Microsoft Taps Eclipsys for Its .NET Early-Adopter Program

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 6, 2001 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Eclipsys Corp., a leading healthcare information technology software and services vendor based in Delray Beach, Fla., has been named to the Microsoft® .NET ISV (independent software vendors) Early-Adopter Program. Eclipsys is among only 20 companies worldwide to be included in the first tier of the .NET ISV program.

The announcement was made today at the 2001 Conference and Exhibition of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS 2001). The annual HIMSS conference is the largest trade show in the healthcare information industry. This year’s event, to be held Feb. 4-8 in New Orleans, is expected to draw an estimated 17,000-plus healthcare, management and technology professionals from around the world.

The .NET program, which Steve Ballmer, president and CEO of Microsoft, has called
“one of the most important innovations in our company’s history,”
was first announced in mid-2000. The Microsoft initiative for creating an advanced new generation of software that melds computing and communications in a revolutionary new way offers developers, businesses and consumers the ability to harness technology on their terms and provides the tools they need to create truly distributed Web services, making information available any time, any place and on any device.

“.NET provides solutions, development and user scenarios to map to the requirements of people, patients and caregivers,”
said Davide Vigano, director of Public Sector and Healthcare for Microsoft.
“It also embraces new standards such as Extensible Markup Language (XML) to securely exchange data and orchestrate Web services to program the Internet. Today you’re just viewing the Internet; .NET will allow people to program the Internet to take full control of their health. It’s a powerful revolution.”

Healthcare — along with manufacturing, financial services and the retail and supply chain — is one of the core industries for the Microsoft .NET platform and ISV solutions. .NET for Healthcare enables partners and customers to more easily and cost-effectively build and integrate healthcare applications. This focus on integration allows providers, payers, employers and consumers to collaborate through the Internet, improve integration across healthcare services and reduce industry inefficiencies.

Microsoft, Eclipsys Strategies and Objectives Closely Aligned

Eclipsys was invited to participate in the initial group of .NET ISV early adopters because of its commitment to provide the healthcare industry with standards that healthcare organizations can integrate with solutions to increase the quality of care and reduce costs.

“Microsoft and Eclipsys have had an excellent working relationship,”
said Vigano.
“Like Microsoft, Eclipsys is committed to providing integrated information and connectivity solutions that improve care-delivery processes and thus eliminate inefficiencies, improve patient satisfaction and improve people’s quality of life.”

As a member of the first tier of .NET ISV early adopters, Eclipsys will benefit from dedicated Microsoft resources and provide significant input into the development and rollout of .NET components into the clinical environment, where stable, 24×7 information support is critical. Eclipsys also will benefit through incorporating the Windows® 2000 operating system and other components of the Microsoft .NET technologies into the Web-based versions of its Sunrise™ clinically based information solutions.

“This alliance is extremely exciting for Eclipsys and its customers,”
said Harvey J. Wilson, chairman and CEO of Eclipsys.
“By expanding our relationship with Microsoft through the .NET program, we can speed to market our proven, leading-edge Sunrise application functionality on an open, modular, infinitely scalable architecture that takes full advantage of the power and flexibility of the Internet to improve processes and outcomes. That’s been Eclipsys’ commitment to customers, and working with Microsoft will enable us to exceed our clients’ expectations both in what we deliver and the speed in which we can deliver it.”

More information on Microsoft .NET is available at http://www.microsoft.com/net/ . At HIMSS there will be a demonstration of Sunrise Clinical Manager-Internet (SCMi) on a Pocket PC at the Microsoft pavilion, booth 2034.

About Eclipsys

Eclipsys Corp. delivers end-to-end information solutions to healthcare organizations (HCOs), with one or more of its products installed or being installed in more than 1,400 facilities in the United States and nine other countries. These solutions enable HCOs to balance and improve clinical, financial and satisfaction outcomes. Sunrise, Eclipsys’ comprehensive software product line, provides clinical, financial, health information, enterprise resource planning and management information solutions. Eclipsys also provides outsourcing, remote hosting, network services and business solutions consulting to complement its Sunrise solutions and assist its customers in meeting their healthcare information requirements. For more information, see http://www.eclipsys.com/ or e-mail info@eclipsys.com.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
“MSFT”
) is the worldwide leader in software services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software — any time, any place and on any device.

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