In an effort to explain themselves, sometimes companies get caught up in numbers, acronyms, legal jargon and static information. To those who follow their news daily, these blurbs and tidbits amount to routine information, yet to other interested parties, the amount of dense information being shoved their way can be overwhelming and confusing. In a new interactive cloud map, Microsoft is trying to tackle the challenge of density versus discoverability when it comes to the healthcare industry and technology.
Microsoft’s new interactive map showcases the geographical footprint of North American healthcare organizations that invested in Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure. The map offers a state-by-state overview of the healthcare provided for customers. On the map, viewers can identify which companies are utilizing one if not all of Microsoft’s cloud-based offerings including Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics, and or the highly secure Microsoft Azure platform. Take into consideration the high-level of protection the healthcare industry requires to operate, the numbers and the map show a significant trust in the Microsoft cloud. More than 25,000 health organizations have researched and chosen Microsoft’s cloud solutions to house and in some cases transfer healthcare information.
In addition to the interactive map, Microsoft has also released the findings from a survey of clinicians recently that addressed the mobility and interoperability in the healthcare industry.
When asked about devices and how important mobility was to the participants, many responded with:
- What devices are clinicians using?
- The vast majority of clinicians use a desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone in their day-to-day patient-oriented work.
- Clinicians are using a wide variety of devices – including smartphones (50%), laptops (49%), and tablets (23%) – in addition to the traditional desktop (56%).
- What do they do with these devices?
- Clinicians use desktops for most information-sharing: to communicate with colleagues or specialists (46%), hospital surgery scheduling (40%), pharmacy (39%), and patients (35%).
- Clinicians also use smartphones (50%), mostly to communicate with colleagues.
- How do devices help clinicians most?
- Clinicians say using devices such as tablets, laptops, and smartphones makes it easier to collaborate with physicians (61%)
- Clinicians see real advantages to using mobile devices, including easier access to patient data from any location (58%), easier recording of patient information (50%), and greater productivity (41%).
- Mobility matters when updating patient records: 57% record patient data in the room with patients, 24% record it outside the patient’s room, 7% record it in a breakroom or dining room, and 7% record it in the car.
Once again, Microsoft attempts to cut through the density of information and deliver key takeaways with something a bit easier to digest with an infograph.
Further reading: Azure, Cloud, Dynamics, Healthcare, Microsoft, Office 365
Go and visit the map and or Microsoft Health to get even more useful information. This information may be especially useful for the lucky few using the Microsoft Band right now.