CA and Olympus share a new view – of the gastrointestinal tract

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A new family of highly advanced endoscopy software is being developed for the medical industry. Olympus America is using Computer Associates’ Jasmineii to provide next-generation medical solutions which they say will improve the efficiency of medical diagnostic procedures and reduce costs.

These self-monitoring medical devices will allow doctors to inspect the lining of patients’ internal organs, particularly those of the gastrointestinal tract.

“We see this collaboration as the beginning of a very broad and powerful long-term alliance between Olympus and CA,” said Mark Gumz, president of Olympus. “In addition to possessing the eBusiness technology and development expertise to help bring our advanced endoscopy solutions to bear, CA has demonstrated a keen interest in forging a solid partnership, and proven its commitment and ability to grow along with us in the future.”

Jasmineii will be the eBusiness platform, as well an integrated object repository for the newest version of Olympus’ EndoWorks computer system and Evis Exera endoscopy products.

Health providers will be have access to medical information across Local Area Networks, Wide Area Networks and the internet, making it easier to compare findings to archived information, and diagnose and treat conditions. The solution will also make it possible to view and exchange data with others.

“Considering the tremendous cost pressures the healthcare industry is experiencing today, it’s critical that we be able to harness cutting-edge eBusiness technologies to deliver a whole new range of efficiencies,” said Jim Costello, vice president of business and product development of Olympus.

Olympus was especially attracted to Jasmineii because of its tremendous eBusiness potential. Said Costello, “Having everything in one integrated package makes it an extremely robust solution, much more straightforward in terms of the development process, and a lot more reliable.”

The software handles images and other complex objects efficiently, allowing video clips and other multimedia to be captured and utilized by hospitals, patients and other customers. It also provides a portal that allows seamless integration with client/server networks and legacy systems that are commonly found within hospital environments.

“The openness of the Jasmineii platform was extremely important to us because our customers don’t just jump into to eBusiness by throwing out their old systems and implementing everything new,” said Costello. “Our medical customers can take advantage of everything they have in place, and not have to recreate their entire information world in order to benefit from our product.”

Using CA’s Neugents software, the Olympus endoscope products will continuously accumulate sampled procedures, providing doctors with a form of advanced artificial intelligence that allows them to use information from web-based libraries or secure databases.

The new Olympus products will automatically record the number of diagnostic sessions conducted by each facility on each piece of equipment, and forward the information to the appropriate parties via the internet each month.

“Automating administrative procedures such as these will alleviate the burden upon medical experts, who often spend more time completing paperwork than actually diagnosing and treating patients,” said Gumz.

Computer Associates International has 20,000 employees worldwide and had revenue in excess of $6 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2000. Leveraging technology accelerators such as Express Delivery, Express Maintenance and Neugents, CA Services enables organizations in eBusiness, enterprise management, application solutions, knowledge management, security, business assessments and visualization.

Olympus America distributes a diversified range of products in optics and digital information technology for consumer, scientific, healthcare, commercial and industrial markets. These products include film and filmless cameras, micro cassette and digital voice recorders, binoculars, film scanners, personal photo printers, medical and industrial endoscopes, biological and metallurgical microscopes and measuring instruments, clinical diagnostic analyzers, and other high technology products.

The company is active in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Olympus America in Melville, NY, is a subsidiary of Olympus Optical Co, Ltd. with worldwide revenues of $4.2 billion for the year ended March 1999.

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