Microsoft Corp. InfoPath , the new Office family application formerly code-named “XDocs,” now supports Clinical Document Architecture (CDA), a national XML standard for the healthcare industry. Built on XML, Microsoft InfoPath streamlines the process of gathering information through rich, dynamic forms and ensures that customers can reuse information across their organization. With InfoPath, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and HMOs can capture vital information about patients within an InfoPath form that they create, validate the information for accuracy, and save it in a CDA-compliant file, which can be read and used by other back-end systems, such as hospital information systems, document management software, portals or other organizations. A physician filling out a patient’s diagnosis form could query an external knowledge base to identify the appropriate medication covered by the patient’s insurance, check for potential interactions with the other medications in the patient’s file, and submit the order to the patient’s local drugstore for the pharmacy to fill – all from within InfoPath. www.microsoft.com/office/preview/infopath

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