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New regional forum will boost APAC healthcare solutions, says Microsoft

AvantiKumar | March 2, 2009
Microsoft and HIMSS launch industry forum at HIMSS AsiaPac09

Our priority is to enable better and further collaboration between technology and people to break down the information barriers that exist between the disparate IT environments across the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, said Rijpma. Through solution accelerators that enable interoperability in key areas such as secure messaging, clinical information worker and clinical data manipulation, we can enable solutions that are otherwise not available to existing healthcare IT environments.

A collaborative open approach

Microsoft Asia Pacific industry technology strategist for healthcare Werner Van Huffel said: One of our most prominent projects for healthcare globally is the Microsoft Common User Interface (CUI): a set of components that developers can use to create healthcare applications. Recently we have released several new components including a terminology component incorporating Standardised Nomenclature of Medicine' (SNOMED) services. This project serves as an example of how Microsoft's philosophy of knowledge-driven health can combine with the expertise of our partner, in this case HealthLanguage, to produce positive outcomes.

US-based health IT applications developer HealthLanguage Inc's senior vice-president, Marc Horowitz, said: The diverse nature of health care requires partners to collaborate effectively to respond to the various needs of professionals involved. By offering healthcare professionals the ability to simply, quickly, and accurately enter and access clinical information, this combination of technologies supports both companies' shared goal of providing easy-to-use, standardized solutions that enhance patient care and safety.


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