An interesting article from the New York Times.
Microsoft plans to offer software tailored for the health care industry, a change from its usual strategy of encouraging others to create industry-specific products using its operating system and programming tools.
The company’s first step, announced today is to purchase clinical health care software developed by doctors and researchers at a nonprofit hospital in Washington. Microsoft is also hiring two of the three doctors who created the software system and 40 members of the development team at Washington Hospital Center.
It may be a small deal for Microsoft, but the company has larger ambitions in the fast-growing market for health care information technology. Hospitals, doctors and policymakers worldwide have high hopes for saving money and improving the quality of care by moving health care into the digital age and handling patient records and tracking treatments electronically.
“This represents a change in our strategy,” said Peter Neupert, Microsoft’s vice president for health strategy. “This is the start for Microsoft. We’re just getting started.”
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