Microsoft's Amalga health care data-aggregation platform will provide the foundation for TeamPraxis' physician data network in Hawaii.
Microsoft has announced that its Amalga data-aggregation
application will provide the infrastructure for application service
' leading physician
data network in Hawaii.
Founded in 1992, TeamPraxis offers Web-based ConnxMD
practice-management software as well as EHR and workflow applications.
insurance companies, pharmacies and laboratories also use the SAAS
gives doctors a single view of a patient's medical history from
various providers' databases. The software is used to create HIEs (health information
exchanges) to share EHRs (electronic health records).
"Amalga will aggregate patient data stored and hosted by TeamPraxis
today in separate EHR databases, enabling physicians to gain a
comprehensive view of patient history at the point of care," Nate
McLemore, general manager of business development for Microsoft's
solutions group, wrote in an email to eWEEK. "Aggregating the data also
will make it easier to submit to the emerging HIEs in Hawaii."
In addition to Amalga, TeamPraxis will use the Microsoft HealthVault
Web platform to share medical information with patients and store
patient data. HealthVault encrypts patient data while abiding by security
protocols of the federal Direct Project
Amalga will allow more than 1,000 physicians on the TeamPraxis
network to access a patient's full medical history online and retrieve
information from specialists for continuity of care. Using the online
TeamPraxis system, doctors can also file claims and develop plans for
and order prescriptions.
Doctors will send reminders to patients regarding treatment and prescriptions as well as perform analytics on patient
"Microsoft provides a more efficient and robust integration layer as we integrate our physician network with other health care
players in the state," Creighton Arita, CEO and president of TeamPraxis,
In addition, the software should help TeamPraxis abide by HHS (Department of Health and Human Services) rules and incentives on accountability
for positive health outcomes
, Microsoft reports.
"Powering the TeamPraxis physician information network represents a
natural extension of our investment in Amalga and will remain a
core area of focus, particularly with the emergence of ACOs," McLemore
Microsoft announced its partnership with TeamPraxis on April 19.
TeamPraxis also has a partnership with AllScripts, a major EHR
By working with TeamPraxis, Microsoft is able to power a health
record database for small practice physicians in addition to large
hospitals. "Independent physician practices are the backbone of our
health care system, and connecting them is vital to improving care
quality," McLemore said.
Independent physicians are "gatekeepers" for the U.S. health care
system, with 60 percent of physician practices holding less than 10
doctors, Arita noted.
But they're also "siloed entities," he said.
"A lot of times you're having to repeat your chief complaint, your medical
history and it just does not flow from one to another," Arita explained.
"The whole struggle and challenge of health care is how do you reach these small physician practices," he said. The answer,
according to Arita: "hooking them up to an exchange, so they feel powered,
so they're not losing their practice autonomy."