Transforming healthcare of the future with Office 2016

Lindsay James
Lindsay James
By Lindsay James on 24 September 2015
Transforming healthcare of the future with Office 2016

As technological evolution continues to transform healthcare, Microsoft is reaffirming its commitment to the industry through the release of Office 2016.

Neil Jordan, general manager of Health Worldwide for Microsoft, said in a blog post: “At Microsoft, we are dedicated to empowering health organisations globally - whether it be through providing the right technology to improve caregiver collaboration and productivity, or delivering solutions that meet ever more stringent privacy, security and regulatory requirements. With the increasing burden on both systems and individuals, it’s critical to enable health professionals to do more from anywhere.

“Today, with the launch of Office 2016, Microsoft is taking another step forward in offering health professionals the tools they need to work more efficiently in the changing healthcare delivery landscape, so they can spend more time with patients,” he continued. “The new Office was designed with health professionals in mind, as it addresses key industry obstacles clinicians face daily: the ability to easily collaborate and help protect sensitive information, all while working on-the-go.”

According to Jordan, one of the biggest benefits of Office 2016 in healthcare is more streamlined teamwork. With new collaboration capabilities in Office 2016, every care team member has the right tools to provide better care. Real-time editing allows health professionals to work together on critical patient documents, reducing documentation errors and improving care team efficiency. And with Skype for Business, clinicians and administrative staff can use IM, screen share, talk or video chat on any device, meaning medical staff can engage with patients anywhere and work with other experts like they’re all in one room.

What’s more, Office 2016 is the most secure Office ever. It significantly reduces the risk of transmitting sensitive patient data with configurable Data Loss Prevention across Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook, helping clinicians and staff have more peace of mind while collaborating with the care team. Health professionals can also securely access content when outside the hospital walls with Multi-factor Authentication, Rights Management, and Office 365 Message Encryption.

And, With Office 2016, health professionals can expect consistency, reliability and anytime-anywhere access to critical applications. Mobility is the new normal, and this is an area Microsoft is passionate about. Office 2016 - especially when combined with the capabilities of Windows 10 -- helps drive mobility and productivity in health forward. Users can access touch-optimised Office mobile apps across Windows, Android and iOS. Office 2016 also offers robust protection for safeguarding content on devices. For example, data protection is built in with features like Enterprise Data Protection and Office 365 Mobile Management, available for all devices, even in a bring-your-own-device system.

“No one can say with certainty what medicine will look like ten years from now,” said Jordan. “However, with increasing technological advances in the industry, we can predict it will continue to change dramatically, and that we will be stronger if we can tackle this evolution together.”

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