Microsoft’s Cloud Services Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online services have been accepted as meeting the requirements for storage of personal health information by the Ministry of Health. Further to this, Microsoft also has the green light to become the public Cloud and back-end support for the eHealth agenda in New Zealand. What this means is that health services providers are now allowed to store their data in the Cloud.
However, the NZ health tech industry isn’t adopting an entirely new way of operating, and many providers will be well versed in the roll out of Cloud based services in health. “The local health tech sector has already been rapidly adopting the public Cloud to develop futuristic solutions, but until the announcements this week have only been able to sell those solutions in international markets”, says Gabe Rijpma, Senior Director of Health and Social Services, Microsoft Asia.
There are benefits for the Ministry of Health embracing the Microsoft Cloud which reach far beyond data storage. This includes the Ministry being able to build on a scalable foundation that will enable its employees to take advantage of new technologies and faster data response times in healthcare.
New Zealand health providers currently using Microsoft’s Cloud Services include Ryman Healthcare, St John’s Ambulance and Plunket.
Simon Challies, CEO of Ryman Healthcare says his company adopted the Microsoft Trusted Cloud to help deliver on the vision of a fully electronic system for caring for Rymans residents, which puts the residents and caregivers first in everything. “We are now able to empower our staff by giving them computing devices and apps that help them care for each of their residents in a very personal manner” says Challies.
Adopting Microsoft Cloud Services will transform NZ’s e-Health agenda for the better.