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Microsoft and HIMSS Launch Health Users Group Across EMEA
Date:11/5/2008

Collaborative forum designed to connect healthcare communities throughout

region.

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- From the World of Health IT Conference and Exhibition in Copenhagen, Microsoft Corp. and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) announced the availability of the Microsoft Health Users Group (Microsoft HUG) across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), providing healthcare organizations and partners with an online venue to facilitate the development of healthcare solutions and demonstrate how technology can help solve healthcare challenges.

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Microsoft HUG's innovative forum is designed as a venue for partners and developers of healthcare technology solutions to collaborate on aspects of solutions built on Microsoft platforms; to discover new uses for existing technology, development support, collaboration and networking with peers; and to discuss needs and desires arising from the current use of healthcare IT. After several successful years of collaboration on the current forum, Microsoft HUG's diverse membership currently comprises more than 5,000 members and 31 corporate supporters across North America, and is unified by a shared interest in implementing vendor- and user-developed software based on Microsoft technology to improve healthcare quality and efficiency, while reducing complexity and cost.

"Extending Microsoft HUG to the EMEA healthcare community provides an expanded forum for sharing best practices and learnings from our own experience as well as those of our customers and partners," said Tim Smokoff, general manager of worldwide health at Microsoft. "This collaboration enables the ecosystem to strengthen itself. Partners can further support their businesses, customers can improve t
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