Cloud has become a new cool. The storage on hardware has become so expensive. The large amount of data storage on in-house hardware would cost a lot than availing cloud services of tech giants and storing data on their servers. Leading tech giants have launched their public and private cloud services to enable organizations to store the huge chunk of data and focus on core business activities. The tech giants have been penetrating in various sectors to make their servers available for storage of data. Healthcare is one of those sectors in which the leading tech giant Microsoft making its way. The company has taken many healthcare initiatives in past few years to facilitate various activities for hospitals, laboratories, and clinics. The advancement of technology has enabled healthcare sector to store its data and avail whenever convenient. Now the Redmond-based tech giant has been endeavoring to take further steps in terms of employing advanced technology in the healthcare sector. The Microsoft Healthcare team has been striving to develop cloud-based profiles, call doctors to store data of patients on cloud, and allow artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze data.
To realize this objective into reality, Microsoft has taken a major step. It has recruited two industry experts, Joshua Mandel and Jim Weinstein. Mandel was employed as Microsoft Healthcare chief architect. He completed a two-year stint at Google in which he acted as an executive for Verily venture of Google, formerly known as Google Life Sciences. Mandel would collaborate with the open standards community for development of an open cloud architecture that healthcare providers can use. Weinstein worked previously as the CEO of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system and hired by Microsoft as the VP of Microsoft Healthcare. He will work closely with various healthcare organizations to help them in adopting the cloud.
“At Microsoft, we’re confident that many aspects of the IT foundations for healthcare will move from on-premise doctors’ offices and clinics to live in the cloud,” said Peter Lee, head of Microsoft Healthcare. “We are taking concrete steps with an initial ‘blueprint’ intended to standardize the process for the compliant, privacy-preserving movement of a patient’s personal health information to the cloud and the automated tracking of its exposure to machine learning and data science.”
The new team of Microsoft Healthcare adopts a formalized approach as compared to the Healthcare NExT (New Experiences and Technologies), an initiative of the company that began taking shape last year. NExT was initiated to cultivate health industry partnerships and help Microsoft’s cloud, research, and AI teams come together to focus on healthcare. The new team work in collaboration with AI & Research division. The objective is to devise ways to shift healthcare data to cloud in a secure way without violating any compliance requirements of confidentiality.
Lee outlined that the task to call out doctors and hospitals to move the patient data to cloud will not be a cakewalk for Microsoft. The race to implement more and more technologies in the healthcare sector is on, in the area of AI particularly. Other tech giants such as Google, Alibaba, and IBM have been endeavoring to launch similar initiatives and run successfully. Though IBM has struggled in its own initiative, it has been trying to determine how to run it successfully. Some analysts have predicted that AI in healthcare sector will grow significantly in next few decades and result in saving of a lot of money. Microsoft has been aiming to implement IoT devices, cloud technology, and AI into healthcare. It will be interesting to see what initiatives Microsoft Healthcare will take in next few years.