Microsoft launches customised offering to help small, medium healthcare providers

Microsoft launches customised offering to help small, medium healthcare providers
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29 May, 2020

Days after launching its industry-specific cloud offering, Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare, Redmond, Washington-based technology company Microsoft has rolled out a suite of solutions to help small and medium healthcare providers in India.

Dubbed Healthcare in a Box, the suite is tailored for Indian SMBs and comes integrated with collaboration app Microsoft Teams, bookings app Microsoft Bookings, web-based office apps O365 E1, and Power Platform, which includes three products Power BI, PowerApps and Power Automate, according to a statement.

“The pricing for the new solution would depend completely on the customer’s requirement – the duration, the user persona (patient/doctor/healthcare provider), the number of users,” a Microsoft representative told TechCircle.

The company launched Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare, during its Build 2020 event, which took place between May 19 and 21.

The solutions under the healthcare vertical will help enhance the patient experience, empower health team collaboration, and improve clinical and operational data insight, among others, the company added. The offering is now available for a six-month free trial. Microsoft is yet to announce the bundle pricing post the free trial period. 

Healthcare is turning out to be a new frontier for leading cloud solutions providers. Google, for example, recently announced that it has made its Cloud Healthcare API (application programming interface) generally available.  The API will help healthcare organisations manage their data requirements. Amazon Web Services is also helping healthcare providers accelerate cloud adoption. 

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In April, Microsoft said it is working with government organisations and healthcare firms in their fight against Covid-19. The company also announced that it would dedicate $20 million towards Covid-19 research in a bid to mobilise its AI for Health initiative.

In other updates related to the technology giant, Microsoft announced that it would introduce additional features to its chat and conferencing app, Teams.