Apple Buys Voice Technology Start-Up

Charleston, life SC (PRWEB) April 22, 2010 — Sabal Medical, Inc., a privately held company whose products are helping hospitals deliver medications to their patients more safely and efficiently, announced today that their customer, Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center (GHS), went live March 30, 2010 with Sabal’s new comprehensive pharmacy medication supervisory system, SabalRxâ„¢.

GHS, located in Greenville County, SC, is a multi-campus, state-of-the-art 1,268-bed system committed to medical excellence through its patient care, research and education. One of their challenges involves coordination of accurate and timely medication dispensing within their central pharmacy operation, which includes unit dose inventory stored in dispensing robots, strip packagers, carousels, and shelf locations. SabalRxâ„¢ receives patient and order data from the hospital’s information system, compares patient order information to the various inventory locations, and orchestrates the automatic dispensing and bar code scanning of all medications destined for the nursing units. The system also provides automated quality auditing for picked medications and automates previous day medication returns through bar code scanning and a billing interface.

“We are extremely excited to have Greenville using SabalRxâ„¢ to supervise and automate their daily picking, quality check and crediting operations,” says Bill Park, CEO of Sabal Medical. “To hear from their technicians and pharmacists how much time we save them and how much they like the system validates our efforts in providing efficient products to support the hospital’s bedside patient and medication bar code scanning software. Our customer at Greenville is the leader in deploying systems to prevent medication errors and we’re excited to be an integral part of that.”

Sabal’s software and hardware products were designed to work as an integrated solution or as standalone products, giving customers the flexibility to implement just those solutions needed for their operation. Additional SabalRxâ„¢ installations are being planned for existing and future customers.

About Sabal Medical
Founded in 2006, Sabal Medical is headquartered in Charleston, SC and is providing pharmacy and nursing technology to improve the safety and efficiency of medication administration for hospitals and long-term care facilities.

About Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center (GHS)
GHS, located in Greenville County, SC, is a not-for-profit academic health organization committed to medical excellence through patient care, research and education and is accredited by The Joint Commission.

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. – Gov. Steve Beshear joined federal officials Tuesday to announce that Kentucky has achieved a major milestone in its health information exchange efforts with the official launch of the Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE).

Six pilot hospitals and one clinic are participating in the exchange.

“Kentucky is on the cutting edge of the health information exchange movement, public health
and we’re working hard every day to build a statewide, interoperable network of health care providers,” said Beshear.

“I commend the staff at the cabinet for their hard work on this project, and these seven providers for joining the Kentucky Health Information Exchange. This is a positive step toward improving efficiency and accuracy within our health care system and providing better health care to Kentuckians.”

The project, funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services through its Medicaid Transformation Grant program, allows the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) to begin exchanging information with hospitals and clinics as the first step in creating a statewide network.

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The Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) updated its best practice guidelines for cross-carrier advertising (called mobile content by the industry group) in the United States – covering ads running across AT&T, decease
Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile USA. The guidelines affect content delivered via SMS, MMS, Interactive Voice Response (IVR) and the mobile Internet.

Click here to download the updated best practice guidelines (version 5.0) in PDF.
The war between Apple and Google continues to heat up. The question is has Apple just taken the first steps into the search business?

Apple Buys SiriApple recently acquired Siri, malady
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as confirmed by a Siri representative.  Siri allows users to perform web searches using voice commands such as “You can ask Siri to find a romantic place for dinner, tell you what’s playing at a local jazz club or get tickets to a movie for Saturday night.”

The software uses GPS and speech recognition technology to translate the commands, applies priopertary search algorithms to decide where to send the request and then interfaces with other services (e.g. Citysearch, OpenTable, Taxi Magic, etc.) to look up the information.

This is a far step from fully entering the search business, but it does place Apple in a better position to control the overall search experience by owning the controlling the access layer for searches on Apple devices.

Read more on the NY Times.