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Microsoft HUG 2009 Innovation Awards Call for Entries Now Open
Date:1/5/2009

CHICAGO and REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Microsoft Health Users Group (Microsoft HUG) and Microsoft Corp. today announced a call for entries for the Microsoft HUG 2009 Innovation Awards. The annual contest, open to any healthcare organization and health technology solution partner, recognizes leadership in the use of technology to improve the quality and delivery of healthcare.

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Now in their 12th year of rewarding excellence in healthcare technology, the Microsoft HUG 2009 Innovation Awards showcase organizations that promote 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.

Eligible solutions must be based on Microsoft technology and enable individuals to measurably improve significant business and/or clinical processes affecting patient care. The awards recognize the healthcare organization, together with any collaborating solutions vendor or systems integrator, that demonstrates industry leadership in each of the following categories:

    --  Clinical Records -- Inpatient
    --  Clinical Records -- Ambulatory
    --  Health Information Exchange (HIE) and Interoperability
    --  Microsoft HealthVault Applications

Awards Schedule

A downloadable submission entry form and full details are available on the Microsoft HUG Web site at http://www.mshug.org/awards. Entries must be e-mailed to v-moniks@microsoft.com and the release form faxed to the attention of Monika Skibeness at (425) 936-7329 by Feb. 7 at 5 p.m. PST.

More information about the awards is available by visiting the Microsoft HUG Web site or contacting Monika Skibeness at v-moniks@microsoft.com. Winners will be announced at the 2009 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society annual conference and exhibition (HIMSS 2009), April 4-8, 2009, in Chicago, and will be highlighted on the Microsoft HUG, HIMSS and Microsoft Web sites.

About Microsoft 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 Microsoft HUG members with the opportunity to reach new markets with educational and professional development programs.

Microsoft HUG is the leading healthcare industry forum for exchanging ideas, promoting learning and sharing solutions for information systems using Microsoft technologies. Microsoft HUG works to provide industry leadership, drive appropriate standards and develop associated requirements in support of healthcare solutions. The diverse membership of Microsoft 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 Microsoft HUG's Web site at http://www.mshug.org.

About Microsoft in Health

Microsoft is committed to improving health around the world through software innovation. Over the past 12 years, Microsoft has steadily increased its investments in health, with a focus on addressing the challenges of health providers, health and social services organizations, payers, consumers and life sciences companies, worldwide. Microsoft closely collaborates with a broad ecosystem of partners and develops its own powerful health solutions, such as Amalga and HealthVault. Together, Microsoft and its industry partners are working to advance a vision of unifying health information and making it more readily available, ensuring the best quality of life and affordable care for everyone. 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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