Microsoft’s and Allscripts’ long-standing alliance will continue for at least 5 more years as per a recently signed contract. The 5-year plan was inked to improve cloud-based IT solutions – specifically in support of Allscripts’ cloud-based Electronic Health Records (EHR) system, Sunrise. Through this partnership, Allscripts will be able to utilize Microsoft’s cloud platform and a plethora of tools, including Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Azure, and Power BI.
Together, the companies hope to give healthcare providers a more efficient and seamless user experience. The Sunrise EHR system integrates acute, ambulatory, surgical, radiology, pharmacy, and laboratory services, connecting the gamut of healthcare services in a platform that also includes patient administration and revenue cycles.
Microsoft’s cloud will allow Sunrise to operate under enhanced security, keeping patient data safe. It also has Internet of Things improvements, including expanded insights and analytics. The new platform will also come with a subscription option, to decrease annual upgrade costs and deliver more timely implementations. This aims to help organizations utilize Sunrise without overburdening their own IT departments.
“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,” said Patty Obermaier, Microsoft Vice President of U.S. Health and Life Sciences.
Allscripts is working hard to make sure clients can experience the updates by the end of the year. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a greater need for cloud-based healthcare, that can facilitate the influx of virtual office visits and prescription refill apps. Patient information needs to be easily accessible for all relevant parties in real-time. Allscripts seeks to provide answers to modern healthcare problems, where medical needs and services are no longer solely location-oriented. Telehealth and mobile options, cloud solutions, and other distance-enabled delivery methods are no longer distant goals for the future, but have quickly become the new normal.
While the terms of the deal were not released, Microsoft’s and Allscripts’ joint mission of putting patients in charge of their own healthcare via interoperable, cloud-based solutions was made clear.