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Building a sustainable nursing workforce of the future 

Our Microsoft U.S. Health and Life Sciences organization has collaborated with frontline health organizations and professionals over the course of the pandemic to better support patient needs and address emerging issues and opportunities. That’s why we were once again proud to join Johnson & Johnson and SONSIEL (Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs and Leaders)…Read more

Beyond the pharma supply chain crisis: Action and impact 

Supply chain disruptions have become commonplace: natural disasters, international trade tensions, cyberattacks, and global pandemics are just a few of the shocks that can immobilize pharma companies.1 With cargo ships waiting to unload in the largest ports around the world, energy prices driving inflation, and shortages of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and essential chemicals, there…Read more

Digital transformation can improve clinical and financial outcomes 

The healthcare industry is in critical need of digital transformation as providers struggle with administrative burdens, fragmented care delivery, siloed data, and burnout. To effectively tackle these challenges, providers in value-based contracts need to quickly adapt to the digital transformation so they can improve care delivery and increase financial stability in the changing healthcare landscape….Read more

GxP Compliance starts with proper vendor assessments – and here’s how you can do it effectively even remotely 

Welcome back. As we continue to build up your secure, resilient, and compliant environment, we now must cover another foundational and required step: the vendor assessments. It is a mandatory regulatory requirement to conduct these assessments, however, the physical audit is not mandatory. The need for analytics, high-capacity storage, and increased computing power has expanded…Read more

What is human-operated ransomware, and how does it differ from traditional ransomware? 

Ransomware existed in small pockets starting in 2013 and was opportunistic, typically affecting one or two devices within an organization. The more popular and destructive types of ransomware appeared as WannaCry in May 2017 and NotPetya in June 2017. Because these variants of ransomware used vulnerabilities in unpatched operating systems to propagate, this kind of…Read more

The golden age of health informatics 

While the field of healthcare informatics is certainly not new, the opportunity to derive novel breakthrough insights from digitized health data is. Informaticists have produced meaningful impact for decades, especially in the clinical decision support domain, where analytics have substantially shaped care pathways to deliver better patient outcomes. We’ve seen steady progress in accessing and…Read more

Improving access to care with NurseHack4Health solutions 

May was clearly the month to celebrate nursing, with May 6 designated as National Nurses Day, International Nurses Day following on May 12 and our third NurseHack4Health, May 14-16. It was a pleasure to join 30-plus Microsoft volunteers who supported this hackathon, empowering 645 participants from over 30 states and more than 20 countries who…Read more

The transformation for good imperative 

The world is very different today than it was just a year ago. The realities of COVID-19 have challenged us all.  The pandemic rearranged our health and wellness priorities while teaching us some valuable lessons.  When faced with a crisis, we’ve learned that health systems and health leaders are capable of agile transformation. One need only look at the heroic efforts of doctors, nurses,…Read more

How mixed reality enables pharma innovation in a new world of hybrid work 

The pharmaceutical industry recently stunned the world by developing multiple COVID-19 vaccines faster than anyone thought possible. Intensive collaboration using advanced technology made it possible.  Pandemic-driven changes in how people work create new hurdles—but also new opportunities. For example, restrictions on in-person work often made it impossible to have experts on site. Microsoft HoloLens and Dynamics 365 Remote Assist helped manufacturers get back to work by enabling highly skilled professionals to work…Read more

Transforming health by caring for those who care for us 

Molly K. McCarthy MBA, RN-BC | National Director, Health Providers and Plans Industry, Microsoft Kathleen McGrow DNP, MS, RN, PMP | US Chief Nursing Information Officer, Microsoft Kelly Larrabee-Robke, MBA, MS, RN | US Chief Nursing Officer, Microsoft The challenges faced by healthcare worldwide in the last year have resulted in unprecedented challenges and remarkable…Read more

A Strategy for Health Plans: Activating Social Determinants of Health 

The impact of Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) on member outcomes has loomed large with health plans for over a decade. Social Determinants of Health Source: www.cdc.gov Health Plans have realized that by mitigating the negative impacts of SDoH, they can achieve substantial benefits. These benefits will certainly improve access and outcomes for members. These…Read more

The great transformation in healthcare: How it will impact patient experience 

As we participate in Patient Experience Week, I take a pause to acknowledge that we are living and working in extraordinary times. The COVID-19 pandemic has created massive, yet necessary, shifts in our healthcare system, none like we’ve seen before. We are witnessing 20 years of change and innovation all happening within a span of…Read more