Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Contract Guardian Featured at HCCA Compliance Institute in Las Vegas

Be sure and visit the Contract Guardian Booth in Las Vegas. Contract Guardian (leading Healthcare Contract Management Solution) will be featured at the HCCA Complaince Institute Conference being held in Las Vegas. (April 26-29)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Query Enhancement to allow Search by Vendor

Contract Guardian's easy to use Query facility has been enhanced to allow contracts to be searched by Vendor/Other Party in addition to the other selection criteria available to the end user with the appropriate security level. The search results can be easily transferred to the user in Excel or XML formats via a push of a button.

A press release on this enhancement as well as other materials are available in the library at Contract Guardian. If you would like to discuss this feature in more detail, please contact John Reuter at 513-977-4591 or e-mail him at

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Contract Guardian part of Strategic Agenda for Hospitals

Faced with lingering economic uncertainty and heightened regulatory requirements, hospitals are under ever-increasing pressures to develop and execute strategies to continuously improve performance, mitigate risk, and ensure fiscal accountability. Contract Guardian is a prime example of a lever for achieving these objectives through contract lifecyle management.

Contract lifecycle management is the process of systematically and efficiently managing contract creation, execution, and analysis for maximizing financial and operational performance and minimizing risk.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Portal Technology used with Contract Guardian Contract Management Solution

The e.ssential™ Contract Guardian has portal technology as a foundation. This approach allows us to rapidly customize the solution to meet your needs, deliver it via the web and expand to include other products and solutions you already use or desire. This capability allows Contract Guardian to deliver the key features of contract management.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Contract Guardian FREE TRIAL

We are pleased to announce that Contract Guardian now offers a free trial of the leading Contract Management Software.

A few of the things that Contract Guardian will do for you:

  • Scan and store contract documents in a searchable centralized database

  • Locate contracts immediately, eliminating the need for copies and manual distribution

  • Advance email alerts for expiration, critical dates and automatic renewal of contracts

  • Control contractual obligations while preparing for audits and accreditations

  • Minimize risk of non-compliance by reducing payments on expired contracts

  • Maximize revenue collections and eliminate wasteful spending

  • Eliminate the risk of missing warranty expirations and service/maintenance requirements

Register for a free trial!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Custom Videos........

Rippe and Kingston Systems, Inc. developers of Contract Guardian has developed a series of videos designed for CHRISTUS Healthcare a Catholic-related health system providing faith-based care in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, and in Mexico with over 40 facilities. The videos illustrate the use of Contract Guardian for their specific version of the application. To learn more about Contract Guardian please visit, send e-mail to or call 513-977-4591.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Journal Feature

Contract Guardian includes a feature called the Journal that tracks various automated functions from creating a contract to expiration notices that are sent to users. The journal feature allows users to view the audit stamps for these events in date order. Users can also add their own non-editable entries. Recent audits added include recording the original and new values of various fields on a contract. As an example, if a user changes the expiration date on a contract, both the original and new value are saved in the journal with the user who make the change, the date and time are also recorded.

Please e-mail for additional information or visit

Monday, October 13, 2008

Scanning Contracts

We have placed one of our training videos that illustrates how a user can simply scan and upload a single contract using an HP7800 scanner. Other videos are available from Contract Guardian that illustrate how a user can use the application. If you want to see a more detailed demonstration or have any questions, please send an e-mail to or call 513-977-4591.


Saturday, September 27, 2008

$3.9 Billion overspend in US Healthcare

A study released today by American Hospital Directory suggests that as much as half of the $7.8 billion spent by American hospitals on contract labor could be saved through better management.

American Hospital Directory published its first contract labor study in August 2004 using data through 2002. The study released today is the second in this series of reports, and incorporates data through 2003 and preliminary data for 2004.
The full report, Trends in the Use of Contract Labor among Hospitals, may be downloaded (free) from

Saturday, September 13, 2008

U.S. Healthcare Industry Aligns to Improve Patient Safety and Supply Chain Efficiency

In case you happen to miss the announcemnet in Forbes...GS1 Healthcare US welcomes the recent announcement of the Coalition for Healthcare eStandards (CHeS) and the Health Industry Group Purchasing Association's (HIGPA) agreement to work together to reduce healthcare costs and improve healthcare supply chain efficiency. CHeS, the leading industry-wide standards advocacy organization, will now serve as a committee under HIGPA, the preeminent organization that advocates on behalf of healthcare group purchasing organizations.This news follows the recent announcement from the Healthcare Supply Chain Standards Coalition (HSCSC) to merge their working groups into GS1 Healthcare US to eliminate any redundancy in efforts.

Rippe & Kingston is uniquely qualified to assist the Healthcare Industry with their extensive background in both standards-based data pools (1SYNC and GDSN Services) and contract management (Contract Guardian) for the healthcare industry.

About GS1 US(TM) GS1 US, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the adoption and implementation of standards-based, global supply chain solutions. GS1 US operates subsidiaries EPCglobal North America(TM), RosettaNet, and 1SYNC(TM).

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Contract Guardian Expands Support with New On Demand Training Videos

Contract Guardian continues to expand it's scope of support through the use of On Demand training videos. Videos are accessible via the Contract Guardian Portal or directly from within the application by clicking the Help Button.

A recent video illustrates how to scan a contract using an HP7800 scanner with the single button feature to Contract Guardian.

Monday, May 12, 2008

advance for Health Information Professionals features Contract Guardian

Rippe and Kingston Offers Contract Guardian. Rippe and Kingston Systems Inc., provider of contract management solutions for health care, now offers Contract Guardian as a managed service using its Portal Based Solution, which uses a 100 percent browser user interface. Contract Guardian dynamically designs screens based on the user's credentials and roles. Features such as document management, external (RSS) and internal news feeds, document loading and downloading to excel, full comment journaling, interface alerts via e-mail and calendar, as well as power searching features deliver a managed service solution with no capital investment.

Contract Guardian uses LANSA as the foundation technology. LANSA provides simple but powerful application development tools and solutions to thousands of customers worldwide.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Disaster Recovery

I thought you might enjoy this pod cast that is sponsored by our data vaulting partner VAULT400. The speaker is Wayne Madden from System iNetwork.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

New Feature - Unlimited Custom Fields

Contract Guardian will allow users to add custom fields to each contract. The Contract Manager can determine what each field should be called and can set the label for each custom field. The Contract Manager can store the new attributes with each contract. They can also include these fields in the Query Reporting application that is available. If you would like to see or learn more of this new feature, please contact or visit our web site at