Microsoft's Amalga products provide access to any relevant patient information, regardless of data type.
Microsoft has created Amalga, an enterprise-class Unified Intelligence System
designed to enable hospitals to access any patient data from any legacy
hospital system, regardless of the type of data file it is based on.
Amalga UIS is the new version of the
product formerly known as Azyxxi, said Davide Vigano, director of enterprise
marketing for Microsoft's Healthcare Solutions Group. Amalga also provides
electronic medical records along with PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication
The Amalga family of products, which Microsoft demonstrated at the annual
HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) event held Feb.
24-28 in Orlando, Fla., also includes Amalga HIS (Hospital
Information System) and Amalga RIS (Radiology Information System)/PACS.
Vigano said that while the products are designed to address health care
needs in various geographies, all three components of the Amalga family address
one specific pain point for hospitals: not being able to access necessary
patient data when needed.
"We were seeing customers asking patients for the same information over
and over because these systems don't talk to each other," Vigano said.
Hospitals and other health care enterprises can use Amalga UIS
to connect formerly separate data stores that contain any type of health care
information, whether stored in clinical, financial or administrative
application systems, without replacing legacy infrastructure, Vigano said.
While Amalga UIS is targeted for mature,
complex health care markets such as those in the United
States, the Amalga HIS component (formerly
Hospital 2000) is designed for developing and emerging health care markets,
Amalga HIS combines an EMR system with
clinical laboratory, pharmacy, radiology and imaging capabilities as well as
financial and human resource systems, and is scalable and affordable enough for
cash- and resource-strapped hospitals globally, he said.
"We're pricing Amalga HIS in a way that will be disruptive to the
market, because it will be extremely affordable," Vigano said. However, he
did not disclose specific product pricing.
Amalga RIS/PACS can be purchased as a stand-alone system for single
radiology or imaging clinics, or can be integrated into Amalga HIS for use in
hospitals and general care practices.
Amalga UIS is currently in the beta test
cycle. However, Microsoft has seven early adopter hospitals using the product,
including New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Johns
and Health System. Amalga UIS is scheduled for release by the end of June 2008,
Vigano said, and an early adopter beta program is in development for Amalga HIS
and RIS/PACS outside the United States.
Sharon Linsenbach is a staff writer for eWEEK and eWEEK Channel Insider. Prior to joining Ziff Davis, Sharon was Assistant Managing Editor for CRN, a weekly magazine for PC and technology resellers. Before joining CRN, Sharon was an Acquisitions Editor for The Coriolis Group and later, Editorial Director with Paraglyph Press, both in Scottsdale, AZ. She holds a BA in English from Drew University and lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her significant other and two neurotic cats. When she's not reading or writing about technology, Sharon enjoys yoga, knitting, traveling and live music. Sharon can be reached at Sharon.Linsenbach@ziffdavisenterprise.com.