New Java class library adds visual dimension to decision support systems
to help professionals identify patterns and trends spanning many variables

SAN MATEO, California, September 21, 2004 – Stottler Henke Associates, Inc. ( today announced DataMontage™, a new software product that enables rapid visual analysis of complex, time-oriented data. DataMontage is a Java class library that offers unparalleled flexibility to display information-dense collections of timelines, time-series graphs and time- stamped notes. DataMontage enhances reporting and decision support systems for medical data review, manufacturing data analysis, market research, and planning and scheduling – environments in which professionals are often called upon to quickly glean meaning by detecting patterns spanning many variables.“DataMontage helps decision-makers connect many dots to form a discernable picture,” said Jim Ong, Group Manager at Stottler Henke. “By presenting coordinated collections of graphs and timelines, DataMontage makes it possible to find important relationships in complex data much more easily and rapidly than can be seen using traditional graphs.”

DataMontage is the latest addition to a family of commercially available intelligent software tools and applications offered by Stottler Henke, a software development and consulting company with deep expertise in artificial intelligence and other advanced software technologies. Stottler Henke created DataMontage as part of the Intelligent Patient Data Review Assistant (IPDRA), currently under development in collaboration with physicians and medical informatics researchers at the U.S. Department of Defense and at leading medical schools. IPDRA is a Web-based clinical information system designed to help clinicians review patient data more effectively by presenting “views” that show clinically meaningful subsets of each patient’s medical history. For example, a view could present the clinical events, findings, diagnoses, and treatments that comprise the patient’s cardiac history. Another view might show patient data relevant to a specific medical problem such as diabetes. IPDRA uses DataMontage to present timelines and time-series graphs that show many clinical variables at once to help clinicians see significant patterns and trends.

Lincoln Technologies, Inc. (, a software company focused on pharmaceutical development, selected DataMontage for integration into its software for drug safety surveillance and data mining. Lincoln’s software uses statistical data mining techniques to generate drug safety signals from databases of clinical trials and post-marketing adverse event reports. “DataMontage is a wonderful tool for helping drug safety physicians evaluate signals, by drilling down and making sense of complex patient histories which caused the signals to be generated,” said David Fram, vice president of safety software R&D at Lincoln. “DataMontage’s time-aligned displays of adverse reaction onsets and durations, dosing start and stop times of suspect and concomitant medications, and diagnostic test results will help our pharmaceutical users assess the nature and meaning of each patient’s detailed sequence of clinical events more quickly and intuitively.”

DataMontage allows users to view graphs and timelines stacked vertically or arranged in rows and columns to see patterns spanning multiple variables. Flexible control over the color, shape, and size of graph and timeline symbols lets users encode multiple attributes and highlight significant data points. Colored lines and regions in XY graphs help users compare data points to reference values and ranges. DataMontage lets users see additional information associated with each graphical data element using mouse rollovers, popup HTML windows, and navigation to another web page. Any Java applet, application, or Web server application can configure the content and format of DataMontage displays via Java application programming interface (API). Programs written in Java or in other languages can also configure DataMontage displays by creating Extensible Markup Language (XML) files.

DataMontage is available immediately. Stottler Henke is marketing DataMontage to independent software vendors, systems integrators, and end user organizations. Pricing starts at $695 for a minimum configuration of developer and end user licenses. Development of DataMontage was funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Founded in 1988, Stottler Henke Associates, Inc. applies artificial intelligence and other advanced software technologies to solve problems that defy solution using traditional approaches. The company delivers intelligent software solutions for education and training, planning and scheduling, knowledge management and discovery, decision support, and software development. Stottler Henke’s clients include manufacturers, retailers, educational media companies and government agencies. Stottler Henke was named one of the “top 100” companies making a significant impact on the military training industry in 2003 by Military Training Technology magazine.

September 21, 2004