Communication and Collaboration

Communication and Collaboration

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Communicate and collaborate with care team and patients

It’s not always easy for health workers to connect with the right person or information when and how they need to—to say the least. But to improve efficiency and quality of care and services in the highly collaborative world of health today, it’s more essential than ever that they do.

Open and interoperable collaboration solutions from Microsoft and its partners make it faster and easier for people within and outside your health organization to connect and to access and share information. Using the familiar, intuitive tools these solutions provide, health workers can efficiently and effectively communicate and collaborate with each other and their patients in a timely, highly secure, and cost-effective manner.

Connect and work together in real time

Whether they're in a hospital or clinic, at a patient's home, traveling between facilities, or telecommuting, health workers need the ability to work with colleagues and access the most up-to-date information. They need communication and collaboration tools that make their lives easier and are available virtually anywhere, anytime.*

That’s where collaboration solutions from Microsoft and its partners can help. For example, designed to meet the workflow needs of time-challenged, mobile health workers, and dispersed teams, Microsoft Lync, Microsoft Office 365, and Microsoft Office 2010 offer tools that equip your people to communicate and collaborate better in real-time using their PCs, phones, or browsers.* Whether they're reviewing patients’ lab results from a mobile device while on the go, analyzing integrated operational data from an office desktop, or conducting a video consultation from a home PC, these tools can help health workers connect with the right information and people in the right way at the right time. At the same time, powerful security features give you vital control over user access and help safeguard health and organizational data.

Microsoft Lync

Brings the many ways health workers communicate into a single interface that’s consistent across applications and devices. With this easy-to-use interface, health workers can initiate and manage voice communications, instant messaging, and audio, video, and web conferencing. Presence shows whether the people they want to reach are available, and, when they are, shows the best way to reach them, too. Health workers can also use the presence feature to manage when and how they are contacted. These tools transform communications into rich interactions that are more timely and effective.†

Microsoft Office 365

The Microsoft Office 365 services offering unites cloud-based services with the productivity tools people use every day. The familiar Office experience comes from Office Professional Plus. Add to that Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online, and Microsoft Lync Online, and health workers are equipped to quickly and easily find and share information, communicating with each other from virtually anywhere.* For health workers without their own workstations, Microsoft Office 365 for deskless workers allows your organization to cost-effectively extend access to information, processes, messaging, and collaboration tools in a security-enhanced and reliable way. With Office 365 in the cloud, people can collaborate easily across organizations and infrastructures in a highly secure manner.*

Microsoft Office 2010

Microsoft Office 2010 helps health workers connect with people, processes, and information from wherever their work takes them. Using intuitive and flexible tools they already know, they can work together better, and easily share, review, discuss and update synchronized information from different locations. For example, Office 2010 simplifies how people collaborate on documents, such as discharge summaries, research papers, and staff communications. It also makes it easier for health workers to access, analyze, and collaborate around real-time patient, clinical, or administrative data and customize workflows to streamline teamwork.