Sina Technology News, Beijing time on July 10 morning news, Microsoft will cooperate with the US chain hospital operator Providence St. Joseph Health (hereinafter referred to as "Providence") , building a new high-tech hospital.
Providence CEO Rod Hochman said the group will renovate existing facilities in the Seattle area, which is close to Microsoft headquarters. Hodgman said that in the past few months, the two companies have been discussing the vision of "future hospitals", and he also conducted with Microsoft CEO Satya & middot; Satya Nadella. Many one-on-one meetings.
Microsoft has also tried to enter the health care field, launched a hospital IT software called Amalga, but failed to attract a lot of attention, and cooperation with Providence means that Microsoft is once again moving into this field. At the same time, Apple, Amazon and Google's parent company Alphabet are also paying attention to this area of up to 3.5 trillion US dollars, but the areas of concern vary from clinical trials to medical devices.
The strategic focus of the partnership is to improve electronic medical records, making it easier for doctors, nurses and other health service providers to find and share information. In addition, the two companies plan to use technologies such as natural language processing and machine learning to help clinicians diagnose and treat patients.
Another focus is to improve health care services and reduce costs by working closely with large Seattle companies. Another Seattle-based company, Amazon, is also working with JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway to focus on improving the employer experience. The three companies have formed a health care organization called “Haven” (shelter).
Hodgman said that the project is still in its early stages and many details have not yet been determined. He declined to give details such as the number of specific beds or the scale of operations. But he insisted that both companies are working hard to invest a lot of “human capital and capital”.
“We decided to expand this partnership. & rdquo; He said. “And not just buying software from Microsoft. ”
Hodgman said he decided to work with Microsoft because Microsoft positioned Providence as a partner rather than a potential competitor.
“Apple, Google and Amazon have their own advantages. & rdquo; He said. “This is not to say that these three companies have no projects, but I want to differentiate them from these companies through cooperation with Microsoft. Microsoft did not try to do its own health care, and did not want to enter the industry personally, but tried to make it better. “
Providence has chain hospitals in Washington State and six other states and has been self-positioning for digital medical systems for many years. In recent years, the group has dug a lot of executives from peripheral technology companies such as Microsoft and Amazon. Aaron Martin, chief digital officer of Providence; Aaron Martin worked for Amazon's Kindle division, and chief information officer B.J. Moore worked at Microsoft for more than 20 years.
Like other medical systems, Providence is also under increasing pressure, and people are asking hospitals to monitor patients after they leave the hospital and improve their treatment.
“If you want to take care of your patients, we can't turn into a big box with an emergency room& rsquo;. & rdquo; Hodgeman said. “It must be developed into an information center that provides sophisticated outpatient and inpatient care services. “
Microsoft has made other attempts in the healthcare field, but so far has not achieved much success. In 2006, the company acquired Azyxxi, a health care intelligence software originally developed by Washington Hospital, and acquired more tools from a private hospital system in Thailand in 2007, but these tools have never really succeeded. Later Microsoft closed some projects, merged other projects into a joint venture with General Electric, and eventually withdrew. (Tang Feng)