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It’s an exciting day for us! More than 20,000 of you have built strong businesses with Microsoft products, technologies, tools, and resources, while serving a broad set of health customers. Our announcement gets into the specifics, but I wanted to share this brief overview of what we’re setting out to do with GE:

 
“General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE), through its healthcare IT business, and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”) today announced plans to create a joint venture aimed at helping healthcare organizations and professionals use real-time, systemwide intelligence to improve healthcare quality and the patient experience. Upon formation, the new company will develop and market an open, interoperable technology platform and innovative clinical applications focused on enabling better population health management to improve outcomes and the overall economics of health and wellness.”
 
This demonstrates how partnerships can take many forms – and this one will truly enable us to help change the lives of people by improving their patient experiences. We believe the joint venture will accelerate adoption of Microsoft technologies, creating growth opportunities across the partner ecosystem and increasing our collective impact in the industry. See our FAQ for more details and this post on HealthBlog for Dr. Bill Crounse’s perspective.
 
We remain committed to helping you advance your businesses. Visit our page for health industry sales, marketing and technical resources, including new campaigns and a health partner learning plan coming in early 2012!​