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Innovative solutions for the health industry
By: Per Bendix Olsen, Senior Director, Partners, Public Sector, Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa
01 October 2013

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Recently, the region of Southern Denmark and Microsoft signed an agreement to explore how new technologies and solutions can provide benefits to future hospital operations. This cooperation will be part of the Science Park in Odense, where Southern Health Innovation are also working on developing future intelligent health technologies. The parties agree on a common platform for the development and the agreement is an important step towards ensuring Danish health innovation and excellent patient care.

Agreements like this one between the region of Southern Denmark and Microsoft are important to solve the ever-increasing problems the world sees today within health. Governments and hospitals now need to measure the impact and implement the best solutions in collaboration with the health technology industry, as part of a holistic healthcare plan. It is important we work closely together to develop interconnecting health communication and coordination, use of innovative user interfaces, create innovative platforms, applications and processes that put the patient at the center. All core areas highly essential, both in terms of prevention but also in the matter of hands on patient care and the everyday work in the health sector.

I would like to share some other examples of great innovative solutions for the health industry build on Microsoft platforms.

The implementation of Telbios platform and Microsoft technologies for CRM in healthcare enables general practitioners in the four cooperatives that operate in the Local Health Authorities in Lombardy (Bergamo, Como and Milan) to assist chronic patients. The system is part of the CReG (Chronic Related Group) project, which provides a number of disease management services centered on patient care, home tele-monitoring, education, and empowering chronically ill patients. The objective of the program is to transform traditional passive health care to an active one through a program that focuses on prevention and control that improves the quality of life of the patient and drastically reduces hospitalization costs. Now there are 306 General Practitioners involved in the 4 cooperatives for a total of approximately 37.000 patients followed under the program.

Another example is from the German hospital Siloah St. Trudpert Klinikum that enhances patient care and medical training with an intelligent system. Siloah St. Trudpert Klinikum, ia a leading hospital in Germany and it wants to optimize healthcare and demonstrate its pioneering endoscopic surgery to visiting physicians. The hospital have implemented a digital operating room from medical-instrument maker Richard Wolf based on Microsoft technology that connects multiple endoscopic devices and data sources to a central control with a touchscreen interface. The solution also integrates with a video-conferencing system so that visitors can observe surgeries in real time. As a result, the hospital is optimizing patient care, enhancing medical training, and improving efficiency and workflow.

Finally, I would like to draw attention to the Luton & Dunstable University Hospital in the UK The hospital is a typical acute multidisciplinary hospital with a regional hub, and concerned with costs and productivity. A key focus is improving the time spent with patients. The hospital deals with over one million patients every 36 hours and with the UK population projected to rise from 62m to 71m by 2030 the hospital has been tasked to increase efficiency in dealing with patients. In other words, a clinical solution to transform the patient care experience at this busy hospital.

We are living in the mobility age, and mobile devices and apps help contribute toward personal and demographically maintained healthcare. Moving forward we need to collaborate and work together, Microsoft and partners, to develop and implement the latest health technologies, including solutions that enable patients to take greater part in their own health care, and more easily collect and share patient information securely.

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