Thursday, July 27, 2006

Microsoft makes Biggest move into Healthcare yet

In what I think is an effort to kick start its Healthcare efforts, Microsoft seems to have moved away from its core strategy of selling platforms and enabling partners. The New York Times is reporting that Microsoft has bought Azyxxi (pronounced ah-zik-see), a Washington Hospital Centre incubated business who have implemented retrieve and display technology in their own hospital. Microsoft have also bought quite a sizeable team (when you think this is internal to a hospital) of nearly 45 people.

Unfortunately the article in the NYTimes is under subscription so I can't just cut and paste it or provide a link.

I wonder how Microsoft's healthcare developer partners will take the news? They might fear that they will end up competing with their own technology provider. Maybe they will welcome Microsoft's, perhaps long overdue, recognition of the healthcare vertical.

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