Thailand: Microsoft’s new healthcare research hub

Following Microsoft Corp’s purchase of software and assets to streamline administrative and medical record-keeping at Bangkok’s Bumrungrad Hospital, Thailand has become Microsoft’s worldwide healthcare research centre.

This is the third acquisition for Microsoft’s healthcare group but its first outside of the United States. It gives a push to the company’s plan to enter the hospital-software market. It has bought a software called Hospital 2000 and its intellectual-property rights from Luxembourg-based software company Global Care Solutions.

Global Care has worked with hospitals in this country for seven years. Its 71 Thai staff will also move with the deal. Microsoft (Thailand) would establish a healthcare research centre in Bangkok and work with Microsoft centres in China and India. The Bangkok centre will work exclusively on healthcare software for worldwide sales. The healthcare industry spends USD 30 billion each year on hardware and software worldwide.

Global Care’s Hospital 2000 is an electronic-record system. Its integrated document imaging and delivery allows instantaneous scanning, storage and retri of both electronically generated and handwritten material. It serves both front and back office operations, including radiology, laboratories, pharmacies, discharges and transfers, registration administration and clinics and wards.

Over 25 yrs of biomedical & pharmacological records now acessible in electronic format
Thomson Scientific, part of Thomson Corporation and leading provider of information solutions to the worldwide research and business communities, announced that it has added EMBASE Classic to the Dialog (File 772) and DataStar (EM73, EMXX) platforms, providing access to more than 25 years of archived life sciences data available for the first time in electronic format.

The fully digitized database is drawn from approximately 3,400 international journal titles, with a focus on European and North American published literature including non-English language articles. EMBASE Classic contains more than 1.8 million records from the biomedical and pharmacological literature. The historical data in it, combined with up-to-date records in the EMBASE database, gives researchers approximately 60 years of information regarding medical and drug-related subjects.

Researchers can now review advancements made during an extremely fertile period for the sciences, particularly in the areas of molecular biology, marine sciences, vaccines and other drug therapies.

Orange (France) launches healthcare e-solutions
Orange Telecom (France), a long-established operator in the field of telecommunications, will present medical practitioners in France an advanced communications platform. This operation will be powered by Orange Healthcare.

Orange Healthcare is launching its first e-healthcare offering designed to improve patient comfort and care quality. Known as Connected Hospital, this “solution” comprises a number of facilities for both patients and staff. For patients there is a multimedia terminal above the bed which allows them to make phone calls, access the internet and various games, check their email and videos on demand or television, and access information about the facility and the facility’s medical staff.

For healthcare professionals there are mobile terminals for “voice-data” exchange, interactive terminals, geolocalisation patient wristbands and devices that make it possib


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