The new Microsoft Office for health provides personalized, productive experiences on mobile devices and enterprise social media

17 April 2013 | Sumit Virmani, Director, Health for Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector

​When you think Microsoft Office, you might just think Word, Excel and PowerPoint. I’m excited to share with you how the new Office is so much more than that. It’s personalized, cloud-connected and enables productivity and collaboration scenarios in health organizations that simply weren’t possible before.

Over the next few weeks in this three-part series on the new Office for health, I’ll be covering some highlights of how it can help health organizations increase efficiency, while addressing their needs for flexibility, control and security. Part one starts today and covers how the new Office supports health professionals’ desire to use mobile devices and social media more for their work.

Productive, fluid experiences across devices

Health professionals love their mobile devices and want to be able to use the productivity tools they’re used to on them so they can work where and when they need to, including wherever their patients are. With the new Office, health professionals can use familiar Office applications on smartphones, tablets, desktops, PCs, Macs and more, as well as on popular browsers. Across devices and browsers, they’ll have a productive, synced experience. In addition, their Office documents can automatically be saved to SkyDrive in the cloud so they can always access their latest work and collaborate in real time, regardless of the device they’re using.

This means that, for example, a clinician can take notes in OneNote while on a home visit using his or her mobile device and those notes can be accessed by his or her colleagues back at the clinic almost immediately. Furthermore, the notes he or she took while in the field will sync automatically across his or her mobile, tablet, PC or Mac. Whether the clinician who originally created the notebook or others edit it, formatting and styles will remain intact regardless of whether they’re working on a PC, Windows Phone, iOS or Android phone.

Enterprise social media

Just as health professionals have become accustomed to the flexibility of mobile devices, they’ve also become accustomed to the convenience of communicating and collaborating on social media. The new Microsoft SharePoint provides an experience that is very similar to the social media experiences health professionals are used to in their personal lives.  But since this experience is on a corporate network versus a public network, it allows health organizations to adopt social media to increase productivity without compromising the security of their data.

With SharePoint and its enterprise social networking newsfeeds and content sharing, team members can share an update to a document or discussion, or ask a question the same way they would update their Facebook status. You can see how this works in the new Office in Health demo . It’s an easy, fast way for health professionals to collaborate. They can stay connected by following sites, content and conversations. This can help improve sharing of ideas, clinical insights and best practices internally.

Next week in part two of this series, I’ll blog about how the new Office for health streamlines care team collaboration and patient communication.
In the meantime, if you want to learn more about the new Office for health, you can start here or check out the demo .

Sumit Virmani
Director, Health for Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector

Microsoft in Health Blog

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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