What you need to know about Microsoft Azure for Healthcare (Part 1)

What you need to know about Microsoft Azure for Healthcare (Part 1)

In the field of healthcare, Microsoft Azure is about to shift to a higher gear, and Miami healthcare providers are preparing to take advantage of this. The app provides them with unmatched time to insight, scalability, and performance at affordable prices. It’s also a great way to leverage the seamless integration of a Microsoft-powered system.

But what exactly are the specific benefits of Microsoft Azure for healthcare? Here are some ways the award-winning software improves the way healthcare businesses conduct their operations:

Improved patient engagement

Key to this is improving information flow. Azure provides both providers and patients with real-time data, which healthcare providers can use to conduct continuous patient monitoring. This, in turn, leads to timely medical interventions, reduced readmission rates, and improved health outcomes.

In short, the efficient transmission of information will allow healthcare providers to shift from traditional, reactive, symptom-based care to proactive, personalized care.It’s a great way to turn hospital stays into positive experiences for all patients.

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Seamless collaboration

Azure facilitates collaboration through customizable tools and features. This way, you can configure your app exactly the way your business needs it to function. For instance, some healthcare companies have developed Azure-based clinician chatbot extensions for Teams to improve electronic medical record (EMR) search capabilities. These extensions let users reduce query times from minutes to mere seconds.

Sometimes, cross-departmental collaboration is less about manually connecting with one another, but more about using tools that give one another ample access. With Microsoft Azure, your entire company can work together seamlessly, minus the disruptions of manual interaction.

More insights

Businesses can leverage Azure Data Lake, Microsoft’s no-limits data repository for powering intelligent action. With Data Lake, developers, data scientists, and analysts can store and process any size, shape, and type of data. Data Lake features petabyte-size filing capabilities, simple massively parallel data processing, easy big data debugging and optimization, enterprise-grade security and support, out-of-the-box usability, and robust cloud capabilities.

Some hospitals are already experiencing the benefits of using Data Lake. They are leveraging its data management and in-house analytics capabilities to manage costs while improving quality of care and their compliance profile. They do all of this by pairing their Azure Data Lake-based data with Azure Virtual Machines to create a scalable, high-performing, and affordable data management tool that quickly analyzes and reports on patient information.

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Secure health data storage

A common worry about migrating to cloud-powered solutions is data protection. The prevailing impression for many business leaders is that putting data in the cloud will leave it vulnerable to cyberattacks. But with Azure, all those worries melt away, thanks to proactive security posture management and threat protection.

Azure comes with Azure Security Center and Azure Defender to help protect your hybrid workloads. Security Center assesses and creates visualizations of the security state of your resources with Azure Secure Score. It also uses AI and automation to cut through false alarms, quickly identify threats, streamline threat investigation, and simplify compliance. Azure Defender comes with tools you can use to protect your servers, such as Safeguard Windows for vulnerability scanning, Azure Container Registry for mitigating container vulnerabilities, and Azure Arc for protecting workloads outside of Azure.

Reimagined healthcare

Healthcare is always one of the first implementers of technological innovations because hospitals and clinics are always looking for ways to save lives and improve ways of living. So it should come as no surprise that Azure-powered healthcare companies are finding novel ways to leverage the software to improve both the patient and provider experience.

HoloLens is one such innovation. Some Azure-powered hospitals are using it to create 3D holograms of medical cases and patient information, providing surgeons with powerful and immersive visualizations of the cases they will treat.

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