Microsoft has initiated a programme to push its software into the healthcare industry, the company announced at the World Health Care Congress, which began yesterday in Washington DC.
Microsoft said 22 other software vendors and healthcare companies are backing Knowledge Driven Health Plans, an initiative that it says aims to improve service and decrease costs.
The goal, the company said, is to allow healthcare organisations to exchange information across disparate IT systems. The move is not unlike efforts in many other industries that seek to allow IT systems to more easily share information.
The plans are focused on Microsoft products and technologies such as .Net 2.0, BizTalk Server, the Windows Server System, SQL Server and Microsoft Office 2007.
The company emphasised using standards such as XML (extensible markup language) for applications to securely exchange information over the internet.
The 22 partners include HP, Tata Consultancy and Infosys.