Microsoft Corp. agreed to acquire Global Care Solutions, a healthcare information systems provider, for an undisclosed amount.
Officials from the software giant announced the acquisition in Bangkok, Thailand, where Global Care is headquartered. The company's clinical workflow, billing, compliance and medical records applications will be integrated into Microsoft's health solutions group, and Global Care employees will join the division to manage product development and delivery, Microsoft said in a news release.
Global Care, which has been for sale since 2000, has created a workflow management system for 554-bed Bumrungrad International Hospital, Bangkok, which treats more than 1.2 million patients from 190 countries per year. The system cut the average wait time to see a doctor to 17 minutes at Bumrungrad, according to Microsoft. The deal is expected to close within the next few months.
-- by Jean DerGurahian