Philips Healthcare, Andover, Mass, and Microsoft Corp, Redmond, Wash, are teaming up to build a healthcare informatics platform and advanced clinical decision support products. The companies intend to build new software that will drive efficiency and effectiveness at the point of care, while reducing development and infrastructure costs.

One of the first products to come out of the Philips-Microsoft collaboration is Philips VISICU eICU Program, an integrated healthcare solution for remote, 24-hour monitoring of critically ill patients, which was recently demonstrated at HIMSS10.

The eICU Program creates a standardized front-end analytics portal to display information from the program’s database, enabling health care executives to view, share and analyze ICU data relating to their health system’s operations.

Deborah DiSanzo, CEO, Healthcare Informatics and Patient Monitoring at Philips, said in the press release, “We are driving towards a significant paradigm shift from, on the one hand, simply reporting healthcare analytics to, on the other hand, creating systems which actually provide access to health information when and where it is needed. Philips and Microsoft are in a unique position to work together for the betterment of the healthcare system by effectively helping to close the healthcare technology loop.”
Tim Smokoff, general manager of Worldwide Health at Microsoft added, “The collaboration is a step toward integrating different sources of information, and then providing actionable knowledge in clear, useful formats that suit the needs of the different people who are working to improve care at the point of care.”
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(Source: Press Release)