Microsoft has joined Partners for Patients, a US alliance of hardware, software, networking and medical device manufacturers in an effort to make clinical information technology more affordable and accessible for small medical practices.
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Bill Crounse, Microsoft's global industry manager for healthcare, said, "We support the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and its four principles and look forward to working with the organisation to assist its members in reaching their full potential."
The AAFP was set up in November and bases its supplier agreements on the principles of affordability, compatibility, interoperability and data stewardship.
The addition of Microsoft and the SureScripts electronic prescribing network within the past two weeks brings the list of participating companies to "12 or 13".
Other suppliers include A4 Health Systems, Docs, GE Medical Systems Information Technologies, MedPlexus, NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, Physician Micro Systems, Hewlett-Packard, MedPlus, Siemens Medical Solutions Health Services and Welch-Allyn.
All have agreed to discount their services by 15% to 50% for the more than 94,000 members of the AAFP.
Neil Versel writes for Health-IT World