Microsoft in rude health with Azure and AI boost

Following on from its blockbuster Nuance deal, Microsoft is expanding its healthcare cloud strategy with the general availability of Azure Health Data Services and updates to Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare.

The improvements come with ambitions to transform the healthcare journey using artificial intelligence (AI) to give full visibility into data, reduce provider administrative burden and boost productivity for care teams on the frontline.

They also aim to increase workflow automation that can improve quality of care, reduce clinician burnout and deliver better care faster at a lower cost.

New features include updates to Microsoft Teams for virtual appointments and enhanced clinical workflow, enhancements to Azure Health Bot templates and better insights into demographic and clinical patient information.

Tom McGuinness, corporate vice president, Global Healthcare & Life Sciences, Microsoft, said: “At a time when healthcare systems are strained to capacity and researchers are racing against the clock, we believe that data and AI hold the keys to a new world of health and discovery for patients, clinicians, researchers and administrators.

“Microsoft is bringing together the solutions the industry needs in a cohesive way.”