Microsoft taps telehealth company to use AI in preventive care

Microsoft and telehealth provider Babylon are partnering to enhance artificial intelligence's use in preventive healthcare.

Three things to know:

  1. The organizations will use AI and cloud computing to explore opportunities to increase their health IT offerings, according to an Oct. 18 news release. For the initial step in the collaboration, Babylon's digital health offerings will be added to the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.

  2. "This collaboration will allow us to build on our existing capabilities so we can proactively support patients through the devices they already own and shift the focus from reactive to proactive healthcare," said Tom McGuinness, corporate vice president of global healthcare and life sciences at Microsoft. "We look forward to bringing our collective expertise and technologies to drive innovation in healthcare and capitalize on the current digital health revolution by improving the personalization, automation and digitization of the healthcare journey for both clinicians and patients."

  3. On Oct. 19, Microsoft said it was adding virtual healthcare capabilities that can be used through Epic and Cerner EHRs. Through the added features, healthcare providers are able to launch telehealth visits directly from their EHRs with a Microsoft Teams EHR connector.

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