Microsoft Looks to Expand Healthcare Offerings

Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media , December 10, 2009

Microsoft announced today that it expects to acquire Sentillion, Inc., an Andover, MA-based healthcare software company, which the technology giant said will "make it easier for nurses to use IT to improve patient care."

Microsoft believes combining Sentillion's context management and single sign-on technologies with its Amalga Unified Intelligence System (UIS), which provides real-time data aggregation, will give clinicians information about patients in real time and allow them to "the appropriate task with unprecedented speed. At the same time, the workflow of clinicians will be simplified, allowing them to spend less time navigating different IT systems and more time with patients," according to Microsoft.

"Microsoft and Sentillion share a vision of a connected health system in which the free and rapid flow of information, coupled with streamlined access to a hospital's myriad healthcare applications, empowers doctors and nurses to perform their roles with greater insight, speed and effectiveness," said Peter Neupert, corporate vice president, Microsoft Health Solutions Group. "As a result, our products and strategies are a natural fit. Joining efforts with Sentillion will allow us to amplify and accelerate the impact we can make in health IT and health globally."

Amalga UIS is used at more than 115 hospitals, including the Johns Hopkins Health System, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Novant Health, and Seattle Children's Hospital. Sentillion's technologies, meanwhile, are in more than 1,000 hospitals representing 160 healthcare organizations, ranging from single facilities to large, complex multistate health systems, according to Microsoft.

The acquisition is expected to close in early 2010. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Les Masterson is an editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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