Seattle Children's Hospital Selects Microsoft Amalga to Help Drive Improvements in Operations, Research and Pediatric Care

Seattle Children’s Hospital has selected Microsoft Amalga, the unified intelligence system, as its data platform to provide clinical staff members with real-time, consolidated views of comprehensive patient information.


Seattle Children’s Hospital has selected Microsoft Amalga, the unified intelligence system, as its data platform to provide clinical staff members with real-time, consolidated views of comprehensive patient information.

Specifically, Amalga will provide researchers at Children’s with a single view of electronic data needed to identify trends and relevant patients for clinical trials, as well as enable its clinical staff to better manage hospital operations, such as anticipating a patient’s length of stay.

“Currently, our clinical and research staff requests information from a single data department, so it can often take days or weeks to get the information back to the person requesting it,” said Drex DeFord, senior vice president and chief information officer at Children’s. “Because Amalga will allow staff members from all departments to pull the information they need more quickly and in real time, it will allow us to make full use of the patient data stored throughout our organization. We’re thrilled to be one of the first Children’s healthcare organizations in the nation to join the Amalga early-adopter family.”

Children’s staff requires a timely and complete picture of the length of and reason for a patient’s stay in order to address throughput issues. Amalga will serve as the foundation for a real-time hospital information “command center,” providing administrators with a much-needed dashboard view of how resources are being used. As a result, staff members can make real-time, informed decisions about patient, personnel and facility needs.

“Since multiple data systems can be integrated into Amalga, we hope to streamline data management, eventually realigning resources to support consolidated data management and reporting instead of maintaining multiple, nonintegrated data sources,” DeFord said.

Children’s will also use Amalga to create a centralized research data warehouse to avoid the proliferation and entrenchment of numerous departmental databases. With Amalga, Children’s will be able to quickly compare a wide range of data, such as geographic and demographic information.

“Through its innovative research center and dedication to high-quality operations, Children’s is playing a critical role in ensuring the well-being and quality of care for children throughout its region,” said Steve Shihadeh, vice president of the Health Solutions Group at Microsoft. “Amalga will enable Children’s to make use of data in ways that have never been possible before.”

Amalga addresses a common and critical challenge of healthcare providers by integrating vast amounts of clinical, administrative and financial information that flow in and out of disparate information systems, and tailoring that information for use by researchers, physicians, analysts, laboratory technicians, nurses and administrators. Amalga takes advantage of health enterprises’ investments in existing health IT solutions and makes it possible for the entire organization to gain quick access to data and turn that information into critical knowledge that facilitates better decision-making and improved patient outcomes.

Amalga is in use at other renowned U.S. healthcare institutions, including District of Columbia Primary Care Association, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Johns Hopkins Health System, Novant Health, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, St. Joseph Health System and the Wisconsin Health Information Exchange.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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