Microsoft updates Cloud for Healthcare with new virtual care, patient monitoring features

Microsoft announced the first updates for its healthcare cloud offering with new virtual care capabilities, remote patient monitoring and care coordination.

Virtual health has helped expand access to care at a time when the pandemic has restricted patients’ ability to see their doctors. This requires providers to think about ways to improve patient experiences, enhance care management workflows and ensure secure health information exchanges, according to Tom McGuinness, corporate vice president, worldwide health at Microsoft in a blog post.

Through Microsoft Teams, clinicians and patients can schedule and launch virtual visits in Teams or ​from within the Epic electronic health records (EHRs) system.

Teams, which is a virtual chat tool, integrates into already existing workflows to improve collaboration while protecting sensitive patient information. During virtual clinic visits, physicians and caregivers can use Dynamics 365 patient insights to see a holistic, 360-degree view of their patients’ care plans without having to bounce between multiple systems to gather relevant patient information, according to Alysa Taylor, corporate vice president, business applications and global industry at Microsoft. 

The capabilities offered through the healthcare cloud service helps organizations scale up digital health technologies while also providing tools to improve data interoperability, workflow efficiency and streamline interactions.