Our Data & Analytics team explores key features, business benefits, industry applications, and technical capabilities of Microsoft Cortana Intelligence Suite.
Blog six of a series.
Today’s healthcare industry faces substantial challenges: an aging and ever-growing population, an increase in chronic and communicable diseases, a rise in regulation and ever-strained budgets.
At the same time, we’re experiencing an increase in connectivity and widespread access to information that’s causing patients to expect more responsiveness and a higher level of care from the organizations that serve them.
Each of these challenges presents massive opportunities to help transform the industry’s approach to the quality of healthcare available to patients. Today’s medical executives and professionals know that to become a patient-centered organization, they must adopt digital business models that empower every person within the organization.
How Microsoft Cortana Can Guide Healthcare’s Digital Transformation
How can organizations make a change? This is where Microsoft Cortana Intelligence Suite can help. Thanks to its wide array of services (Internet of Things, Big Data, Advanced Analytics, Data Visualization, and more), Cortana can lead that digital transformation to become intelligent health organizations.
Microsoft’s vision for health is simple: To remodel the patient’s journey by having them serve as active participants in their health. That shift is expected to improve patient experience, empower medical professionals, and optimize clinical and operational effectiveness.
By using Cortana, Microsoft can deliver on its holistic approach to the healthcare industry. That approach focuses on the following key points:
- Provide a personalized patient experience by:
- Sharing full, customized access to patient health data at all times and on all connected devices.
- Delivering more care through digital devices and technologies that track a patient’s well-being in real-time.
- Developing an interactive care relationship that includes providing personalized care to patients at anytime, anyplace.
- Empower your care team to deliver effective, collaborative and individual care by:
- Enhancing communication using real-time updates across devices and locations.
- Creating personalized care plans based on live information about a patient’s health and status available on personal devices.
- Providing a standard communication channel for all levels of care that leads to enhanced risk assessment and recommendations.
- Optimize clinical and operational effectiveness by:
- Identifying best practices to improve clinical outcomes thanks to advanced analytics on the data within the applications.
- Utilizing smart systems and automated tools to improve internal processes, streamline operations and reduce costs.
- Taking advantage of machine learning to analyze health trends and patterns, identifying risks and potential outbreaks.
- Engage health patients by:
- Leveraging online tools and resources such as self-assessment and personal device readings.
- Reaching patients with preventative care and healthcare updates at their convenience.
- Promoting wellness and adapting operations to respond to needs voiced over social media and rating systems.
How does Microsoft Cortana support these efforts? By giving health organizations the power to capture data from a patient’s Internet of Things (IoT), including personal devices such as smartwatches and phones that provide remote, real-time health monitoring services. Care teams can use Cortana to deliver necessary advice or notifications directly to patient devices.
Health organizations can also automate their delivery by automating the manual process of scanning thousands of exams such as mammograms through Cortana Intelligence Suite. Not only will this lead to quicker results and lower costs, but by applying Cortana’s machine learning models, health organizations might be able to detect breast cancer in early stages.
Those are just a few examples of how Microsoft and its partners are delivering transformative solutions across the healthcare industry.