If you are attending the HIMMS convention, here’s some of what you can expect to see at the Microsoft booth(s), which is always busy.  If you want to read up about how Amalga is working in healthcare, here’s a link below to an interview I did last year with Steve Shihadeh.  You can always search this blog as there’s more posts with references.  BD 
Steve Shihadeh, VP Microsoft Health Solutions Group – The Amalga Software Solution for Aggregating Hospital Information (Interview)

Here's a short video from Steve Ballmer, President of Microsoft  talking about how Healthcare is the only vertical where Microsoft will be making some big investments, as he states it is so non-automated and needs help!  BD

At the 2010 Annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference & Exhibition, Microsoft Corp. will showcase in its booth (No. 6733) new solutions for improved information-sharing among doctors, hospitals and patients; a wide range of clinical and research use cases enabled by real-time data aggregation; personal health applications; and tools to help enterprises meet government regulations:
· Connected health experiences. Microsoft and partners will demonstrate ways that critical players in the healthcare ecosystem can interact and share information via multiple interoperable technologies to improve quality of care:
- A new Microsoft health solution for hospitals designed to bridge the islands of care from hospital to home to referring community.
- Remote physician consultation. Microsoft partner InterKnowlogy will showcase its VitruView application, which enables physicians and patients to interact with data, in this case a 3-D image of a patient’s heart, in a unique and intuitive way. InterKnowlogy makes patient data available to caregivers across many screens and devices, including Microsoft Surface, Windows 7 on an HP TouchSmart PC, and a Windows® phone. 
- Cancer patient information and support network. Partner iLink Systems Inc. will show two applications developed as part of a pilot program for The Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment at St. Joseph Hospital of Orange. These applications use several Microsoft technologies, including Microsoft Surface, Windows 7, Microsoft Amalga UIS and Microsoft HealthVault to simplify access to patient information, enable physician collaboration, and facilitate interactive patient and doctor communication.
Critical care solutions. In the Philips booth we will showcase demonstrations that use Windows 7 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010 technologies with the Philips IntelliVue XDS and the Philips VISICU eICU Program. Together the companies will display potential solutions that are being designed to help satisfy objectives for faster delivery of rich health information, greater healthcare efficiency and productivity, and reduced development and infrastructure costs.
· Clinical, research and financial use cases enabled by real-time data aggregation. Microsoft will demonstrate a wide range of uses of the Microsoft Amalga Unified Intelligence System (UIS), a data aggregation platform that integrates vast amounts of clinical, administrative and financial data from a hospital or health system’s disparate information systems. These use cases include the following:
  • - Clinical quality and patient safety
  • - Connected health information exchange (HIE)
  • - Data analysis
  • - Meaningful use
  • - Population health
  • - Organization performance
  • - Research
  • - Imaging
· New modules and the integration between Eclipsys Corp.’s Sunrise Enterprise solutions and Amalga UIS designed to make it easier for physicians, nurses, and hospital administrators to gain insights from and act upon data aggregated from multiple clinical and financial systems across the hospital.
· Tools for helping people manage their health. Microsoft will demonstrate HealthVault-connected Web applications, including the following:
Mayo Clinic Health Manager is an online application designed to help families manage their health and wellness. It allows them to organize and store health information in a single location and interprets personal health information to deliver real-time, individualized information, reminders and health guidance developed by experts at Mayo Clinic.
Department of Defense MiCare, the Military Health System’s personal health record at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash. MiCare is designed to help members of the military and their families more easily and effectively manage their health and wellness, regardless of their location and as they seek care inside and beyond the Military Health System.
· Compliance and health reform. Microsoft’s partners and portfolio of solutions lay the foundation for providers to meet meaningful use and HIPAA 5010 criteria, and prepare for future mandates:
- HIPAA 5010 compliance. Microsoft and partners will show how Microsoft BizTalk Server 2009 is being used to meet new transaction requirements for health claim processes set forth by HIPAA 5010.
· Microsoft HUG Awards ceremony. Microsoft and the Microsoft Health Users Group (Microsoft HUG) will unveil the winners of the 13th Annual Microsoft HUG Awards during a ceremony on March 2 at 3 p.m. EST. The awards recognize healthcare organizations, individuals, software vendors and system integrators that exhibit the best use of Microsoft-based products.
When:             March 1–4, 2010
Where:           Georgia World Congress Center
                        Booth 6733
285 Andrew Young International Blvd.
Atlanta, GA 30313

Other News:   A schedule of presentations scheduled at the Microsoft booth can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/industry/healthcare/providers/events/himss.mspx.
More Information: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/industries/healthandlifesciences/Default.aspx


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