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Microsoft’s bold ambition to build the intelligent cloud comes to life in healthcare thanks to the power of advanced health analytics, Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine Learning

The future of health includes higher-quality, personalized, preventive and predictive care that’s more accessible and efficient. Microsoft’s bold ambition to build the intelligent cloud comes to life in healthcare thanks to the power of advanced health analytics, Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine Learning. In this blog post, we will be focusing on the Internet of Things.

Advanced analytics capabilities combined with the digitization of the physical world (Internet of Things) has tremendous impact when applied to remote monitoring and better treatment of chronic diseases. According to a McKinsey Global Institute 2015 report, IoT has the potential to cut costs by as much as 50 percent in chronic diseases management, equaling to a gain of $1.1 trillion per year in 2025. Use of IoT systems could enable societal benefits worth more than $500 billion per year. Interestingly, most of the IoT data collected today are not used at all, and data that are used are not fully exploited across various sectors – not only health and wellness – as less than 1% of data is currently used, mostly for alarms or real-time control, while more can be used for optimization and prediction.

Here are just a few examples of forward-looking health systems and technology companies embracing this transformation in Europe:

Creating an intelligent bedside system. Lille Regional Teaching University Hospital in France harnesses the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT), to improve the experience of the more than 87,000 patients it serves each year while enabling greater staff efficiency. The hospital has created an intelligent bedside system that vastly improves staff’s access to information, and helps patients more easily stay in touch with loved ones. It connects bedside terminals with multiple existing data sources and a secure backend system, making critical information more easily accessible from a single bedside source. By connecting 1,928 bedside terminals and 652 Internet Protocol televisions with multiple data streams and media capabilities, Lille is saving healthcare workers countless hours spent accessing and manually updating information.

Improving population health through epidemic management. The City of Vienna, with the support of Atos, is taking advantage of the cloud and analytics for its new epidemic management solution. The Atos Epidemic and Outbreak Management solution tracks and traces incident reports in real time, analyzes patterns, and predicts the risk of a disease spreading. The fully scalable solution, which runs on Microsoft Azure, is designed to address any type of disease, condition, or pathology.

For more health organizations to move to cloud, they need cloud services they can trust. Microsoft’s commitment to cybersecurity, data privacy, compliance, and transparency are the cornerstones of what we call the Trustworthy Cloud. We recently put together a resource to help health organizations address their concerns about the cloud and map their own unique journey to trusted cloud services. Check out the European Cloud Risk Assessment Framework.

At Microsoft, we work every day with health organizations, communities, and partners around the world to help create the future of healthcare — starting now.

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