Partnering for the Future of Healthcare

03 October 2013 | Neil Jordan, General Manager of Health Worldwide for Microsoft

This blog post first appeared in Mobile Health Matters on October 1, 2013.

For hospitals and health systems to achieve the value of their EMR investments, they must be able to deliver information to the point of care and ultimately the point of making a difference with patients – whether the clinician is at the bedside, down the hall, in the office or at home. Industry paradigms like health system consolidation and the physicians shortage mean that clinicians will be increasingly mobile, relying on personal devices for the information they need to provide quality care.

What we know today is getting information into the hands of clinicians in the right place at the right time isn’t going to be easy. That’s why in July, Microsoft was pleased to announce that AirStrip will be the first mHealth company to be part of the Microsoft Apps For Surface program. Innovative leadership like AirStrip’s is essential to overcoming the challenges of mobile healthcare such as like compliance, regulations and interoperability.

Microsoft is engaging with healthcare vendors who understand the changing industry and are bringing new solutions to the table to help clinicians improve the quality of care while reducing costs. We want clinicians to have the tools they need to make care decisions right on their Windows 8.1 devices including a seamless view of EMR data and medical device data. Clinicians need enterprise-class software available on Windows 8.1 devices that enable the security and functionality necessary for the exchange of patient data.

Working toward this vision, during Health 2.0 we announced the next phase in our relationship with AirStrip – the availability of AirStrip ONE Cardiology for Windows 8.1. When we talk with hospital and health system decision makers, we recognize they are juggling financial pressures and need to prioritize health IT projects to confirm the value and ROI. The cardiology service line is a good place for health systems to get their feet wet in mobility since the data lends itself well to visual representation, cardiac conditions are a target for readmissions penalties and cardiology patients tend to be an expensive patient population.

One of the most impactful components of making AirStrip ONE Cardiology available on Windows 8.1 is that it’s not just going to reach clinicians on their tablets but will also make that same view of data available on their desktops at the hospital and office.

We’re excited to continue to grow this relationship with AirStrip and to work with together to deliver the solutions that meet the current and future needs of the evolving healthcare system.

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Neil Jordan
General Manager of Health Worldwide for Microsoft