MA eHealth group standardizes on MS technology

Guess nobody ever got fired for buying Microsoft, either. The Massachusetts eHealth Coalition, a high-profile regional health information sharing effort, has announced with some fanfare that it will use Microsoft products for its pilot project, which will connect 220 medical locations and 160 medical groups to a common EMR system. The groups will be participating in a 36-month project studying the effectiveness of community-based EMRs, funded with $50 million in seed money from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. MAeHC's prototype architecture will use a variety of MS technologies, including Windows desktop software, Windows Server systems and software and Office. Connecting these locations to the new MAeHC infrastructure should take until the end of 2007.

For more information on the group's plans:
- see the MAeHC release