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Philips signs global licensing agreement with Microsoft for speech recognition technology

Philips Speech Recognition Systems : 29 September, 2008  (Company News)
Philips has signed a global licensing agreement with Microsoft to bring industrial grade speech recognition to Microsoft’s Amalga family of enterprise healthcare solutions.
Microsoft will offer Philips SpeechMagic to customers using Microsoft Amalga Hospital Information System (Amalga HIS) and Amalga RIS/PACS, with the goal of helping healthcare providers generate accurate information and turn it into actionable information that is sharable, searchable and contributes to making clinical improvements. The agreement is another endorsement of the strength and quality of the award winning SpeechMagic platform.

“Microsoft and Philips share a common vision: access to timely and accurate information at the point-of-care contributes to making hospitals safer and more productive,” said Marcel Wassink, chief executive officer of Philips Speech recognition Systems. “Moreover, giving healthcare professionals access to SpeechMagic within Microsoft’s Amalga HIS and Amalga RIS/PACS solutions improves usability and reduces the learning curve for medical professionals.”

Amalga HIS is built around an electronic health record (EHR) and includes complete patient and bed management as well as an integrated Radiology information system (RIS) and a picture archiving and communication system (PACS).

“Ensuring seamless information sharing across the enterprise requires that input from various departments and sources, such as medical notes, discharge summaries or ward visits, is captured and stored in a standardized format. SpeechMagic’s advanced technology and ongoing research in the field of semantic interoperability will allow us to quickly bring advanced information capture to Amalga HIS and Amalga RIS/PACS customers around the globe,” said Steve Shihadeh, vice president, Microsoft Health Solutions Group.

Microsoft Health Solutions Group and Philips Speech recognition Systems will immediately start the process of integrating their technologies.
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