Yesterday I posted about Microsoft Amalga and the New Life Sciences software to be added.  I mention this as the Life Sciences folks are the ones that operate fast and quickly to create custom solutions as needed and with Swine flu, I can imagine they are busy.  Again, I hope to have my recent interview posted soon with Microsoft Life Sciences. 

Microsoft Introduces Groundbreaking Technology – Amalga Life Sciences Software

With the outbreak of Swine flu, Virtual Earth also has a mapping program below to track and review the related stories.  You can also subscribe via RSS to follow.  The links are listed below. 

Live Search - Maps Swine Flu

RSS Feed for Live Maps on Swine Flu -Virtual Earth


With Amalga from Microsoft the hospital was able to create a specific reporting feature to stay on top of Swine flu a their facility.  We are basically talking about health care business intelligence capabilities.  With the WHO moving up the global warning on Swine flu, El Camino will be right on top of the statistics they need for reporting and keeping staff informed. 

El Camino Hospital also just recently announced the opening of their Genomics Center which will help in creating and finding cures and treatment plans for patients, personalized medicine. 

Genomics Center Opens at El Camino Hospital – California

In addition to aggregating data, Amalga is also extremely helpful with needed analytical and reporting functions.  BD 

Within a matter of hours, clinicians at El Camino modified a few fields within Amalga to capture information specific to possible flu cases coming through the hospital’s busy emergency room.  The result is a real-time dashboard that is keeping hospital officials appraised of possible swine flu cases at El Camino and will help them respond appropriately should one or more cases be confirmed.  Clinicians are praising Amalga for the solution’s flexibility and the way it can be adapted to meet specific organizational needs as they arise.

Microsoft has announced plans to provide guidance to other Amalga customers so they too can immediately begin using the solution to clip_image004monitor flu activity.  This could prove especially valuable where Amalga has been deployed to gather community-wide clinical data.  One example of that is the Wisconsin Health Information Exchange where more than a dozen emergency rooms in the state are now able to share real-time clinical data thanks to Microsoft Amalga.

HealthBlog : Monitoring the Pulse of a Pandemic

Related Reading:

Electronic Health Records Not Enough – Aggregation and Better Interfaces Needed

Microsoft Research: Research & Programs for Healthcare
Steve Shihadeh, VP Microsoft Health Solutions Group – The Amalga Software Solution for Aggregating Hospital Information (Interview)
Scripps, Navigenics, Affymetrix and Microsoft team on groundbreaking health study – Personalized Medicine
Business Intelligence Provides Support for Difficult Times – Hospitals
Using Business Intelligence to Bring out the Value of EHRs

Microsoft Amalga at Wisconsin Health Information Exchange – Video about their RHIO Solution

Microsoft Amalga Hospital Information System at Bumrungrad International Hospital

Virtua Health Selects Microsoft Amalga – New Jersey


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