Last week, Microsoft announced a set of new features for its healthcare Cloud computing provider, Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare, at its annual Microsoft Ignite conference. Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare leverages Microsoft Cloud applications such as Microsoft Azure, Dynamics 365, Microsoft Power Platform and Microsoft 365 to enhance the healthcare journey for both patients and healthcare providers.
The goals of Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare are centred around enhancing patient engagement, empowering health team collaboration, improving clinical and operational insights, and improving data management. Some of its new features include an AI-operated missed appointment predictor, patient journey templates for better analysis of patient trends, and the new Dataverse Healthcare API feature for better exchange of clinical data.
Cloud computing is the future of healthcare data management, and healthcare Cloud computing enhances the provider/patient relationship by encouraging trust and transparency. With healthcare Cloud services, doctors can share lab reports, electronic health records and prescription notes in real-time with both patients and other healthcare team members. This, in turn, increases patient involvement and empowers health team collaboration. GlobalData forecasts suggest global spending on Cloud services will reach $429.4bn by the end of 2024.
While healthcare Cloud computing offers several promises, an understandable concern from both patients and healthcare providers is the possibility of data breaches. Patient data is one of the most sensitive and personal types of information, so it is important that healthcare providers take the necessary measures to ensure that their patients’ information is secure.
Annual version releases to improve Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare contribute to the evolving healthcare Cloud technology landscape. There is no question that Cloud computing has transformed the healthcare industry.
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