Unlocking innovative at-home patient care solutions with Azure


Written by Rajya Bhaiya, MedTech Director, Health and Life Science Cloud + Data at Microsoft


This post was co-authored by Stuart Bailey, Product Director, Capita Healthcare Decisions


This blog is part of a series in collaboration with our partners and customers leveraging the newly announced Azure Health Data Services. Azure Health Data Services, a platform as a service (PaaS) offering designed exclusively to support Protected Health Information (PHI) in the cloud is a new way of working with unified data—providing care teams with a platform to support both transactional and analytical workloads from the same data store and enabling cloud computing to transform how we develop and deliver AI across the healthcare ecosystem.


As pressures on the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom continue to grow, so does the need for safe and effective home health care. Head Home is a remote patient monitoring (RPM) solution that looks to streamline current at-home care for patients and their health and care professionals.


The NHS is currently experiencing the most severe pressures it has in its 70-year history, with an already strained system being stretched beyond its limits by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.1 In hospitals, the number of general and acute beds available has been declining since 20102, and it has been estimated that up to 15 percent of beds are being used by people waiting for care3. Finding innovative ways to relieve these pressures remain critical in supporting the NHS’ recovery.


To find solutions to this challenge, a key area to address is facilitating more efficient patient discharge and at-home care. Patient surveys have long shown that most older people prefer to receive care at home, and recent research by the University of Oxford has found that this may improve patient outcomes and satisfaction, while simultaneously helping to reduce hospital pressures.4 This approach is known as “hospital-at-home” and its use has been accelerated by the pandemic.


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