VoIP is sweeping the planet. For those who do not know it yet, VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol. It is a method whereby users anywhere in the world can call anyone else over the Internet for almost nothing. Two independent providers of VoIP, Vonage and Skype, are marketing their services in fundamentally different ways. It is a very interesting story.

MicroStrategy Incorporated, provider of business intelligence software, announced that HealthCare Partners Medical Group has selected MicroStrategy to provide its business intelligence platform. Based in Torrance, California, HealthCare Partners has about 400 physicians and provides care for approximately 500,000 patients.

HealthCare Partners initially plans to deploy MicroStrategy for internal reporting and analysis of patient satisfaction and health insurance data. MicroStrategy was selected by HealthCare Partners for its integrated architecture, ease of use, scalability, and data security.

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