Microsoft joins forces with GE Healthcare in fight against COVID

Microsoft and GE Healthcare have joined forces and will be using remote data monitoring technology to check up on ventilated patients who are at risk of deterioration.

The Mural Virtual Care Solution was designed as a supplement monitoring solution to complement the ones already present in patients’ rooms.

It relies on Microsoft Azure to gather real-time data from ventilators, patient monitoring systems, labs and electronic medical records.

Its customisation options allow hospitals to adjust it according to their needs and active policies.

Kieran Murphy, president and CEO at GE Healthcare, states that there will be an unprecedented strain on small and large hospitals alike due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The organisation promises to provide technologies and medical devices for safe and effective care.

This is not the first time that Microsoft has got involved in the healthcare industry.

At the beginning of 2020, Microsoft unveiled the ‘AI for Health’ initiative, the main purpose of which is to focus on healthcare AI and build upon it.

In March, Microsoft made an announcement that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had chosen its Healthcare chat bot service for powering the organisation’s COVID-19 assessment bot.

Microsoft has also collaborated with Deloitte Australia and Amazon Web Services.

The companies have started working on an SMS notification system for sending pathology results to COVID-19 patients.

Microsoft is focusing on developing apps meant for both researchers and citizens.

According to Lee Hickin, national technology officer at Microsoft Australia, the use of PowerBI dashboards for real-time COVID-19 information sharing is up by 42%.

Hickin believes that as terrifying as the crisis may be, this is also a fascinating time for innovation and experimentation across the industries.

He is convinced that technology will be playing an instrumental role during the pandemic.

Collaboration, communication and connectivity are no doubt the pillars to rely on.