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

Related to healthcare cloud offering, Microsoft announced its first updates for its remote patient monitoring, care coordination, virtual care capabilities.

In October, last year, the tech giant announced its Cloud service for Healthcare to bring together various existing services such as Azure IoT, Microsoft Teams, and chatbots with the motive of helping the healthcare industry to manage operations.

The first update, which will be available in April, will have various services for care plan management with supporting eight additional languages.

“During the time of the pandemic, when patients were not able to visit their doctors, virtual care helped a lot. This should make the providers focus to improve patient experiences, ensure secure health information exchanges, and enhance care management workflows”, says worldwide health at Microsoft’s corporate vice president, Tom McGuinness in a blog post.

 Patents and clinicians can have virtual meetings in Teams by Microsoft. The virtual chat tool, Teams, integrates helps to improve collaboration with already existing workflows while protecting all the sensitive information. During the virtual visits, the clinicians and the caregivers can have a 365-degree view of the patient's care plan using a single system.  

The tech giant, Microsoft also offers new applications for home health care plan management and remote patient monitoring feature. Cloud for Healthcare tools of Microsoft also designed especially with support to exchanging data with Azure API for FHIR and tools for HITRUST, HIPAA, CCPA, and GDPR.

The announcement was made by Microsoft while rolling out new three cloud offerings for manufacturing companies, financial services, and nonprofits. Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google are giving tough competition for Microsoft in providing virtual facilities in the healthcare market.

McGuinness said that cloud adoption in healthcare was accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Healthcare organizations become capable of scaling up digital health technologies using the capabilities provided by various healthcare cloud services. Various tools to improve workflow efficiency, data interoperability, and streamline interactions are also provided by the tech giants including Microsoft, which helps the healthcare organizations to improve their care for patients.

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Mindray Selected as Patient Monitoring Solution Provider for WakeMed Health & Hospitals

Mindray North America | January 12, 2024

Mindray, a global developer of technologies and solutions for patient monitoring, anesthesia, and ultrasound, announced a five-year agreement with WakeMed Health & Hospitals (WakeMed), a leading health system in Raleigh, N.C. The nationally recognized 970-bed not-for-profit health care system selected Mindray's intuitive patient monitoring systems—including the BeneVision Distributed Monitoring System (DMS) and BeneVision N-series Patient Monitoring Systems—for its three hospitals. As part of the agreement, approximately 2,300 monitoring devices will be installed in WakeMed's emergency and inpatient areas, across all acuity levels, to help assess and facilitate patient care, monitor vitals and condition changes in real-time, and provide seamless data integration during patient transport throughout its facilities. "We are very excited to collaborate with WakeMed," stated Wayne Quinn, President, Mindray North America. Wayne continued, "Our purpose is to provide our customers with progressive technology that helps them deliver the highest quality care now and in the future, aligning with a shared vision of better healthcare for all. The contract with WakeMed underscores our commitment to ensuring the health system has access to tools and technologies that enable clinicians to work more efficiently while helping WakeMed fulfill its mission to improve the health and well-being of their community by providing outstanding and compassionate care to all." "Mindray's monitoring technology will allow us to further improve patient safety, efficiency and clinical workflow as we continue to deliver life-changing care," said Neal Chawla, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) for WakeMed. "Alongside comprehensive patient monitoring, these innovative tools help prevent alarm fatigue and create a quieter, more restful environment for patients—a critical element to promote healing." The BeneVision N-Series consists of six monitors with the same user interface. It allows healthcare facilities to choose their ideal display size and parameter capabilities, putting precise, relevant data at clinicians' fingertips. As the first-ever patient monitoring platform to incorporate capacitive touch screen technology across all of its monitors, N-Series enables clinicians to cut minutes off of clinical review, analysis and charting time, leading to increased efficiencies and driving positive patient outcomes. The N-Series' modular design expands, providing a scalable solution and the ability to flex from low acuity to high acuity, seamless data integration during transport, and flexible licensing options. Mindray's BeneVision DMS provides continuous, real-time access and surveillance across large and small healthcare networks and integrates and displays patient information from networked bedside monitors, vital signs monitors, wireless transport solutions, and telemetry transmitters – supporting up to 1,200 devices across the enterprise, locally, and remotely. The BeneVision DMS enables clinicians to observe, manage and document a patient's condition in support of high-quality, patient-centric care, from admission to discharge. About Mindray Mindray is a leading developer, manufacturer, and supplier of medical device solutions and technologies used in healthcare facilities around the globe. We believe we can change lives by making the most advanced healthcare technology attainable for all. We do this by empowering healthcare professionals through innovative, high-value solutions that help create the next generation of lifesaving tools across three primary business segments: medical imaging, patient monitoring and life support, and in-vitro diagnostics. Mindray maintains its global headquarters in Shenzhen, China; Mindray North America is headquartered in Mahwah, New Jersey. Our Ultrasound Innovation Center is located in Silicon Valley, with additional facilities in major international markets around the world. About WakeMed Health & Hospitals Serving the community since 1961, WakeMed is a not-for-profit health care system founded and based in Raleigh, N.C. WakeMed exists to improve the health and well-being of our community by providing outstanding and compassionate care to all. WakeMed's 970-bed system comprises a network of facilities throughout the Triangle area, including three full-service hospitals, seven emergency departments, a dedicated Children's Hospital and Rehabilitation Hospital, more than 90 physician offices and Wake County's only Level I Trauma Center. WakeMed's mission-driven team includes more than 10,300 employees, 1,400 volunteers and 1,300 affiliated physicians, along with the more than 700 physicians and providers with WakeMed Physician Practices – all representing the best minds and the biggest hearts and the finest quality in health care and community health.

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Medtronic receives CE Mark for its next generation Micra leadless pacing systems

Medtronic | January 05, 2024

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Canon Medical Systems and Olympus Announce Business Alliance regarding Endoscopic Ultrasound Systems

Canon Medical Systems | January 15, 2024

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Canon Medical has a history of more than 100 years in the diagnostic imaging systems business, including X-ray diagnostic systems, CT, MRI, and ultrasound diagnostic systems, and provides products and services to more than 150 countries and regions worldwide. Canon Medical has been a leading company in the development of diagnostic ultrasound systems since the 1960s and has pioneered the development of A-mode (Amplitude display mode) systems for neurosurgery and linear electronic scanning systems, among others. Canon Medical's strengths lie in its advanced ultrasound image quality and proprietary technologies, such as D-THI, an image quality enhancement technology, and SMI, an imaging technology that enables the delineation of extremely slow and fine blood flow, which has been difficult to image in the past. 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PureHealth Completes Acquisition of UK’s Largest Private Healthcare Group

PureHealth | January 16, 2024

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