Microsoft has announced a slew of projects aimed at helping global healthcare providers harness the power of artificial intelligence and the cloud. The computing company said it wanted to help speed up innovation in the healthcare sector by providing clinicians with "intelligent health" tools that drive interoperability, while allowing for more face-to-face time with patients. Amongst the announcements is the launch of new collaboration tools for health workers within Microsoft 365 and the development of an artificial intelligence (AI)-driven clinical platform that listens to and transcribes doctor-patient interactions. Called Project EmpowerMD, developed in collaboration with University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), the platform leverages Microsoft's speech-to-text and natural language engines to record speech data, the primary aim of which is to enable hands-free note taking. According to the project's information page, Microsoft's ambition is to develop "a learning system that incorporates data from longitudinal medical records, medical devices, genomics, population health, research papers, and more."
Microsoft Genomics: The general availability on Microsoft Azure, providing researchers and clinicians with highly accelerated, cloud-powered genomic processing services. The flagship partner for this launch is St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Microsoft Azure Security and Compliance Blueprint: HIPAA/HITRUST – Health Data & AI: The general availability of an end-to-end application development foundation to help health organizations move to the cloud with greater simplicity, compliance, security and industry-standard compatibility. AI Network for Healthcare: An expansion of the Microsoft Intelligent Network for Eyecare, now AI Network for Healthcare, to create an AI-focused network in cardiology, in partnership with one of the largest health systems in India, Apollo Hospitals. Microsoft 365 Huddle Solution Templates: The publication of new developer templates that extend Microsoft Teams, so health teams can benefit from state-of-the-art collaboration tools to drive quality and care outcomes in Microsoft 365. Project Empower MD: Project EmpowerMD, a research collaboration with UPMC, will create a system that listens and learns from what doctors say and do, to dramatically reduce the burden of note-taking for physicians.
In these areas, advanced technologies are playing an increasingly significant role. The confluence of advanced technology with the healthcare ecosystem is set to bring in more efficiency, speed, and cost optimization for hospitals and practitioners while making medical treatment more accessible, timely, and affordable for patients. Here's a look at how Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) is applying advanced technologies in this area. The World Health Organization (WHO) database reveals that over 45% of its member states report to have less than 1 physician per 1,000 population. The data published by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) shows that the U.S. could face a shortage of up to 120,000 physicians by 2030, impacting patient care across the nation.