In Healthcare NExT, we’re focused on fusing research, AI, and product development to enable a new wave of technology advancements in health care. It’s a big challenge. But we believe technology, specifically the cloud, AI, and collaboration and business optimization tools, will be central to health care transformation.
One of our first initiatives was introduced in February: HealthVault Insights. HealthVault Insights is a new research-based project designed to allow our partners to transform patient engagement by generating new insights about patient health.
The feedback to our approach has been inspiring. Partner engagement has been especially positive and energized around our new action plans framework. This intelligent technology enables providers to easily create and deliver customized chronic care wellness plans for their patients. Patients can follow their care plan to track adherence by connecting to one of many supported devices while providers can also monitor patient adherence and progress toward broader health goals.
This week, at Microsoft Build 2017, our team will be engaging with developers to talk about HealthVault Insights and how to leverage Microsoft technology to create advanced solutions in healthcare. We’re also announcing new features to make HealthVault Insights even more powerful:
Support for more devices: HealthVault Insights has already brought together data from dozens of apps and devices via the Apple Health and Google Fit services, and we’re now expanding support to even more devices via integration with Validic.
Validic is the healthcare industry’s premier technology partner and platform for seamless access to personal health data from best-in-class clinical and consumer devices, sensors, fitness equipment, wearables, and more. This collaboration means Microsoft will now have the capability to enable HealthVault Insights to work with more than 400 clinical and consumer devices, including Fitbit.
FHIR support: In healthcare, interoperability is critical to improving patient engagement and outcomes. Health Level Seven International (HL7) is an industry consortium defining the next wave of standards for healthcare data encoding and exchange, and their latest is an emerging standard called FHIR. We’re collaborating with Get Real Health on a new open-source project to implement the FHIR standard so that apps and users of HealthVault and Get Real Health’s CHBase can get data from their healthcare providers with more ease. We’ll be working on this project on GitHub, and we welcome additional interested participants to contribute.
If you’re at Build in Seattle this week, please stop by our booth or attend our session at 12:30 pm on Friday, May 12. We will also be recording our session on Channel 9 and will post it here afterwards.
The goal is noble: Empower people to lead healthier lives. And yet, few industries in the world face more complex problems than health care. Disparate and disconnected information systems, the uncertainties within regulatory environments around the world and the inevitable disruptions in core business models all pose perplexing and interlocking challenges.
As we look at some of the challenges in health care, a natural question we ask ourselves is, How can Microsoft bring its capabilities to bear to solve some of these problems?
It’s a big challenge. But we believe technology – specifically the cloud, AI and collaboration and business optimization tools – will be central to health care transformation.
Making a difference in health care will require all that Microsoft can bring, fused with the industry expertise and experience from our partners: leading health care organizations and the companies that serve them.
We are incredibly energized about the opportunities to make a difference in health care. We’ve been listening carefully to our customers and partners within the health care sector, and we’ve heard their message: Let’s work together, innovate together and create solutions that can empower people to lead healthier lives.
Today, we are expanding our commitment to building a healthier future with new initiatives and solutions, making it easier for health industry partners and organizations to use intelligent technology to improve the lives of people around the world.