Microsoft CityNext Health solutions are designed to empower cities to become more competitive, and to ensure that citizens and communities thrive. Through Microsoft CityNext solutions, governments can take advantage of a broad range of technologies and programs that improve healthcare and social services for communities around the world. Microsoft and our partners draw on a platform of cloud, Big Data, mobile and social technologies to create a new generation of citizen-centric solutions that provide better access to healthcare and social services.
Increasingly, patients expect to receive personalized care at the point of need, anytime and anywhere. To meet patient expectations as well as rein in costs, cities and health systems can take advantage of the Microsoft CityNext ecosystem of global partners and cloud, Big Data, mobile and social technologies. Microsoft CityNext solutions help cities, municipalities, and regional governments deliver coordinated care in more ways and places—whether at home, in community centers, or in the workplace. Transforming health services can help improve quality of life for people with disabilities or chronic conditions, enable aging citizens to live at home longer, and allow city and health authorities to continue to innovate with shrinking budgets.
For example, by using web-based conferencing tools, GPs can meet with patients in virtual offices as well as collaborate with other doctors in real time. And by integrating medical devices with IT infrastructure including cloud services, healthcare professionals can also remotely monitor vital signs. Now, care teams can use a new generation of collaboration platforms and mobile technologies to manage cases more efficiently and share information anytime, anywhere.
By connecting medical devices, cloud services, and mobile apps and devices, governments can deliver high-quality health services in any location, whether urban or rural. Real-time access to medical records and expertise helps care providers provide faster diagnoses and better care, as well as cut drug costs by remotely monitoring prescriptions and usage.
With Microsoft CityNext solutions for remote care and case management, local governments worldwide can provide better medical services more efficiently and affordably.
Cities are under pressure to not only improve health services for everyone, but to provide targeted support for specific populations. To create more tailored services, local governments need to analyze social determinants such as environment, resource distribution, social structure, and education. To help cities eliminate information silos and work with a broad array of data sources, Microsoft CityNext solutions draw on a diverse partner network and a platform that includes cloud, Big Data, mobile and social technologies.
Population health solutions from Microsoft and our partners help government and healthcare organizations gain rapid insight into clinical and demographic data and implement targeted programs. As a result, cities and health systems can align service offerings, coverage, and eligibility to prevent disease, enhance health outcomes, and reduce the incidence and severity of chronic conditions. In addition to improving population health, these solutions can help cut costs at a city, provider, and systemic level by extending existing infrastructure.
Microsoft CityNext solutions for population health management help cities more easily identify health trends and provide targeted, people-first support and services.
Cities are facing a rising tide of health threats such as mental health issues, obesity, alcohol abuse, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, and stress. These threats, combined with employment challenges and demographic shifts, significantly affect quality of life as well as the economic well-being of communities. Powered by resources including a diverse partner network, cloud, Big Data, mobile and social technologies, Microsoft CityNext solutions help governments create innovative solutions that improve public health.
The people-first solutions can give people in virtually any location more control over their health. For example, a growing number of medical device such as digital scales, pedometers, and blood pressure and glucose monitors can seamlessly share data with healthcare apps in the cloud. Citizens can use their favorite devices, including smartphones and tablets, to make medical appointments, learn about nutrition and fitness, and get peer support from social networks.
Solutions for personal health and wellness based on Microsoft and partner technologies can help people make better lifestyle choices. As a result, local governments can work collaboratively with citizens to prevent and control disease outbreaks, and create thriving, healthier, communities.
Cities, municipalities, and entire regions are increasingly confronted with healthcare crises—including influenza virus outbreaks, foodborne illness, and more—that require epidemic and pandemic management. Microsoft CityNext solutions help local governments meet these challenges by taking advantage of a diverse partner network and a platform that includes cloud, Big Data, mobile and social technologies.
Local emergencies as well as the need for improved global surveillance make it imperative for cities, heads of hospitals, and other decision makers to take advantage of solutions that help track, classify, analyze, visualize, and manage suspicious incidents. By providing field workers with mobile devices and apps that track disease incidents, record data, and share information, cities can handle emergency situations better, save lives, and control costs.
Solutions for pandemic management based on Microsoft and partner technologies can help governments:
Primary care services play a basic role in citizens' health because they are the principal point of contact for general care and for obtaining referrals to specialists. Microsoft CityNext solutions—which draw on a platform of cloud, Big Data, mobile and social technologies—can help local governments and health networks improve service delivery.
Cities can take advantage of Microsoft and partner solutions to optimize processes and seamlessly share information along the health value chain.
Solutions for primary care can help cities:
Administration processes for social services are still often bogged down by manual processes such as managing paper-based forms that contribute to long wait times. However, local governments of any size can improve efficiency with Microsoft CityNext solutions that automate manual processes and streamline workflow. Microsoft and our partners are helping cities, municipalities, and regions improve services with innovative, affordable solutions based on a broad technology platform, including cloud services, Big Data insights, mobile technologies, and social media.
New solutions can help cities combine virtually any data source, including handwritten notes, in a centralized, automated environment that improves productivity, accuracy, and security. In addition, integrated business intelligence tools can help government employees easily analyze and visualize data to gain insights that further improve services.
For example, claims management solutions based on Microsoft and partner technologies can provide a 360-degree view of a specific claim, bringing together all related documentation and data. By improving access to information with online tools, Microsoft CityNext solutions for social benefits and administration can help local governments respond faster and build better relationships with citizens.