Microsoft has announced new health-focused initiatives and solutions aimed at helping global healthcare providers harness the power of artificial intelligence and the cloud.
The American Software maker said it wanted to accelerate healthcare innovation through artificial intelligence and cloud computing. The company aims to fulfil this goal by bringing its capabilities in ground-breaking research and product development to help healthcare providers, biotech companies and organisations around with “intelligent health” tools that drive interoperability, while concurrently facilitating more face-to-face time with patients.
The Redmond-based tech giant announced several initiatives such as Project Empower MD. This project can create a system that listens and learns from what doctors say and do, to dramatically reduce the burden of note-taking for physicians.
Similarly, AI Network for Healthcare is yet another project from the company. An expansion of the Microsoft Intelligent Network for Eyecare, now AI Network for Healthcare, to create an AI-focused network in cardiology, in partnership with an Indian hospital chain.
Likewise, Microsoft Genomics has also been made available to a significant number of healthcare providers. The announcement came ahead of the annual HiMSS health conference, held at Las Vegas last week.
“Clinicians and care teams are yearning to swivel their chairs from the computer and pay more attention to the patient, yet still they spend two-thirds of their time interacting with burdensome IT systems,” wrote Peter Lee, Microsoft’s corporate VP of AI + Research.
Microsoft also announced Project InnerEye. The project uses state-of-the-art machine learning and computer vision to turn medical images into measurement devices. InnerEye goes beyond the research lab through cloud-based image segmentation services that integrate with third-party software products to enhance the clinical workflow of healthcare professionals such as radiation oncologists, surgeons, radiologists and medical physicists, the company noted.
The company also explored the world of mixed reality in health care, “We will also continue progress on current Healthcare NExT research-based projects like our Health Bot project as well as our partnerships with UPMC and Adaptive Biotechnologies” the company said on its blog.