Covisint, Vermont Blueprint for Health Win Prestigious “Innovation Award”: Covisint, a subsidiary of Detroit-based Compuware Corp. (Nasdaq: CPWR), announced that Covisint and Vermont Blueprint for Health together were named “Innovation Award” winners by Microsoft Health User Group at the Microsoft Connected Health Conference. The award recognizes clinical and technical effectiveness for improving patient care. Covisint powers the central registry, clinical decision support and care team portal used by the Vermont Blueprint for Health’s statewide care improvement initiative. Industry experts selected winning entries based on three key innovation metrics: technology representing a breakthrough from the industry’s historical approaches; going beyond incremental improvements of existing technology; and, measurable improvement of significant business and/or clinical processes positively impacting care. The Vermont Blueprint — which works to improve the healthcare of all Vermonters as well as the statewide healthcare system — showed impressive gains in both quality and efficiency utilizing Covisint technology. Early results show a slowing growth rate for hospital discharges and emergency department visits for patients treated in the Advanced Primary Care (medical home) setting supported by Vermont Blueprint for Health. After being in place for more than one year, these programs saw growth rates drop by 15 percent to 25 percent. The Vermont improvement is consistent with the experience of other customers that achieve dramatic care improvement after deploying the Covisint platform. Beyond the Vermont initiative, care improvement enabled by Covisint includes reducing the percentage of diabetic patients with poor glucose control from 26 to 12 percent in four months. Additionally, compliance with medication therapy improved significantly for patients with persistent asthma requiring controller medications. Within a year, 76 percent of the patients were complying with their medication regimen, up from just 43 percent.
Plex Systems Website Named as Official Honoree in Annual Webby Awards: Auburn Hills-based Plex Systems Inc. announced that its Web site, plex.com, has been named an official honoree in the IT hardware and software category of the 15th Annual Webby Awards. Managed by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, the annual Webby Awards recognize excellence in websites based on six criteria: content, structure and navigation, visual design, functionality, interactivity and overall experience. Of the eight IT Hardware/Software honorees, plex.com is the only Cloud ERP solution provider’s website honored in the category. The site may also be named top IT hardware and software Web site based on voting that is now being conducted by members of the academy. All category winners will be announced by the end of May. Plex Systems provided all development resources for the first quarter 2010 Web site redesign project. Plex Systems’ Canton-based PR and marketing firm Markit Strategies and PR, LLC managed the project and provided content and overall design direction. Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Tec-Ed Inc. conducted all usability testing. Ann Arbor-based Pure Visibility Inc. provided search engine optimization consulting.
Plex A Finalist For Three CODiE Software Awards: The Auburn Hills manufacturing management software provider Plex Systems Inc. announced that Plex Online has been named a finalist in three categories of the prestigious CODiE Business Software Awards. Plex Online is a finalist in Best Business/Competitive Intelligence Solution, Best Cloud Management Solution, and Best Supply Chain Management Solution. The CODiE Awards are presented annually by the Software & Information Industry Association to showcase the industry’s finest products and services and to honor excellence in corporate achievement. The award name combines the word “CODE” with the symbol for information (“i”) to visually represent the CODiE Awards’ focus on the software and digital industries. embers of the SIIA are voting now through April 29 to select winners in each category. Finalists will be honored and winners will be announced during the CODiE Awards Luncheon at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, California on May 25. The luncheon takes place as part of the SIIA’s 2011 All About the Cloud Conference, May 23 to 26. Plex Systems is the developer of Plex Online, a SaaS ERP (software as a service) cloud enterprise resource planning system for the manufacturing enterprise. Plex Online offers industry-leading features for virtually every department within a manufacturer, including manufacturing execution systems and quality management systems for the shop floor, supply chain management for procurement, and enterprise resource planning for finance and management. Plex Online’s comprehensive functional coverage delivers a “shop floor to top floor” view of a manufacturer’s operations, enabling management to run its business at maximum efficiency. More information is available at www.plex.com.