Microsoft recently took the wraps off of Office 2016, unveiling a software suite not too dissimilar from its predecessor. However, many small features were added to the productivity suite that have now brought a more a secure and collaborative environment to users.
Among the industries benefiting from the recent release of Office 2016 is unsurprising, healthcare. With additions to collaborative tools, care teams can work together and stay connected easier. Now, care teams can make use of group conversations, build collaborative care plans, share notebooks, and host virtual meetings from almost anywhere on or off health care facilities. According to Microsoft,
easy-to-use data visualization features make it quick to develop rich presentations that will engage teams. And rather than having to schedule training sessions, your organization can empower on-the-go health professionals to stay up to date on the latest procedures and policies promptly with educational materials and on-demand videos they can access any time.”
Another addition that comes with the use of Office 2016 for health care users is the strong integration with Windows 10. For those offices that have or plan to upgrade to Windows 10, Office 2016 naturally works well the new operating system. With Windows Hello support, health professionals no longer have to enter multiple passwords, but use their biometrics such as fingerprints or facial recognition to access secure information. The use of Cortana to plan and schedule patient appointments, or check-ups in Outlook with voice activation has been seeing some uptick with professionals who have their hands full with other things.
While email has stayed relatively stagnate as far as innovation is concerned, Office 2016 offers a few tweaks to at least offer professionals a bit more convenience when us it. The additions of filters for low-priority email and’ Tell Me’ search to quickly navigate emails and commands can be a massive time saver.
Lastly, and perhaps the most significant update to Office 2016 for health professionals is security across platforms.
Our health customers loved the Data Loss Prevention (DLP) feature that was part of Outlook in past versions of Office. So much so, they asked us to expand it. We did, and now it’s built in across Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. That means that when a health professional is about to send an email with a document attached, DLP will automatically detect if the email or the document has protected health information in it. Depending on how Outlook is configured, the email can be stopped; the user can be asked to remove the information; or, if the user is authorized to send the information, the email can be tracked.”
This is all done while allowing health professionals on iOS, Windows, or Android devices or platforms communicate seamlessly and securely. As the health care industry undergoes a much needed technological evolution, Microsoft looks to be among the software and service providers helping to contribute to both the well-being of patients as well as professionals.