Today from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2008 Conference & Exhibition, Microsoft Corp. announced it has signed a joint marketing agreement with SAP America Inc., a subsidiary of SAP AG, through which the companies have agreed to work together to deliver solutions that meet the unique needs of the healthcare industry. The companies’ collaboration will seek to help healthcare organizations increase operational efficiency and reduce costs using software to automate and streamline processes that are today often manual or based on cumbersome legacy technology. The companies will focus their healthcare collaboration activities in the United States.
“Healthcare is a complex industry, with slim margins, tight budgets and high administrative costs,” said Tim Smokoff, general manager of healthcare for the Worldwide Public Sector Team at Microsoft. “There is tremendous opportunity for these organizations to lower those costs and create value through the power of software. Together with SAP, we want to help the healthcare industry realize that value.”
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