Microsoft adds another company to its healthcare portfolio

Microsoft adds another company to its healthcare portfolio

Summary: Microsoft is continuing to add to its family of healthcare sofware and services with yet another purchase: Sentillion Inc. On December 10, Microsoft announced its intentions to purchase for an undisclosed amount the privately held Andover, Mass.-based maker of identity- and access-management software for the healthcare industry.

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Microsoft is continuing to add to its family of healthcare sofware and services with yet another purchase: Sentillion Inc.

On December 10, Microsoft announced its intentions to purchase for an undisclosed amount the privately held Andover, Mass.-based maker of identity- and access-management software for the healthcare industry.

Microsoft officials said they plan to integrate Sentillion's products with MIcrosoft's Amalga Unified Intelligence System (UIS). (Amalga is based on the Azyxxi assets Microsoft bought back in 2006.)

Healthcare is the only vertical software and services market where Microsoft (so far) is investing in a major way.

Microsoft has a software/service platform known as HealthVault, which offers consumers and their medical practitioners access to electronic healthcare records. The service component of HealthVault is one of a handful of Microsoft services that already is hosted on top of Azure. Amalga UIS is one of the main elements of Microsoft’s enterprise health-information-system platform. Microsoft integrated HealthVault with Amalga earlier this year.

Sentillion will continue to sell and support customers of its products, while Microsoft "invests in the long-term evolution" of the integrated wares, according to the press release. Microsoft's purchase is expected to be finalized in calendar 2010, the release says.

Here are a few more details about Microsoft's plans for Sentillion from today's release:

"By combining Sentillion's context management and single sign-on technologies with Amalga UIS, a real-time data aggregation solution, Microsoft aims to give clinicians new insight about patients in real time and enable them to perform the appropriate task with unprecedented speed. At the same time, the workflow of clinicians will be simplified, allowing them to spend less time navigating different IT systems and more time with patients."

I'm wondering how Microsoft's own identity- and access-management wares (the recently announced Windows Identity Foundation and other remaining "Geneva" components) play in here.  No mention so far.

Update: From a December 10 post to the Forefront Team Blog:

"This ties to our efforts in identity & access management - part of the Business Ready Security strategy - to deliver capabilities in the Active Directory platform, and through next-generation products, such as the Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010.

"The (Sentillion) acquisition brings complementary assets to Microsoft in the areas of single sign-on (SSO), user provisioning and context management that are focused on the healthcare industry. As we integrate Sentillion into Microsoft in the coming months, we will further explore synergies with Microsoft’s identity and access management solutions, such as our Forefront products."

Topics: Health, CXO, Microsoft, IT Employment

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • the US regulators should block this deal

    We should not wait untill EC steps in and slaps the monopolistic beast.
    Linux Geek
    • Yeah...

      Because Microsoft is such a monopoly in the medical field?!
      NortherngeekUK
  • Sadly MS continues to make little progress

    I like Microsoft but they never focus on anywhere other than America and seem to make no progress- they should try focusing on other countries as well with their products- the NHS is the largest employer in Europe yet Microsoft doesn't make any effort it would seem to lure them in... what gives? The systems used are old and out of date whilst nobody seems to be improving things, MS should step in.

    I guess I get more frustrated by this than many would (as a junior doctor and a geek it pains me to see computers asking me to do calculations rather than doing it themselves!) but there's also things like Bing UK's (a poor man's Bing US) and the lack of Zune over here... Microsoft are really starting to irritate me, it's as though they don't know the UK speaks English too!
    NortherngeekUK
  • Blue Screen Of Death - For Real

    More tentacles for the octopus.
    yobtaf