Cloud flexibility and compliance, IT control, real results

05 July 2013 | Sumit Virmani, Director, Health for Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector

Last week I blogged about how the new Microsoft Office streamlines care team collaboration and patient communication. Today, in the final installment of my series on the new Office for Health, I’ll discuss how it allows health organizations to move to the cloud on their terms, provides IT control, and, most importantly, is delivering real results for customers big and small. 

Flexibility and compliance for the cloud

In our conversations with health organizations, it’s clear that they want to take advantage of the benefits the cloud offers, but they want to do it on their own terms. With the new Office, health organizations can move to the cloud at their own pace and in a way that addresses their needs around data security and compliance. It can be run on-premises, as a hosted service, or as a hybrid of both.

Plus, Microsoft Office 365 is the only major cloud business productivity solution that addresses rigorous HIPAA regulations in the U.S. and offers a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) to customers. For customers outside the U.S., we have similar standards in place.


Since IT control is extremely important to our health customers, the new Office offers many capabilities to help them keep control and maintain compliance. The Office 365 certifications are clearly part of that. We also offer end-to-end solutions for device management, enterprise-grade Data Loss Prevention (DLP), built-in malware protection, Retention Policies, Information Rights Management (IRM), remote wipe, and so much more.

One example of the new Office security and privacy features: when a health professional sends an email with potentially private health information, an automatic warning is issued, reminding the health professional to make sure the organization’s compliance policies regarding the sharing of sensitive data are being followed.

Real results for health organizations big and small

One of my favorite parts of my job is seeing how customers large and small are achieving concrete gains in their productivity and collaboration with the new Office. Just two examples:  Advocate Healthcare, which is the largest healthcare provider in Illinois, saved $4 million and improved communications by moving their on-premises email to the cloud. And Mihills Webb Medical, which is a small health provider with only 17 employees, is saving the equivalent of 30 days of medical assistant time each month according to their calculation by using Office 365. 

If you want to learn more about the new Office for Health, visit the Microsoft Office for Health website.

Sumit Virmani
Director, Health for Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector

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Sumit Virmani | Director, Health for Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector

Sumit Virmani, director in Health for Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector, is responsible for strategy and marketing of collaboration technologies in the health industry globally. Read more