Eclipsys, Microsoft ink health IT deal

Eclipsys and Microsoft have signed an alliance agreement to offer the market integrated health IT solutions designed for physicians, nurses and hospital administrators to gain insights from data aggregated from multiple clinical and financial systems across the hospital.

Under the agreement, the companies plan to integrate components of Eclipsys’ Sunrise Enterprise suite of software applications with Microsoft’s Amalga Unified Intelligence System, a data aggregation platform that integrates clinical, administrative and financial data from disparate information systems. The integration will serve to increase the analytic capabilities that the Atlanta-based Eclipsys can provide to its clients, while making it easier for a healthcare organization to connect disparate data repositories, the firms reported.

According to the Redmond, Wash.-based Microsft and Eclipsys, the agreement will leverage open technology platforms and build upon Eclipsys’ use of the Microsoft .NET platform technology to deliver its software applications. The alliance with Microsoft coincides with Eclipsys’ plan to open up its solutions platform technology beyond its client base. Eclipsys’ clients have long had the ability to build applications on the Eclipsys solutions platform, and since 2003, Eclipsys’ clients have created approximately 2,000 medical logic modules and ObjectsPlus/XA applications that work with Eclipsys software, the companies said. The Microsoft agreement is part of Eclipsys’ open platform initiative, by which the company is seeking to work with other industry participants and enabling third parties to develop new applications that work natively with Eclipsys solutions.

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