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Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare

The Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare is one of Microsoft's cloud offerings geared toward a particular industry. 

The creation of industry-specific cloud offerings allows Microsoft and its product and implementation partners to better serve unique requirements of industry segments such as government, nonprofits, and healthcare. For instance, healthcare providers are subject to security and privacy regulations that are different from other business sectors. They must allow for integration of healthcare providers, patients, insurance companies and regulators which meet guidelines for each country in which they operate.

While Microsoft does not yet manufacture medical devices, their products are critical in key areas such as:

  1. Azure for cloud infrastructure. Cloud computing power for better health insights and outcomes as you enhance patient engagement, empower health team collaboration, and improve clinical informatics and operational insights.
  2. Teams for collaboration and telemedicine. 
  3. Dynamics 365 gives patients the tools to research, connect with providers, and schedule care. It can also manage care plans and deliver insight-driven recommendations that enhance patient outcomes and drive lasting engagement.
  4. Power BI uncovers data-driven insights that improve your clinical decision-making and care experiences while transforming healthcare operations and outcomes.

Although the Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare was released in 2021, Microsoft has offered healthcare solutions for years.  In 2007, Microsoft launched HealthVault for electronic medical records.  This product was discontinued in 2019 but Microsoft applied its learning from this experience in current offerings. In 2019, Microsoft released a healthcare bot service. 

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