Golden Living and Microsoft Corp. announced recently that the companies will collaborate to give caregivers single-point access to the diverse healthcare information necessary for providing ongoing care after patients leave the hospital and to give patients and their families better tools for managing patients’ health. Golden Living is the first post-acute care organization to adopt Microsoft Amalga Unified Intelligence System (UIS). This relationship will allow Golden Living to benefit from the same technology used in some of the country’s most advanced hospitals. Golden Living selected Amalga UIS in part for the ability to link a patient’s personal health information stored in Microsoft HealthVault with the patient’s data stored in Golden Living systems.
“The potential is there for significant improvements in healthcare quality and cost efficiency — exactly the kind of results that are being sought in the healthcare reform,” said Golden Living president and CEO Neil Kurtz, M.D.
Amalga UIS will help Golden Living combine distinct information from a variety of diverse internal and provider sources, including hospitals, public and private payers, independent physicians, and an array of post-acute services. Kurtz noted that Amalga UIS also will enable Golden Living to integrate patient care across its own businesses, including skilled nursing, long-term care, rehabilitation therapy, assisted living, home health and hospice. As patients move from one Golden Living care setting to another, their health information follows them and does not have to be redone.