Microsoft Corp, Redmond, Wash, has introduced the Amalga family of health enterprise systems, a portfolio of enterprise-class health-information system solutions spanning clinical, operational, and financial functions. The name Amalga is based on the Latin word ‘amalgama,’ meaning to bring together different elements.
The products include:
• Hospital Information System (HIS): The new version of the product previously named Hospital 2000 is a fully integrated system for developing and emerging markets built around an electronic medical record with complete patient and bed management, lab, pharmacy, radiology information system and picture archiving and communication system (RIS/PACS), pathology, financial accounting, materials management, and human resource systems.
• Amalga: The new version of the product formerly known as Azyxxi is part of a new software category called unified intelligence systems. It lets hospitals unlock the power of all of their data in isolated clinical, financial, and administrative systems. Without replacing current systems, it offers ways to capture, consolidate, store, access, and present data for clinicians and executives of leading-edge institutions, and is useful for hospitals and health systems that have invested in a diverse set of IT solutions.
• Microsoft Amalga RIS/PACS: The new version of the product formerly known as GCS Amalga is available as a stand-alone system and an integrated component of Amalga HIS. The integrated architecture lets a radiologist use a single application to manipulate and study images and access the patient medical record. The workstation interface is optimized for radiologist workflow, such as support for predefined templates, an intuitive report editor, and voice-recognition capabilities.