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Microsoft and Azyxxi: What does it mean to our industry?

Microsoft and Azyxxi: What does it mean to our industry?

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So what does the announcement of Microsoft's acquisition of Azyxxi mean to the healthcare industry?  In my opinion, it is an important first step in a journey that will produce huge benefits for clinicians and patients.  First and foremost, it signals an important change in strategy for our company.  I'll let you read the article in the New York Times for more on that. 

More importantly, I believe it takes healthcare information technology and those who build solutions for the industry in a whole new direction.  If you've followed my Blog and some of the articles I have written, you've seen my rants on the clinical systems commonly in use today.  You've read why I believe we must evolve to a more common user interface that is so intuitive; clinicians need little or no training to use it.  Community doctors move from hospital to hospital.  Nurses move around as well.  We are becoming increasingly mobile and we need solutions that work no matter where we are or what device we are using.  We cannot expect healthcare professionals to change the way they work depending on the particular hospital they are visiting, or for that matter, the state, region or country they are practicing in.  It is difficult enough to do patient care without having to learn a dozen different ways to do the work-flow depending on what clinical information system or systems are in use.  Think of the analogy of driving a car.  You may need a little time to familiarize yourself with the controls for a given make and model and then adjust for regional variations by country (traffic signs or what side of the road to drive on) but once you know how to drive a car, you can generally jump in and start driving it no matter where in the world you are.

The Azyxxi solution came about, as most good things do, out of sheer frustration.  One of the physician developers told me his hospital had spent hundreds of millions of dollars on clinical systems the doctors working there couldn't or wouldn't use.  Using commodity software and the latest technologies from Microsoft, they built a solution that aggregates clinical information from all the disparate systems in use.  With sub-second response time it securely delivers patient information in a standardized and intuitive format to enable clinical decision making, business and clinical analytics, bio-surveillance, and more.  Furthermore, the solution opens up ways to take advantage of the information worker tools, and communication and collaboration technologies our company is famous for.  Frankly, I sometimes think better solutions to facilitate communication and collaboration in healthcare are perhaps more important to the industry and to patient safety than tools that simply help us assimilate and document patient information.

I'll have more to say on this in future entries.  You'll find a bunch more information about Azyxxi and MedStar on-line including videos, articles and case studies.  Just search the keywords "Azyxxi" or "Microsoft and Azyxxi".  Now, if I could just learn to spell Azyxxi without having to look at the word each time I type it :)

Bill Crounse, MD    Healthcare Industry Director    
Microsoft Healthcare and Life Sciences

  
  • I am having a remarkably difficult time getting an intelligent answer/POC for Microsoft's  Azyxxi software. Our college has a medical school and I foolishly thought there might be some synergy in providing some exposure for Microsoft's product. All I can get from Microsoft support is "they've enver heard of it" and "call the PR firm" - which sspeaks volumes.

    http://www.azyxxi.com/

    D. Lenier Anderson

    danderss@triton.edu

  • I am having a remarkably difficult time getting an intelligent answer/POC for Microsoft's  Azyxxi software. Our college has a medical school and I foolishly thought there might be some synergy in providing some exposure for Microsoft's product. All I can get from Microsoft support is "they've enver heard of it" and "call the PR firm" - which speaks volumes.

    http://www.azyxxi.com/

    D. Lenier Anderson

    danderss@triton.edu

  • PingBack from http://www.emrandhipaa.com/administrator/2006/09/04/microsofts-acquisition-of-azyxxi/

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