Microsoft Healthcare Users Group and Microsoft Expand MS-HUG Annual Awards and Call for Entries

ANN ARBOR, Mich., and REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 2, 2002 — Microsoft Healthcare Users Group (MS-HUG) and Microsoft Corp. today announced they have expanded the Industry Solutions Awards for Healthcare (ISAH) program to include new categories recognizing four key industry constituencies: hospitals, clinics, health plans and pharmaceutical companies. The new user-focused awards enable MS-HUG and Microsoft to showcase those healthcare organizations that are clearly improving their operations through the effective deployment and utilization of Microsoft-based products.

Each year MS-HUG holds the ISAH event to recognize independent software vendors (ISVs) that best utilize Microsoft® technology to provide tangible business benefits to healthcare organizations. In 2001 MS-HUG and Microsoft introduced the Microsoft Physician of the Year Award to recognize the physician who demonstrates the best use of Microsoft-based products and tools within his or her practice.

ISAH provides an opportunity to show how ISVs are responding to the needs of the healthcare industry. Three finalists will be chosen in each of the following categories:

  • Acute Care — Administrative/Financial Systems

  • Acute Care — Clinical/Patient Information Systems

  • Ambulatory Care — Administrative/Financial Systems

  • Ambulatory Care — Clinical/Patient Information Systems

  • Managed Care

  • Emerging Technologies

  • Other

The User Awards for Healthcare salute the healthcare organizations that strive to improve the quality of patient care or practice efficiency through their use of Microsoft technology. Three finalists will be chosen in each of the following categories:

  • Microsoft Physician of the Year

  • Microsoft Clinic of the Year

  • Microsoft Hospital of the Year

  • Microsoft Health Plan of the Year

  • Microsoft Pharma of the Year

Solutions from the finalists in each category will be demonstrated in the Microsoft booth at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference, Feb. 9–13, 2003, in San Diego, and winners of the awards will be announced during the conference.

An online entry kit and full details are available on the MS-HUG Web site at http://www.mshug.org/awards/index.asp . All entries must be submitted online and must be completed by Nov. 15, 2002. More information about the awards is available by contacting Monika Skibeness at monika_tcs@msn.com , or (425) 316-3079.

About MS-HUG

With headquarters in Ann Arbor, Mich., the independent, nonprofit Microsoft Healthcare Users Group is the leading healthcare industry forum for exchanging ideas, promoting learning and sharing solutions for information systems using Microsoft technologies. MS-HUG works to provide industry leadership, drive appropriate standards and develop associated requirements in support of healthcare solutions. The diverse membership of MS-HUG is united by a shared interest in implementing vendor- and user-developed software based on Microsoft technology to improve quality and efficiency in healthcare. More information can be found on MS-HUGs Web site at http://www.mshug.org/ .

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