Table 3.

Comparison of Features of Commercially Available Neonatal Information Systems

Features*Medical Data SystemsMetaSoftSite of Care Systems
Neonatal intensive care unit product nameNeoKnowledgeNeoNotesThe Daily Baby
Daily notes, summary reports, problem listsYesYesYes
Custom reports availableYesLimited to built in reportsYes
Adaptable for use in normal newbornsYesOnly one set of entry screensSeparate entry screens for well babies
ICD-9 and CPT codingFullAvailable for most common diagnoses & proceduresFull
Physicians ordersParenteral nutrition ordersAll fluid and parenteral nutrition ordersNo
Statistical reportingBuilt in, with ability to query on all accessible elementsSome, with ability to open data in external database to queryBuilt in, with ability to query on all accessible elements
Built in report faxingYesYesYes
Technical features
Current platformsWindows 95, NT stand alone or multi-userWindows 95, NT stand alone or multi-userWindows 95, NT and Macintosh stand alone or multi-user
Supports linkages to other hospital systems (HL7)Custom interfaces available, HL7 compliantCustom interfaces being consideredCustom interfaces available, HL7 member
User support: on line help, manuals and phone supportYesYesYes
Data size limitationsNoneNoneNone
Audit trails, password securityYesYesYes
Error checking at data entry of key fieldsYesYesYes
Company descriptionPrivately held, in business since 1985Privately held, in business since 1996Privately held, in business since 1996
Company a JCAHO ORYX vendorYesNoYes
  • * Based on personal communication with company presidents Anne Peckham (MDS), William Lowe, MD (MetaSoft), and William Craddock (Site of Care Systems) June 25, 1998.