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Call for Entries Announced for 2008 MS-HUG Innovation Awards
Date:10/22/2007

11th annual awards recognize technology innovation for healthcare.

CHICAGO and REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Microsoft Healthcare Users Group (MS-HUG) and Microsoft Corp. today announced a call for entries for the 2008 MS-HUG Healthcare Innovation Awards. The contest, open to any healthcare organization, recognizes leadership in the use of technology to improve the quality and delivery of healthcare.

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Now in its 11th year of rewarding excellence in innovative healthcare technology, the annual awards program highlights solutions seen as most critical to driving transformation in healthcare delivery. Eligible solutions must be based on Microsoft technology and enable individuals to measurably improve business and/or clinical processes that affect patient care.

The MS-HUG Healthcare Innovation Awards showcase organizations that promote performance breakthroughs by enhancing the quality of patient care, reducing costs, streamlining clinical and business processes, driving interoperability, improving productivity and workflow, and enabling informed decisions. The awards recognize the healthcare organization -- together with any collaborating industry solutions vendor or systems integrator -- that demonstrates industry leadership in each of the following categories:

-- Clinical Records, Inpatient

-- Clinical Records, Ambulatory

-- Delivery Transformation

-- Disease Surveillance

-- Interoperability

-- Outcome Reporting

Awards Schedule

An online entry kit and full awards details are available on the MS-HUG Web site at http://www.mshug.org/awards. Entries must be submitted online by Monday, Dec. 3, at 5 p.m. PST. More information about the awards is available from Monika Skibeness at v-moniks@microsoft.com. Winners will be announced at the 2008 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition, Feb. 24-28, 2008, in Orlando, Fla., and will be highlighted on the MS-HUG, HIMSS and Microsoft Web sites.

About MS-HUG

Microsoft Healthcare Users Group is a membership community within the HIMSS Users Group Alliance Program, providing technology leadership and knowledge for improving healthcare delivery and efficiency. The alliance provides HIMSS with targeted industry expertise to help broaden its professional and industry contributions, and provides MS-HUG members with the opportunity to reach new markets with educational and professional development programs. MS-HUG is the leading healthcare industry forum for exchanging ideas, promoting learning and sharing solutions for information systems using Microsoft technologies. MS-HUG works to provide industry leadership, drive appropriate standards and develop associated requirements in support of healthcare solutions. The diverse membership of MS-HUG is united by a shared interest in implementing vendor- and user-developed software based on Microsoft technology to improve quality and efficiency in healthcare. More information can be found on MS-HUG's Web site at http://www.mshug.org.

About Microsoft in Health and Life Sciences

Microsoft provides standards-based products and technology to help the health and life sciences industries break down information barriers between the disparate IT environments across pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies, physicians and healthcare professionals, provider organizations, government and private-sector employers, health insurers, and consumers. Microsoft's vision for knowledge-driven health utilizes the company's market-leading technology to help people in the healthcare provider, payer and life sciences organizations integrate their systems, dramatically enhance collaboration, and increase information sharing and learning -- ultimately resulting in the ability to deliver high-quality products and services to patients and consumers worldwide. More information about Microsoft in Health and Life Sciences can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/healthcare.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.


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