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Microsoft, Allscripts Ink 5-Year Extension

By Jack O'Brien  
   July 13, 2020

The two companies said that the extension will support Allscripts' Sunrise™ service, a cloud-based electronic health record.

Microsoft Corp. and Allscripts announced a five-year extension to their innovation partnership Monday morning.

According to a press release, the two companies said that the extension will support Allscripts' Sunrise™ service, a cloud-based electronic health record. Microsoft will serve as the platform's cloud provider and allow Allscripts to continue to access the technology company's suite of digital tools.

Allscripts said that updates to its Sunrise product, including "expanded analytics and insights functionality," will begin to appear for its clients by the end of the year.

"Healthcare delivery is no longer defined by location — providers need to have the capability to reach patients where they are to truly deliver the care they require," Paul Black, CEO of Allscripts, said in a statement. "Cloud solutions, mobile options, telehealth functionality — these are the foundational tools for not just the future of healthcare, but the present. Collaborating with Microsoft, the leader in the public cloud sector, we will efficiently deliver the tools caregivers need to improve the clinical outcomes of their patients and operational performance of their organizations."

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"Through our strategic alliance with Allscripts, we aspire to be a transformational force in the healthcare industry, delivering smarter, innovative solutions that power the essential human connections of care delivery and create a healthier future for patients worldwide," Patty Obermaier, Microsoft vice president of US Health and Life Sciences, added in a statement.

The extension is yet another example of Microsoft's continuing interest in the healthcare market.

In October, Microsoft announced a seven-year partnership with Humana Inc. to deliver improved health outcomes and digital solutions for personalized care.

Related: Humana, Microsoft to Partner on Healthcare Solutions

Last August, Allscripts reached an agreement with the Department of Justice to end civil and criminal investigations into its Practice Fusion subsidiary. As part of the deal, Allscripts reported a charge of $145 million to cover its civil and criminal liability.

Related: Allscripts Reaches $145M Settlement Over Subsidiary's HIPAA, Kickback Investigations

Jack O'Brien is the finance editor at HealthLeaders, a Simplify Compliance brand.

Photo credit: May 3, 2018 Sunnyvale / CA / USA - Microsoft logo at the company's office building located in Silicon Valley, south San Francisco bay area - Image


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