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Azure for Healthcare: How Microsoft Teams is Empowering Today’s Healthcare Professionals

Did You Know: Microsoft Teams Provides a Digital Hub for Healthcare Professionals to Communicate, Collaborate, and Share Data

Recently, more and more medical care organizations are shifting to team-based care. The increase in these digital teams is making health care more convenient. However, while this positive trend is taking off, the volume of digital patient data continues to grow and stricter patient privacy regulations are being put into place. It is because of these challenges that the use of Teams has become increasingly beneficial. Since its launch into the world of Healthcare, Microsoft Teams has been empowering organizations and their employees to communicate and collaborate securely.

 

Functions and Features

Teams offers a wide variety of features that allow care teams to securely coordinate patient care. Such features include messaging, priority notifications, voice and video calling, meetings, a patient information access hub, and the soon to be released delegation messaging, which enables one recipient to delegate messages to another when they’re unavailable, like when in surgery. With Teams, customers can also manage everyday hospital operations like shift scheduling, bed capacity, and safety processes. Teams even offers customizable features for first line workers on mobile devices. These features include location sharing, shifts, a smart camera, and the ability to record and share audio messages.

 

With Change Comes New Challenges

As the healthcare industry moves towards digital patient data, enabling the interoperability of data has become the greatest priority. Microsoft is working to combat this challenge of interoperability by providing a single hub for employees to access patient information and to collaborate in real time. When it comes to better patient outcomes, Teams, while acting as this hub, is able to streamline workflows for operational and clinical professionals. And with the ability to integrate FHIR-enabled electronic health records (HER) data with Teams, thanks to partnerships between Microsoft and leading interoperability providers, hospitals and clinical staff on-the-go can securely access patient records, chat with other team members, and so much more without ever having to switch between apps.

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