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Emerging Tech Tools: Microsoft, Providence St. Joseph Partner at Seattle Hospital

By Steven Porter  
   July 08, 2019

The cloud-based and AI-powered solutions will be deployed at a facility near the tech giant's headquarters in Redmond, Washington.

Providence St. Joseph Health, a nonprofit Catholic health system based in Renton, Washington, announced a partnership Monday with Microsoft that the organizations say will help to transform the clinical care experience through emerging technology.

The partnership calls for the health system to deploy cloud-based and artificial intelligence solutions at a Seattle hospital facility near Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond to "enable modern clinical and operational experiences for both patients and providers," according to the announcement.

Over the longer term, the stated goal is to roll innovations out across the entire health system, which operates 51 hospitals and other care sites across seven states.

Rod Hochman, MD, president and CEO of Providence St. Joseph Health, said in a statement that this partnership will continue the health system's journey toward healthcare transformation that makes the world a better place.

"We're excited to accelerate that journey by collaborating with Microsoft," Hochman said. "Together, we'll support doctors, nurses and all caregivers by equipping them with innovative tools and technology that make it easier to do the vitally important work of improving lives."

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the partnership will bring together the clinical expertise of a large and respected health system with the technological prowess of a Silicon Valley giant.

"Our ambition is to accelerate Providence St. Joseph Health's digital transformation and to build new innovations together that are designed to improve health care delivery and outcomes," Nadella said in the statement.

The partnership calls for the health system to use Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud computing platform. It also calls for the health system to have all of its 119,000 caregivers use Microsoft products for their day-to-day business and communications.

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Steven Porter is an associate content manager and Strategy editor for HealthLeaders, a Simplify Compliance brand.


KEY TAKEAWAYS

The goal is to scale innovative solutions across the health system as part of the organizations' pursuit of transformation.

The partnership calls for the health system to use Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud computing platform.


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