Microsoft Teams embraces healthcare professionals with latest updates

Henrietta Strickland
February 9, 2019

The corporation also sees its integrated healthcare storage as a way to attract companies to Microsoft, over its competitor Amazon Web Services. Under the "Microsoft 365 for health organizations" banner, the company will first bring new advanced messaging features to Microsoft Teams, including Priority notifications and Message delegation.

In addition to these two new healthcare-focused capabilities, Microsoft also announced the integration of FHIR-enabled electronic health records (EHR) data within Teams. As a result, clinicians and caregivers can easily communicate patient data on the Microsoft Teams platform and record information at the EHR level.

Redox makes it possible for Microsoft Teams to exchange data with FHIR by allowing organizations that use Teams to configure and receive data in a single, consistent FHIR format. FHIR, which stands for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, is a standardized data format created to enable seamless data sharing.

The tool will be based on Microsoft's Azure cloud platform, which it describes as a secure end-to-end platform that organizations can use to store and analyze sensitive data. "One pilot program was a service to monitor chemotherapy patient data across several hospitals, which was developed by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research in Seattle", GeekWire reports. The Microsoft Healthcare Bot service will include chatbots, and features like medical content and terminology and a built-in symptom tracker, the company announced Thursday.

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