Microsoft, UW Medicine Sign Deal on Health Care Informatics
University of Washington Medicine will expand its use of Microsoft Amalga data-aggregation software to find ways to use the results of basic medical research to improve patient care.Microsoft and University of Washington Medicine have signed an agreement to collaborate on biomedical informatics technology. Under the deal, UW Medicine will expand its use of Microsoft's Amalga UIS (Unified Intelligence System) data-aggregation platform to further research and medical education and improve patient care. UW Medicine is a network of medical facilities in the Seattle area.
The collaboration between Microsoft and UW Medicine entails extracting data from text as part of natural language processing and using Amalga to further clinical and translational research. Translational research entails translating knowledge learned from basic sciences and applying it to clinical and community environments.
HealthVault allows patients to manage their EHRs via the Web and share them with family members and health care professionals, and HealthVault Community Connect enables medical facilities to send patients instructions electronically after they leave the hospital. The Community version also allows consumers to send doctors data from their HealthVault accounts.
"By working together to help refine this product, both UW Medicine and Microsoft have committed to furthering the development of methods and tools that will help us unleash the enormous potential for electronic biomedical data to advance research and improve health," Dr. Peter Tarczy-Hornoch, UW professor and head of the of the Division of Biomedical and Health Informatics, said in a statement. UW Medicine's licensing of Amalga, announced on Dec. 8, is subject to approval by an institutional review board and HIPAA regulations. As part of its health care IT efforts, in February 2010 Microsoft announced that it would integrate Eclipse's Sunrise Enterprise suite into Amalga. The Sunrise Enterprise software allows doctors to manage the clinical and revenue aspects of their practice.