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Virtua Health Selects Microsoft Amalga to Help Improve Patient Care
Date:3/17/2009

d views with Amalga that will allow its physicians to review and analyze patient data in real time. Amalga's real-time patient tracking capabilities will create quicker access to inpatient information which, in turn, will allow doctors to scrutinize a patient's treatment more quickly and make adjustments, as necessary. Ultimately, Amalga gives Virtua Health the tools to improve care rather than report failures at the end of the month.

"With a new Congress and economic stimulus plan that provides incentives for healthcare information technology, using technology systems to ensure better patient outcomes has never been more important for healthcare providers," said Steve Shihadeh, vice president, Microsoft Health Solutions Group. "Not only will Amalga provide Virtua Health with the tools needed to help meet these standards, but it is flexible enough to grow with the organization as it accumulates more data, cares for more patients and seeks to answer new questions."

This nearly paperless healthcare provider also will use Amalga to enable continuity during system downtime, when physicians typically do not have access to electronic patient records or the electronic devices used to document patient updates. With Amalga, Virtua Health will aggregate data to create "look back" and "work forward" forms for each patient. The look back form will contain all patient data needed for ongoing care, and the work forward form will contain the workflow and protocols for patient evaluation and ongoing patient care. With these two forms, aggregated into a single document for each patient, Virtua Health can operate efficiently during rare extended system downtimes.

Microsoft Amalga addresses a common and critical challenge of healthcare providers -- how to integrate vast amounts of clinical, administrative and financial data that flow in and out of disparate information systems, and how to tailor that information for use by researchers
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