'

Microsoft to buy Thai healthcare IT firm

Software giant reveals plans to acquire the technology and assets of Global Care Solutions whose software is used by hospitals in Southeast Asia.

Microsoft has announced plans to buy a privately held Bangkok-based software company which counts hospitals in the Asia-Pacific region, including the Bumrungrad International Hospital, among its clients.

In a statement released today, Microsoft said it will acquire the "software, intellectual property and other assets" of Global Care Solutions (GCS) for an undisclosed sum.

GCS has made a name for itself in the healthcare sector with its integrated suite of applications designed to run hospital clinical and administrative operations on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Microsoft SQL Server 2005.

The GCS system was designed and developed in collaboration with Bumrungrad hospital which treats more than 1.2 million patients each year.

The software is used mostly in Southeast Asia, including Changi General Hospital, Singapore General Hospital, and KK Women's and Children's Hospital.

Global Care Solutions' 65 employees will join Microsoft's Health Solutions Group which will manage product development and delivery.