Adds Biosite Triage Cardiac Panel and BNP Test Meters to its Information Management
VA and San Diego, CA – August
24, 2001 – Medical Automation Systems, Inc. (MAS;
Charlottesville, VA) and Biosite® Incorporated (Nasdaq:BSTE;
San Diego, CA) announce the integration of Biosite’s Triage®
System and the RALS-Plus Information Management System for
point-of-care testing in hospitals.
The integration of the Triage® System and RALS-Plus
enables instant access to information generated through use of
Biosite’s quantitative point-of-care diagnostic products.
Additionally, the integrated system enables laboratory
personnel to capture and store test results and to rapidly
access patient information that can be used for immediate
fulfillment of billing (reimbursement) procedures.
The system’s extensive analysis and reporting tools
also help hospitals comply with laboratory regulatory
requirements, such as CLIA, CAP and JCAHO.
Biosite’s Triage® System provides rapid
quantitative test results for critical care applications by
reducing complex immunoassay procedures to a portable,
point-of-care platform. To date, Biosite has commercialized two
diagnostic devices that utilize the Triage® System
Triage® Cardiac Panel is a one-step whole blood test
that aids in the diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction by
providing quantitative measurements of three cardiac markers,
myoglobin, CK-MB, troponin I, within approximately 15 minutes.
The Triage® BNP Test, which measures B-type
natriuretic peptide (BNP), is the first objective test approved
to aid in the diagnosis of congestive heart failure.
RALS-Plus is a vendor-independent information management
system that manages data from point-of-care testing devices
throughout a hospital or health system.
The consistent look and feel of each RALS-Plus screen,
independent of device, enhances usability and reduces training
and support issues. The
initial integration effort will incorporate both the Triage®
Cardiac Panel and the Triage® BNP Test into RALS-Plus.
Biosite expects to utilize RALS-Plus with additional
tests that are added to the Triage® System menu.
“We are pleased to expand our relationship with
combination of our products allows us to deliver the most
innovative and advanced systems to meet hospital customers’
diagnostic information management and regulatory
requirements,” says Greg Menke, chief executive officer and
president of Medical Automation Systems. “Our goal from the
inception of our business in 1994 was to provide data management
solutions for all point-of-care testing,” he continued.
“We started the business supporting only critical
care applications, then added the glucose analyte with for our
RALS-G data management system,” Menke continued. ”Now we
have come full circle back to a total vendor-independent
position for all point of care applications with RALS-Plus.
The addition of the Triage® System to the
RALS-Plus suite now enables laboratory managers or point-of-care
coordinators to manage the results from these devices throughout
the hospital, in locations, such as the ER, Chest Pain Unit,
Critical Care Unit or in the laboratory itself.”
“We are very pleased to extend our partnership
with MAS by adding our Triage® System to the RALS-Plus
family,” says Peter Burch, Biosite’s director of platform
initially worked with MAS to provide Laboratory Information
System connectivity for our Triage Census™ Plus Data
Management System, which is in use at several major hospitals
will increase the data management and connectivity options
available to our customers, and the integration of the two
systems represents an important step toward expanding the reach
of laboratory medicine to point-of-care testing.”
Earlier this year, Biosite and MAS integrated
Biosite’s Triage® Census™ Data Management System
with the MAS RALS®-LIS Interfacing System, enabling
automatic transfer of test results from the Triage®
System through Census and to the laboratory information system (LIS).
RALS-LIS provides automated interfacing between any
point-of-care data management systems and all major LIS systems.