Columbia Asia to Build Next-Gen Hospital Management System with Microsoft

New Delhi, 7 September 2015: International healthcare group Columbia Asia has partnered with Microsoft to evolve a next-generation cloud ready hospital management system to meet its emerging enterprise needs. Columbia Asia is currently using its proprietary hospital management system, Care21. The new solution will leverage significantly on the enterprise knowledge to create a technologically advanced solution. It will enable healthcare professionals to gain more visibility into patient information, build more collaborative teams, and deliver better patient care. The cloud-ready solution aims to enhance the business capabilities by capitalizing on its flexibility and scalability features. This solution would give the opportunity to free the hospital from IT infrastructure management, allowing them to focus more on priorities like patient experience and care delivery.

The solution is aimed to empower the business to meet emergent demands for an interconnected chain of hospitals. The core architecture and design framework will be put together by Microsoft services along with the Columbia Asia technical team inspired by the good practices from Microsoft repertoire.

Dilip Kadambi, Group CFO, Columbia Asia said, “We want to continue to provide our patients with world-class healthcare services. I believe a future resilient architecture in tandem with cloud capability is the answer to our efforts towards ongoing improvements in the quality of our services. We have embarked on a transformation journey for our software alongside the core principles of cloud solutions. I am inspired by Microsoft Azure’s virtualization capabilities and this has enabled us to look forward to an advanced solution.”

Preeti Das, Director, Microsoft Services said, “When it comes to extending the benefits of next generation technology with high-quality healthcare for the wellbeing of patients, a sound architecture and cloud will go a long way. Our association with Columbia Asia will result in building advanced healthcare solutions that are capable of further enhancing patient safety and driving overall operational efficiency.”

In this collaboration, Microsoft not only brings its cloud platform but also its full set of tools and technologies for application lifecycle management, development framework, data stores, operating systems, monitoring and diagnostics platform.

About Microsoft India

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft set up its India operations in 1990. Today, Microsoft entities in India have over 6,500 employees, engaged in sales and marketing, research and development and customer services and support, across nine Indian cities – Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. Microsoft is committed to touching and transforming lives and businesses in India through technology.

About Columbia Asia

Columbia Asia Group is an international private healthcare company, comprising of a network of hospitals linked together through the company’s proprietary software systems, each connected to the back-office service centers located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Bangalore, India.

The group focusses on optimizing patient care to offer a smooth and hassle-free patient flow, resulting in a shorter length of stay and improved relief. The use of new and latest medical technologies reduces the level of invasive treatments, and in turn enhances recovery time. It has a team of highly skilled medical consultants, caring nurses and committed staff to accommodate every patient’s need on the road to recovery. The Columbia Asia hospitals provide a wide array of medical services such as General Surgery, Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Orthopaedics, Internal Medicine and Emergency care. These are supported by a comprehensive list of ancillary services that include an Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Care Unit, Physiotherapy, Laboratory, Pharmacy and Imaging.

Columbia Asia Group has operating hospitals and clinics across the region namely in Malaysia (11), India (11), Vietnam (3) and Indonesia (3). In India, Columbia Asia Hospitals Pvt. Ltd. is one of the first healthcare companies to enter the country through 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) route. Overall, the Columbia Asia Group is owned by more than 150 private equity companies, fund management organizations and individual investors.

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