Hospital Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah (HoSHAS), a 498-bed hospital located in Temerloh, Malaysia, will implement Microsoft’s new Amalga Hospital Information System (HIS) and the Microsoft Amalga RIS/PACS to help realize its goal to become a model “e-hospital” in Malaysia. The agreement, announced by Microsoft recently at the HIMSS AsiaPac09 Conference Exhibition, was reached with the Ministry of Health Malaysia in collaboration with GC RRITS Sdn Bhd (GCR), a Malaysian company providing integrated information technology solutions to the healthcare industry. “We are very pleased to reach this milestone with the Ministry of Health Malaysia to deploy a next-generation hospital information system at HoSHAS,” said GCR Executive Chairman Abdul Razak Osman. “The Microsoft Amalga HIS and Amalga RIS/PACS are state-of-the-art systems that can help HoSHAS become the benchmark modern, automated hospital.” “We are excited to team with GCR to help HoSHAS offer the optimal experience for patients and families,” said Steve Shihadeh, vice president of the Health Solutions Group at Microsoft. “By providing clinicians with a single, customized view of health information, the Amalga HIS and Amalga RIS/PACS can help the hospital make strides in operational efficiency, care quality and the patient experience.” The Amalga HIS provides a single integrated database and interface across all hospital departments. GCR and Microsoft will implement the Amalga HIS to help HoSHAS improve the customer and staff experience by automating data management, improving productivity and reducing operating costs. HoSHAS also will use Amalga RIS/PACS to enable radiologists to perform their jobs more efficiently. Microsoft Amalga HIS 2009 was built from the ground up to serve the needs of Asian healthcare providers. It is the new and first Microsoft version of the product previously named Hospital 2000, which Microsoft acquired from Bangkok, Thailand-based Global Care Solutions in ecember 2007. In addition to Bangkok’s Bumrungrad International Hospital, the product also is in use at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center, Philippines; Assunta Hospital, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia; and FV Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The Amalga PACS and Image Management System is in use at Changi General Hospital and KK Women and Children’s Hospital Singapore, and the Image Management System is in use at Singapore General Hospital. Microsoft continues to work closely with Bumrungrad International as a joint development partner to further refine the functionality and features of Amalga HIS. Microsoft has a group in Beijing dedicated to global product development for Amalga and Amalga HIS and on work that may be required for Asia-Pacific customers. This team is based within the Microsoft China Research and Development Group (CRD), an umbrella organization unifying and coordinating all Microsoft research and development efforts in China.