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Microsoft announced the rollout of a spate of industry-specific cloud offerings, with Cloud for Healthcare as the first to launch.
At its recent virtual Build conference, the tech titan announced the rollout of a spate of industry-specific cloud offerings — Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare is the first to launch and is now available as a free six-month trial for providers, according to Engadget. Business Insider Intelligence Microsoft shared details of its new cloud offering via a public preview, and indicated plans to roll out the solution in Q4 of this year, per ZDNet. For context, the tech giant's Industry Clouds are sets of tools that bring together existing Microsoft services such as Teams, Azure IoT, and chatbots. Microsoft's Cloud for Healthcare is comprised of features designed to address the specific needs of the healthcare industry — here's a look at two that should help the tech titan woo provider partners:
- Microsoft's Bookings app enables clinicians to engage with patients without leaving their existing workflows — which should come as a relief to overburdened physicians making the switch to telemedicine.The Bookings app is integrated into Cloud for Healthcare via the Teams collaboration platform, and allows healthcare professionals to schedule and conduct virtual visits within Teams. Cloud for Healthcare's ability to extend clinicians' reach to patients via a portal that's already part of their normal workflow should help providers more seamlessly meet the hikes in demand for telehealth services right now, and enable them to continue to meet demand post-pandemic as virtual care becomes a more central element in patients' care journeys.
- Dynamics 365 Marketing and Customer Service tools will boost providers' efficiency and could help reduce readmissions. The Dynamics 365 tools enable clinicians to craft individualized care plans, proactively contact patients, and conduct remote patient monitoring via Microsoft's Azure IoT. For context, Azure IoT enables real-time data exchange between medical devices, which can help reduce hospital readmissions and their associated costs by enabling clinicians to rapidly respond to emergency situations and quickly escalate care. For context, the average readmission cost for any diagnosis in the US was $14,400 pre-pandemic.
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