Pfizer is to collaborate with Microsoft and IBM to form an independent company that will develop software and services for physicians.
Focus of the company will be to reduce administrative workload for physicians, allowing them more time to provide patient care. The first products are expected to be available later this year.
The new company will focus on the needs of office-based physicians, particularly those in smaller groups, which represent 70% of the office-based doctors in the United States.
Using Microsoft’s .NET enterprise server platform, Windows 2000 and wireless devices, product offerings will emphasize integrated clinical, financial and administrative tools to help physicians streamline workflow.
Physicians and other care providers will have access to complete medical histories, insurance information, lab results, billing arrangements and more while treating the patients. At the same time, providers will be able to rapidly document patient findings using high quality encoding security systems to ensure that all information is securely transmitted and patient confidentiality fully respected.
“IBM shares Pfizer’s focus on customers and the emphasis on developing solutions that directly address their needs,” said Russell J. Ricci, M.D., general manager IBM Global Healthcare. “We are committed to providing services to the new company to help integrate and deploy technologies, as well as web-hosting operations and help desk services through our call centers.”