HIMSS12: Another Year in Review

09 March 2012 | Michael Robinson, Vice President, U.S. Health and Life Sciences, Microsoft

This year at HIMSS, our focus was on partnerships and innovation. What many don’t realize about Microsoft’s health business is we have a worldwide partner ecosystem comprised of more than 28,000 organizations. And our strong link to these partners was evident throughout our booth, events and Microsoft Health Users Group (HUG) awards presentation.

New and exciting solutions around some of the show’s hottest topics, including business intelligence and security and compliance were on display in our booth from industry leaders such as Perficient and WPC. HIMSS12 attendees were among the first to see the future product capabilities of Caradigm, our joint venture with GE Healthcare, and together with HP, Intel, Avanade and Kronos, Microsoft co-hosted three of the most popular networking events of the week.
So let’s dive deeper into some of Microsoft’s partner highlights from HIMSS12:
Seen and Heard: The Microsoft Booth
The Microsoft booth featured demonstrations of future Caradigm product capabilities, including the Microsoft Amalga platform and innovative clinical applications for Amalga developed by partners including Accenture, Avanade, Calance, Cognizant Technologies, CitiusTech, Get Real Consulting, Tribridge, and West Monroe Partners. Several of these organizations, and many leading health systems including NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Providence Health & Services, presented their Amalga value stories in the Microsoft booth theater. HIMSS attendees had the opportunity to meet with key members of Caradigm’s future leadership team, including CEO designate Michael Simpson, Chief Medical Officer Brandon Savage, M.D., Senior Vice President of Engineering Neal Singh, and others.
The Microsoft booth also featured more than 30 partners demonstrating technology solutions spanning cloud services, security and compliance, health portals and more. Many of these partners took part in Microsoft booth presentations, including:
  • Apptix, presenting on cloud-based healthcare solutions to address communication and collaboration challenges.
  • Neudesic, discussing how healthcare organizations can manage readmission using Microsoft Office 2010 and other Microsoft technologies.
  • Fujitsu, on how they are working with Microsoft to help healthcare organizations manage complexity while reducing the security and privacy risks of mobile and on-demand computing.
And once again, Microsoft produced the 4th annual Virtual HIMSS, where nearly 50 podcast interviews were captured with executives from organizations including Allscripts, NextGen, Colibrium, and more.
Recognizing our Partners
Microsoft is incredibly proud of our partners, and each year at HIMSS, we recognize forward-thinking health organizations and their technology solutions partners through the Microsoft HUG Innovation Awards.
This year, the four winners were Vectorform and Massachusetts General Hospital; Pluralsoft and the Colorado Community Managed Care Network; Sogeti Sverige AB and the County Council of Norrbotten; and Endomondo. Each winner was recognized by Microsoft’s U.S. Commercial Health & Life Sciences GM, Steve Aylward, during a special presentation in the Microsoft booth. You can learn more about the winners and their solutions here, and if you would like to join Microsoft HUG, please visit our website for more information.

The Microsoft Health Users Group also hosted its annual reception, attended by more than 200 current and future members. John H. Daniels, vice president, HIMSS, kicked off the event, followed by Microsoft’s senior director of Worldwide Health, Dr. Bill Crounse, on how innovation in technology is making Real Impact for Better Health. Attendees also took part in some fun and exercise, compliments of KINECT, and there were great discussions from our corporate supporters on topics including:
  • Dynamics CRM for Providers: From Physician to Patient and Beyond, facilitated by Microsoft Dynamics CRM
  • Be Smarter with World Class Project Management & Business Intelligence, facilitated by Microsoft Project
  • Leveraging Healthcare BI for Analytics, ACO, Meaningful Use and More, facilitated by Perficient
  • The 4 H's – HIPAA HITECH Healthcare Hurdles, facilitated by INetU


Also at HIMSS, Microsoft launched its first Health Partner Executive Board, where executives from more than 20 of our partner organizations met with members of the Health leadership team to review the Board’s mission and objectives. Chief Health Strategy Officer Dennis Schmuland led an interactive discussion around Microsoft’s approach to the Consumerization of Health IT.
Giving Back
Last but certainly not least, nearly 300 people attended the AFCEA Bethesda benefit for the Children’s Inn at NIH, raising almost $40,000 for the cause. Held at V-Bar, the benefit was sponsored by Agilex, CDW-G, Dell, HIMSS National Capital Region, HiSoftware, Insight, IntelliDyne, InterKnowlogy, Microsoft, and MicroTech.
Did you have a chance to join Microsoft at our booth or an event? If so, let us know what you thought by leaving a comment below.
Michael Robinson
Vice President, U.S. Health and Life Sciences, Microsoft

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Michael Robinson | Vice President, U.S. Health and Life Sciences, Microsoft

Michael Robinson is the Vice President of Microsoft’s Health and Life Sciences in the U.S., driving their business initiatives into the commercial and public sectors. Read more