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Microsoft, Penn State Hershey Medical Center Showcase Road Map to Patient Flow Efficiencies at First Healthcare Provider Symposium
Date:12/4/2008

REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In the midst of a season of renewed focus on solving big healthcare challenges in the United States, healthcare providers from across the country are convening this week at Microsoft Corp.'s corporate headquarters in Redmond, Wash., for the first U.S. Public Sector Healthcare Provider Symposium. Symposium attendees are examining ways to apply information technology (IT) innovations to solve real-world problems in their clinical, business and research settings. From the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to Penn State's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and many others, healthcare IT leaders will examine the latest business system improvements including performance management, unified intelligence, chronic condition management, personal health platforms and patient flow management, all made possible by leveraging commercial off-the-shelf technologies.

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"One critical role of technology in the healthcare industry is to better enable and empower the nurses, doctors and staff who are providing caring environments for patients," said Curt Kolcun, vice president of Microsoft U.S. Public Sector. "This symposium showcases the innovation taking place within clinical, research and business healthcare settings -- innovations that will evolve the industry into one that is more collaborative, data-driven and results-oriented without breaking the bank."

Microsoft Patient Flow Management Solutions

Enhanced workplace performance and usable data is needed most acutely in the area of hospital patient workflows, which have strategic and financial consequences. Variation in patient flow occurs throughout a hospital and contributes to such problems as extended wait times, overcrowding and boarding in the eme
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