Microsoft Sharpens Health Care Focus
Microsoft is marching deeper into health care and the electronic medical records (EMR) market. The software giant has completed its buyout of Sentillion Inc., a private company that specialized in health-care software. Here’s a quick look at the deal and the implications for VARs.
According to xConomy.com:
Microsoft says it plans to incorporate Sentillion’s technology into the Microsoft Amalga Unified Intelligence System that’s supposed to help hospitals synchronize all of the 80 different proprietary IT programs they have on average, and get them to talk to each other.
Microsoft Health Solutions Group is clearly looking to go beyond their Health-Vault implementation. Sentillion’s products will eventually be assimilated, but for the time being, they’re part of a “long term evolution of the combined Sentillion and Microsoft health solutions” which means the Sentillion-branded offerings won’t disappear anytime soon.
What does Sentillion bring to the table? Apparently, ease-of-use applications for health-care providers, along with the ability to give real-time information about patients. Sentillion claims to integrate roughly 572 health-care applications.
Lots of folks are hyping electronic medical record (EMR) opportunities for VARs. The reason: Government EMR spending will apparently grow from from $7.6 billion in 2009 to $9.6 billion in 2014. But with growth comes more competition. Thousands of solutions providers — many of which lack health care expertise — seem to chasing ambulances, hoping to grab some of that cash.