HIMSS 2013: Hear How Microsoft & Our Partners Are Making a Real Impact for Better Health

28 February 2013 | Michael Robinson, Vice President, U.S. Health and Life Sciences, Microsoft
​Microsoft is committed to making a real impact for better health, including better care and better outcomes for more people – it’s what we’re all striving for in the health industry. This year at HIMSS, we’re excited to showcase our growing customer and partner ecosystem, as well as how our solutions are delivering value in health.
At Microsoft, our solutions are making an impact in health. We’re empowering mobile teams in healthcare to be productive anywhere and in the most secure way possible via solutions like Windows 8 and Office 365. In fact, many are saying that Windows 8 represents the no-compromise, enterprise-grade tablet the health industry has been waiting for. We’re also enabling healthcare organizations to maintain security and compliance. Microsoft offers a complete range of public, private and hybrid cloud solutions to meet the various needs of the healthcare industry, and Microsoft is the only major cloud vendor to programmatically offer a BAA to HIPAA regulated customers and partners, demonstrating the highest confidence in the security of its cloud products.
Some of these technology solutions will be on display at this year’s event - here’s a bit of a sneak peek into what Microsoft will feature in our booth as well as what you’ll hear and learn from us and our partners this year at HIMSS13.
Updates from Microsoft
You’ll have the opportunity to experience Microsoft solutions and the ways in which they can impact health, including Windows 8, Windows 8 devices and apps in the Microsoft booth (#1127).
  • Microsoft Experience Center: While at HIMSS, please join us for a Microsoft Experience Center (MEC) session, a hands-on introduction to Windows 8 and the new Office. This true-to-life user experience takes customers through common work-related scenarios at a hospital, such as staying productive while mobile, using social networking to get work done, and connecting in real time with co-workers. It also provides a first-hand look at the experience of Windows 8 and the new Office across a variety of devices, as well as technologies like Microsoft Lync and Microsoft SQL. The Microsoft booth will feature demos that showcase how Windows 8 can be used in the healthcare setting to improve the patient check-in and consulting experience, etc.
  • Office demo: The new Office in Health demo provides a glimpse of the new Office suite enables collaboration and communication and enhances productivity in health. The demo showcases how the new Outlook, OneNote, Lync, SharePoint, and SkyDrive Pro features facilitate a clinician’s day-to-day tasks across devices and enable health organizations to leverage the cloud in a secure and compliant environment.
  • HealthVault: The Microsoft HealthVault Windows 8 app will provide users with even more options for accessing their medical records via Surface and other tablets. HealthVault enables consumers to store, gather and share their health information and to better manage personal health data from a wide range of health and fitness devices and apps.
  • Azure StorSimple: Microsoft will be highlighting Azure StorSimple, our cloud-integrated storage (CiS) solution, which offers significantly better backup and recovery performance, faster adoption of hybrid cloud computing and 60–80% lower total cost ownership versus traditional enterprise storage.
Our Partners
You’ll have the first chance to see some of the latest products, solutions and devices from our partners, including those using Windows 8. The Microsoft booth will feature more than a dozen of our premier partners, including the following:
  • Caradigm:Caradigm, which is a 50-50 joint venture formed by GE Healthcare and Microsoft, will feature new applications from Caradigm and industry partners at booth #1323.
  • Acer: Acer’s ICONIA Convertible Tablet PC, ICONIA Slate Tablet PC and S7 Ultrabook will be featured in the Microsoft booth. These devices allow caregivers to maintain electronic medical records (EMRs) and point-of-care diagnostics and examination while mobile.
  • Tangent: The Microsoft booth will feature the VITA V24, the latest 24” multi-touch PC that runs on Windows 8.
  • Tabletkiosk Device: The Sahara Slate PC i550 CAD from TabletKiosk, which is small enough to fit into a lab coat pocket, will also be in the Microsoft booth.
  • Fujitsu: We’ll also have the STYLISTIC® Q702 from Fujitsu, which was designed for Windows 8 and has an optional keyboard docking station with a secondary battery, keyboard, touchpad and ports, so physicians and nurses can use it in a variety of settings.
  • Diebold:Our partner Diebold will be in the Microsoft booth showcasing EfficientC™, their Patient Self-Service registration solutions which speeds access to care to their specialized Patient Procedure Tracker.
  • Omnicell: The Anesthesia Workstation, powered by Windows Embedded 7, will be featured in the Microsoft booth. The Workstation securely stores supplies in one convenient place and automatically tracks inventory used, reducing hours of manual documentation.
What You’ll Hear
Microsoft will have a number of presentations and side events during the show, including:
  • Microsoft HUG Innovation Forum & Innovation Awards Ceremony, March 3, 11:30am – 4:30pm, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center: We’ll be celebrating out 16th annual Microsoft HUG Innovation Awards, which is our opportunity to shine a light on the companies that address industry challenges in innovative ways. This event will also feature discussions focused on leveraging cloud to create collaborative, connected and secure health communities, engaging patients to drive improved outcomes, innovation in BI and Windows 8 in health.
  • AFCEA Children’s Inn Charity Event, March 3, 6:00 – 8:30pm, Steamboat Nanchez: In conjunction with HIMSS, the AFCEA is sponsoring the 4th Annual Children’s Inn at NIH. Microsoft will be there to support the cause!
  • Unleashing Microsoft’s Business Intelligence and Database Capabilities within the Epic Platform Lunch & Learn, March 4, 12:00pm – 1:30pm,Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Room 209: This Lunch & Learn will focus on how Microsoft’s System Integrators and Epic’s partnership has allowed healthcare providers to leverage Epic investments and Microsoft BI technologies to assist in their analytics, reporting, and data reuse efforts. You will hear directly from a healthcare provider on their experience assessing and deploying an analytics and reporting solution across their organization.
  • Office 365: Using a Secure, Compliant Cloud to Transform Email, Communication & Collaboration Lunch & Learn, March 6, 11:30am – 1:00pm, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Room 220: This Lunch & Learn will cover how Microsoft Office 365 can help healthcare organizations take advantage of the cloud and improve patient-centered collaboration and, security and adherence to privacy regulations, including full support for a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement.
What You’ll Learn
Microsoft’s footprint spans from the enterprise across the community into the care delivery organization and into the home. From innovations with Windows 8 and Windows 8 apps and devices to connect mobile teams and engage patients in health, you’ll learn about how technology from Microsoft and its partners are being used to improve care and population health at a lower cost per capita.
We hope that you’ll stop by booth #1127 during the conference to learn more about what we’re working on and what we have planned for the remainder of 2013. Looking forward to seeing you all next week!
Michael Robinson
Vice President, U.S. Health and Life Sciences, Microsoft

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Michael Robinson | Vice President, U.S. Health and Life Sciences, Microsoft

Michael Robinson is the Vice President of Microsoft’s Health and Life Sciences in the U.S., driving their business initiatives into the commercial and public sectors. Read more