Azure cloud as a solution for health care industry

Azure cloud has helped the health care industry rise upto the demands of the current pandemic. It is a step forward to address the needs of this industry

Balasaravanan Venugopal
Azure

In recent times, the impact has been more on the healthcare industry and the challenges imposed by COVID have added more pressure to the situation. More and more elective procedures are being canceled both by the caregiver institutions and the patients alike. There is a strain on the healthcare professionals and the resources in such institutions are quite depleted. So the thought leaders in the healthcare space have to now transition from surviving the pandemic into leading the re-imagined solution space. This requires a fundamental change in how healthcare organizations approach their operations - from a reactive crisis management model to a proactive planning model. The Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare solution is a step forward in addressing the needs of this industry.

Four principal foundations, trust, scale, security, and compliance holds the foundation for the Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare solution. The data of the patients are not monetized and Microsoft Azure aims to be a trusted platform for such critical data security needs. Azure is a proven leader in investments to bring a positive cloud environment for developers and business leaders. The scale and security features provided by Azure are of an impeccable standard and lends themselves well to the stringent needs of the healthcare industry. The Azure platform holds the majority of the certifications necessary to enforce the compliance of data products across various geographies. Next, we explain the four strategic areas which form the focus for the primary outcomes.

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Enhancing patient engagement

The solution enables enriched data flow to flow in a secure manner through every point of care to improve the patient's experience and health outcomes. The tools that we usually associate with the high-tech industry are now democratized to be beneficial to the healthcare industry. The Patient 360 system segments the patients based on attributes related to health and interactions. The patients can connect with the bot to perform operations like triage, booking appointments, access historical interactions data, etc. The care team can focus on the right plans and focus on the patient's needs. The team will also get a holistic view of the schedule and resource scheduling.

Empowering team collaboration

There is a need to improve the ability to coordinate care in a secure environment. The systems in the healthcare industry are usually seen as having complex operational workflows and the solutions from Microsoft aims to simplify the same. Microsoft teams are the central piece that enables team collaboration. Tools like notifications, image annotations, and targeting capabilities needed for the healthcare industry are part of the team. Managing patient lists, tasks, sending messages for approvals and planning shifts get a lot easier with the tailored experience of the Teams platform. The virtual visits or telehealth features are now brought right to the web browser without the need for installing specific applications.

Improving the clinical insights

Connecting the data across the system, improves the insights derived from the data. The use of advanced analytics and machine learning can improve patient care, quality assurance, and operational efficiencies. Auto populating health records with accurate clinical notes from a physician and patient interactions simplifies the records management lifecycle. The Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare solution have tools like Azure speech to tech and text to speech libraries which facilitates the population of health records

Protect health information

We should protect health information to support privacy and manage end-to-end data security. The compliance needs are evolving in a systematic manner and it is necessary to uphold the compliance metrics to improve data governance and trust.

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Microsoft Cloud for HealthCare

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