Companies use Microsoft technology to help improve patient care

AirStrip ONE Cardiology

Health care companies that use Microsoft technology now have consolidated views of patients’ health care information, offering alerts and vitals for a broad view of clinical indicators to better manage critical patients.

As the Microsoft in Health blog reports, “There is now an incredible array of visual devices to interface with this data in a more intelligent way.” Microsoft has “more touchpoints than any company in the world — in the clinic and in the home — through more than 2,000 Windows 8.1 certified devices including 7-inch tablets, Surface, to large screen Perceptive Pixel devices and with set-top boxes, and gaming with Xbox.”

Hemang Patel, an eight-year veteran of Microsoft’s health and life sciences division who is a senior business development manager specializing in clinical mobility and distance health, predicts that “in the future, the technology will also provide detailed monitoring capabilities to patients in the home to help them better manage their own care. Microsoft is working with various partners to achieve this vision.”

He gives as an example AirStrip Technologies, which partnered with Microsoft recently to release a Windows 8.1 version of AirStrip ONE Cardiology. With this, clinicians can now access vital data from across the care spectrum in a single unified format, such as current and historical electrocardiograms (ECGs) with digital visual enhancement, the ability to edit and confirm findings and the ability to send ECGs and lab results via secure link sharing. The app can also access electronic medical records (EMR), monitoring and other patient data.

Another Microsoft partner, VitalHub, created the VitalHub Chart, another mobility app that “saves clinicians time and reduces the risk of treatment errors by integrating patient information from various EMR systems into a single, user-friendly interface. The VitalHub Server gathers, organizes, and then delivers the data in these systems so clinicians can focus on patient care. The solution offers one-touch access to patients’ charts as well as the ability to view and enter patient information on mobile devices. That information is highly protected through multi-factor authentication to restrict system access to authorized users and devices only. And there is no patient data stored on either the devices or the server.”

Read more about these efforts on the Microsoft in Health blog.

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Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff