Lunar Technologies into health care systems 
Lunar Technologies Ltd, a new computer company in Sri Lanka which is into innovative hospital software, has won an award as a ‘Start-up' at the recently concluded “National Best Quality Software Awards 2008” conducted annually by the Sri Lanka Section of the British Computer Society.
Lunar also won an international award for its software in March 2008, judged by the Editors of the Computer World Magazine, and for its pioneering efforts in bringing the benefits of a computerized database to health care in a developing country. As part of a Swiss Red Cross project sponsored by Swiss Solidarity, Lunar has developed an advanced MDS (Multi Disease Surveillance) program to improve documentation of patients treated in Sri Lankan hospitals and to speed up notification of infectious diseases. It can print useful reports for the patients like bed head tickets and discharge letters. The software takes
advantage of Cache from the InterSystems Corporation , a database system widely used in hospitals of the industrial world. Lunar is pioneering its introduction into Sri Lanka. As well as providing a patient medical record, Lunar's system contributes to public health by notifying infectious cases to Medical Officers of Health and produces health statistics automatically. This is very important for preventing outbreaks and planning health strategy. Lunar believes that this is just the beginning of more interesting developments to come as the system has the potential to cover many other areas of patient care and support hospital management. MDS provides a start to the computerization of hospitals. It will later be extended to a complete hospital information system, for better health care.

In picture: The board of Lunar Technologies with managing director Dr. Denham Pole , chairman Mr. Gamini Karunaratne, directors Ms. Priscilla Weerawardena, Mr. Sunil Deheragoda , Mr. Mohammad Haniffa and chief software engineer Mr. Thurairajasingam Senthilruban