IBM partners with Siemens, eight other companies for SOA
IBM is collaborating with nine business partners to help healthcare providers, clinics and hospitals improve productivity through the use of service-oriented architecture (SOA).

The partners are all working to develop healthcare applications using the IBM SOA Foundation and supporting a set of open technology and industry standards, IBM said.

The nine partners provide applications that encompass many of the specialty fields that impact the healthcare industry including: EHRs (Blueware); clinical portal (Carefx); document management (CGI Solutions and Technologies and Ricoh); health analytics (Convergence CT); consent management (HIPAAT); health enterprise management (Lawson); communications (Nortel); and clinical and financial information management (Siemens Medical Solutions), IBM reported.

The company said its healthcare strategy is based on the adoption of an SOA approach and the use of open standards and standards-based EHRs to provide secure and private exchanges of records between authorized healthcare provider and healthcare payor organizations.