Ballmer: Healthcare is our greatest opportunity
by Matt Asay
Wow. That's a lot of superlatives to find in one place. It's especially intriguing because Ballmer isn't any ordinary speaker - he knows that everything he says is carefully noted and will be remembered. As such, he can't afford to waste superlatives.
- Healthcare is "the greatest opportunity that Microsoft has ever had in its 30 years of existence."
- Microsoft plans to "leverage ALL their hardware, software, and creativity toward solving healthcare related problems". He promised that Microsoft would "apply" itself fully to solving this problem.
- Azyxxi, a proprietary enterprise Electronic Health Record company that Microsoft purchased last summer, is "the most exciting software that Microsoft is working on" right now. Ballmer described Azyxxi as a "unified healthcare information technology platform".
His recent comments that he worries more about disruptive business models than specific competitors (a sentiment I suggested back in the first half of 2005), and that open source is one of its biggest threats (though I think it's an opportunity), added to these healthcare statements make you wonder:
If Microsoft's biggest threat is open source, and it's biggest opportunity is health care, then wouldn't an open source healthcare company be its biggest competitor?
Like, maybe, MedSphere?
|This could give a whole new meaning to the blue screen of death...|
It's interesting you bring up MedSphere, as the merit of its claim of being the "leading provider of Open Source software for the healthcare industry" seems pretty up-in-the-air currently.
|Thanks for this explanation of why health care costs will continue to spiral upwards.|
|Hmm... More interesting news on MedSphere, again mentioned on linuxmednews, this time a bit more positive. I must admit I really don't know what to think. Does anyone know whether MedSphere is still suing the Shreeves? http://www.linuxmednews.com/1172631677/index_html|