Cognizant and Microsoft partner in boost to virtual healthcare

Cognizant and Microsoft have announced a new collaboration to deliver a virtual healthcare solution for improving remote patient monitoring and medical care. 

Announced on Tuesday, the solution from Cognizant will leverage parts of the Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare and is the first of several planned offerings that combine remote patient monitoring and virtual health, utilising products like smart watches, blood pressure monitors, and glucose meters to collect and communicate patient health data to providers. 

The solution leverages Microsoft Azure services including FHIR, API Services and Teams integration to improve scalability and reliability. The newly announced endeavour is backed by Cognizant’s dedicated Microsoft Business Group, bringing together Cognizant’s digital modernisation expertise with Microsoft’s focus on building Industry Clouds, to deliver a commercially available and comprehensive healthcare solution. 

With chronic diseases expected to account for 70 percent of global deaths by 2030, advancements in digital integration are quickly becoming recognised as an optimal approach to preventing, managing, and treating disease. Cognizant’s new offering is the first in a series of digital healthcare solutions as the company accelerates its client offerings aimed at implementing advanced healthcare technology to increase patient engagement, enhance personalised care, provide remote patient monitoring, and facilitate improved patient outcomes.  

Future offerings will build upon existing solution capabilities to help clients expedite implementation.  

“The bridging of technology and healthcare is creating new opportunities to improve how providers monitor the health of their patients and engage with them for time-sensitive interventions,” said Surya Gummadi, head of Cognizant Healthcare. “Utilising data analytics, secure cloud technology and interoperability products, our collaboration with Microsoft offers a unique, scalable solution that aims to connect providers and patients, and enhances the quality, timeliness, and personalisation of healthcare.” 

“Cognizant’s new virtual healthcare solution utilises differentiated capabilities, built on the secure and compliant Microsoft Cloud, that make it easy for people to collect and share health data using their own devices, while ensuring that providers have the data and insights they need to diagnose and treat patients,” said Tom McGuinness, corporate vice president, global healthcare and life sciences, Microsoft.  

“We look forward to combining our technologies and collective expertise to deliver additional solutions that offer high quality healthcare and enable patient well-being.”