Microsoft’s Acquisition of Azyxxi

Posted on September 4, 2006 I Written By

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I mentioned in a previous post on Windows Vista’s Voice recognition that I needed to comment on Microsoft’s aquisition of Azyxxi showing their interest in entering into the Healthcare industry as a software provider. I still haven’t had much time to read abouy that Azyxxi is going to do for the healthcare industy. When I read the announcement of the purchase of Azyxxi and the following post by Dr. Bill Crounse (he works for Windows) on Health Blog, I made the following comment:

I agree that this is a very interesting play into HealthcareIT for Microsoft.

Neil Versel reported:
“”Microsoft sees it as applicable to clincians and integrated delivery networks, not just a hospital system,” Washington Hospital Center ED chair Mark Smith, M.D., said at a press teleconference this morning.”

One thing I don’t understand is how this is going to affect anyone but hospitals and large group practices. If it can’t apply to small practices then it won’t have nearly the effect on healthcare that people are describing.

Maybe you could help me understand how this will apply to the small doctors offices.

Dr. Bill Crounse responded:

First and foremost, the system was built by doctors, for doctors. While it does not replace existing HIS/CIS systems, it does make them more useful by freeing the data locked up in disparate systems. It provides clinicians with an intuitive, extremely responsive way to view patient data. It is truly a world-class iteration for the era of knowledge-driven healthcare.

To the extent that data can be normalized, assembled, and securely distributed via web services, clinicians in all kinds of settings large and small, will have access to information that has previously been unavailable or locked up in silos. Patients could benefit as such systems populate their personal health record. The scenario I envision isn’t all that different than the way my financial services institutions populate information in my brokerage or retirement accounts.

Granted, this must play out in stages and we have a lot of work to do. But I am hopeful that we are on the right course, for clinicians and the patients we care for.

I’m still not catching the vision of how Azyxxi works. It really sounds like this is only going to beneficial to hospitals. I guess I could see a doctor’s office possibly getting access to information about hospital visits aggregated using Azyxxi. However, I don’t think that is the intent of this product. Please correct me if I’m wrong. So far everything I’ve read has only deal in vague details about how Azyxxi is able to aggregate disparate data. This is much easier said than done. Let’s see what you’re talking about.

One comment that did catch my attention was by Mike C:

“1/8th of a second access time to data housed within a 13TB database though… that is quite impressive =)!”

Despite catching my attention I’m still not sure how this applies to a doctor’s office. A doctor with 13 TB’s of data has their scanner resolution set way too high.

I am interested in listening to the Microsoft and Azyxxi audio cast. I think I’ll download it to my iPod tomorrow.