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Microsoft to buy healthcare software provider

Posted: 16 Dec 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:healthcare  Microsoft solution  software 

Microsoft Corp. announced plans to acquire Sentillion Inc., a privately held company specialising in software for the healthcare industry. Combining Sentillion's products with Microsoft Amalga Unified Intelligence System (UIS) will make it easier for healthcare professionals to deliver better patient care by streamlining access to multiple IT applications and patient data.

Sentillion will continue to sell and support its products to new and existing customers while Microsoft invests in the long-term evolution of the combined portfolio of Sentillion and Microsoft health solutions. Sentillion will also continue to operate out of its corporate headquarters in Andover, Mass. The acquisition is expected to close in early calendar year 2010. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"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 VP, 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."

"We're excited to build on the powerful foundation we have built over the past decade in product development, sales and marketing, customer relationships, and execution excellence," said Robert Seliger, CEO of Sentillion. "With its commitment to improving health and the global resources it brings to bear, Microsoft is the perfect partner to expand our efforts worldwide."

By combining Sentillion's context management and single sign-on technologies with Amalga UIS, a real-time data aggregation solution, Microsoft aims to give clinicians new insight about patients in real time and enable them to perform 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.

Microsoft Amalga UIS addresses a common and critical challenge of healthcare providers—integrating vast amounts of clinical, administrative and financial information that flow in and out of disparate information systems, and tailoring that information for use by physicians, analysts, laboratory technicians, nurses and administrators. Amalga UIS is in use at more than 115 hospitals in renowned U.S. health organisations, including the Johns Hopkins Health System, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Novant Health and Seattle Children's Hospital.

Sentillion's technologies integrate all types of clinical, business and personal productivity applications, regardless of whether they are Web-based, Windows-based or legacy systems. More than 1,000 hospitals representing 160 healthcare organisations, ranging from single facilities to large, complex multi-state health systems, use Sentillion's solutions as a strategic part of their clinical IT infrastructure.

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