Microsoft and Swedish Enter Agreement
Article by George Norman
On 22 Sep 2011
Redmond-based software giant Microsoft announced yesterday, the 21st of September, that it entered an agreement with Swedish , the largest, most comprehensive non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area. As part of the agreement Swedish will implement Microsoft’s health intelligence platform Amalga. Swedish will use Amalga to improve care coordination, manage population health, strengthen its relationship with the patients and providers, and improve patient transitions and care quality.

Swedish is one of many other renowned health-care institutions to use Microsoft Amalga. The health intelligence platform is also used by New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Johns Hopkins Health System, Norton Healthcare, Providence Health & Services, and St. Joseph Health System.

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What Amalga does is it takes the clinical, administrative and financial information that flows in and out of disparate information systems, and it tailors it to be used by physicians, analysts, laboratory technicians, nurses and administrators. An organization that implements Amalga gains easy access to data, data that can be used to facilitate better decision-making and improved patient outcomes.

Rod Hochman, Swedish President and CEO, had this to comment on the partnership with Microsoft:
“Healthcare reform requires health systems to do more with less. Amalga is a key technology enabler that will allow us to efficiently combine data stored in disparate IT systems across multiple facilities and use it to uncover opportunities to improve performance and the quality of patient care across the care continuum.”

And here is what Peter Neupert, corporate vice president, Microsoft Health Solutions Group at Microsoft, had to say about the partnership:
“We’re excited to collaborate with Swedish and demonstrate the power of connected data to build insight and transform healthcare. The ability to easily find and access health data across the enterprise is critical to enabling every participant in the health system to make timely and informed decisions and to continually improving the quality and efficiency of care.”



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