Microsoft is new to cloud technology healthcare but the company is off to a good start as evident with the revenue figures. Peter Lee, Microsoft Healthcare’s corporate VP, revealed that in order for a big tech companies such as theirs to dominate the healthcare industry, they must be able to set a really high bar for standards. He added that the fundamental question they had to answer is whether they have the right as a company to meddle with the healthcare business.
Microsoft is responsible for developing Microsoft Azure which is a cloud computing service that is used by healthcare providers to store all their data such as medical images, X-rays and genetic profiles of the patients.
With the use of data recorded in the cloud, Microsoft has the ability to analyse it in order to develop new solutions by utilizing AI or artificial intelligence. Lee shared that there three specific areas wherein AI will be useful in healthcare.
First, machine learning can be utilized to go through the information recorded regarding proteins and the body’s immune system in order and determine early symptoms of a disease. This is the main reason why Microsoft signed a deal with Adaptive Biotechnologies which is based in Seattle. Through the partnership, the can create a map of the immune system to better diagnose and give treatment to various diseases. In order to accomplish this, Adaptive is going to produce over 1 trillion points of data which will be utilized for machine learning.
Second, which is more likely to happen sooner than later, is improve the relationship between the patients and medical professionals. Currently, doctors had to write down everything regarding a patient’s visit but tech companies are now developing assistants similar to Alexa which can help manage the paperwork to lessen the doctors’ workload.
Third, artificial intelligence is beneficial in various basic tasks which can be time consuming. It can collect related health data for better handling and managing patient’s privacy. It might sound like a very simple task in cloud technology healthcare but it will ensure that the privacy of the patients is prioritized.