Mobility and collaboration in health have tremendous potential for patient engagement and improved clinical care and I was really glad to see that during the recent eHealth Week 2013 in Dublin, a strong focus was laid on these themes. However, in order to realize that potential, we must not only think about the technologies and apps we use but also develop processes to optimize their utility and effectively manage the changes involved for the people impacted by them.
Organizations of all sizes are now keeping this in mind and I will also share some examples of innovative Microsoft Partners who have developed great solutions for the health industry.
Microsoft partner Chipsoft improves healthcare delivery with complete, real-time access to patient information. The University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU) have now implemented service delivery by giving healthcare providers quick and comprehensive access to patient information. ChipSoft was hired to create an integrated electronic medical record solution that is now used by doctors and nurses to capture and store the health data of every patient. In addition, UMCU developed a patient portal used by 30,000 patients to access their health records and interact with doctors. Based on Microsoft SharePoint 2010, these solutions have helped UMCU put patients in the center of the care process. See a video about the Chipsoft solution here.
Another Microsoft partner Ascribe is a leading provider of IT solutions for the healthcare industry. They wanted to help clinicians identify trends and improve services by supplying faster access to information. However, exploding volumes of structured and unstructured data hindered insight. To solve the problem, Ascribe designed a hybrid-cloud solution with built-in business intelligence (BI) tools based on Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and Windows Azure. The solution also includes apps that run on Windows 8 tablets. By simplifying implementation with end-to-end Microsoft products, the company developed a proof of concept within six weeks. Now, clinicians can respond faster with self-service BI tools and gain actionable insight from a wide variety of data that includes clinical records, emergency room notes, and social media feeds. Read more about Ascribes solutions here.
As for some other examples of state of the art solutions I have seen at the event, Avanade showed how Window 8 tablets are enabling an efficient use of line of business systems and entertainment at the bedside in Parisian Hospitals. Moreover, our Danish partner Rehfeld showed their strong and role customizable BI solution for Health, also on Windows 8 and Slainte Healthcare showed their amazing solution Vitro – Intelligent Paper on Glass, which is all about transition to paperless environment. IQMessenger from the Netherlands showed how Microsoft Lync enables messaging and alarming in the Health environment. Finally ESRI showed their strong capabilities in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Dell was showing their amazing new Windows 8 Tablets.
During WoHIT the winners of the EU SME eHealth competition were announced and BrainControl from Italy won the Best eHealth solution developed by a European SME award. BrainControl is an Assistive Technology that can be used by people suffering from pathologies such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Multiple Sclerosis, traumatic or ischemic injury, including people who are in locked-in state and you can see their innovative Windows 8 app here.
Innovation in the health industry provides thousands of jobs for people working directly in the IT and the healthcare system, and for those in related medical fields. We need to work together. To innovate as well as to succeed, it is crucial that we team up with partners to help deliver innovative solutions to health customers, citizens and patients to address their specific needs and provide cost-effective and responsive service through a flexible set of scalable, security-enhanced, and cost-effective solutions.
I’m thrilled to look back at a WoHIT event that brought together a great number of innovators, partners, and customers from around the world. I believe the future of eHealth technology in the public sector is in the great hands of innovative organizations that will enable mobility, collaboration and apps for healthier citizens in an eHealthier Europe.