• What are the technical requirements and system specifications for the Neonatal Information System™? +

    The Neonatal Information System™ (NIS™) is a Microsoft Windows® and .NET 4.0®application, utilizing Microsoft SQL® as the back-end database. The NIS™ has the following specifications and requirements:




    SQL Application: SQL Server 2005®

    SQL Application: SQL Server 2008® or 2012®

    Operating system: Microsoft Windows NT®, Microsoft Server 2000® or Windows XP®

    Operating system: Windows 2003 Server®

    Server Memory: 2 GB minimum

    Server Memory: 6 GB (or higher)

    Server Hard Drive Space: 30 GB

    Server Hard Drive Space: 150 GB (or higher)

    Configuration Notes: This basic server configuration supports a small office environment with less than (4) users.

    Your current or proposed configuration can be reviewed in more detail with MDS technical staff.

    Configuration Notes: This server configuration supports an environment of more than (4) users.

    Your current or proposed configuration can be reviewed in more detail with MDS technical staff.


    Workstation requirements: Windows XP Professional®; Windows 7® (32-bit) or Windows 2003 Server®, .NET Framework 4.0®

    Workstation: Windows 7® (32-bit), Windows Vista®, Windows XP Professional®, .NET Framework 4.0®

    Workstation Memory: 2 GB MB minimum

    Workstation Memory: 6 GB minimum

    Workstation Hard Drive Space: 2 GB free space

    Hard Drive Space: 10 GB free space

    All client workstations must have permission to access the machine that has SQL Server installed.

    On-Line Access & Support

    For effective support and maintenance, MDS requires configuring the server (and primary client workstations) to be accessible via VPN and/or Dial-Up connection, and be accessible via a remote application (such as GoTo Assist®, pcAnywhere or Windows® Remote Desktop®).SQL Server Enterprise Manager® needs to be installed for MDS use for general maintenance and support.

    Cooperation with Local Hospital Support

    When possible, MDS keeps on file the contact information of the primary local IS support personnel for coordination and planning purposes. If the hospital has standard contact procedures in place, we can follow the defined process for support and follow-up. This is of primary importance for off-hour and weekend support.

    Technical Support

    MDS primary support hours are Monday through Friday 9a.m. to 5p.m. EST or EDT, excluding all federal holidays. On-line and telephone support are active during these hours. Technical support does not include help with creating custom reports and is available primarily to a designated data manager for trouble shooting. Support is available for MDS software products only and does not cover hardware, non-MDS software products or any connectivity issues. Please refer to the NIS™ end-user license agreement for complete details.

  • Does the Neonatal Information System ™ export data to the Vermont –Oxford Network? +

    Yes, from the NIS™ to the eNICQ VON link.

  • Does the Neonatal Information System ™ export data to the New York State Department of Health’s New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative? +

    Yes. Please call for references for New York State Perinatal Centers that are currently using this feature.

  • What does the Neonatal Information System ™ Annual Support Subscription include? +

    The first year of support is included with the purchase of the Neonatal Information System™. After the first year, an Annual Support Subscription may be purchased with includes on-line and telephone technical support of all MDS products, on-going software updates and enhancements and extends all the terms and warranties of the Medical Data Systems end-user license agreement.

  • Can we export data to a national, regional, state or academic repository? +

    Yes. Please contact us for details.

  • What about Business Associate Agreements and HIPAA compliance? +

    MDS executes Business Associate Agreements with each hospital upon request.

  • Can the NIS™ be used with our hospital EMR? +

    Yes. Through HL7 interfaces.

  • Can MDS import data from our existing in-house high-risk follow-up data base into the NIS™ High-Risk Infant Follow-up application? +

    Most likely! Please contact us to discuss details.

  • Does the NIS accommodate ICD10, ICD11 and CPT codes? +


  • Do you offer upgrade discounts to hospitals still using the DOS NIS? +


  • Do you offer discounts to former clients? +


  • How long has MDS been developing and marketing the Neonatal Information System™? +

    Since 1985.

  • How long has MDS been interfacing the NIS™ with hospital EMRs? +

    Since 1993.

  • What percentage of the MDS client hospitals are children’s hospitals? +

    About 50%.

  • Is the NIS™ an electronic medical record? +

    No. Patient reports, whether printed or electronically produced, are ultimately stored in the patient’s legal medical record – your primary hospital EMR system. The NIS does allow for advanced aggregate data reporting and clinical quality improvement reporting – saving you time in securely collecting data on hundreds of patients in seconds rather than hours.

  • Can we use the NIS™ for a set of Regional Hospitals? +

    The strength of the NIS™ and the NISHRF has always been its ability to create rich - data-driven reports. These reports can be used for a single location - or the data can be easily aggregated for reporting on a group of regional institutions at the same time. So a single report can be used for quality review for a single hospital/clinic - or a group of them - with just a few mouse clicks.

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