The recent announcements at MS Ignite around MS Teams were amazing, to see the full post, please read here, but I wanted to call out a few features that are revolutionary for Health Providers.
First off, I know many Health Providers are still asking the question, is MS Teams and Office 365 really secure enough for PHI Data? So I wanted to provide some statistics on how MS Teams is growing to help you feel confident about using MS Teams for clinical collaboration. Take the plunge and join the rest of us in changing the way our clinicians are collaborating around patient care.
Teams is on a roll and is growing in usage every day - Thanks to you!
Allow clinicians to be more productive with powerful new tools for meetings while staying compliant
We announced at Ignite new capabilities to help you stay productive and connected throughout the meeting lifecycle.
Empower clinical workers with real time schedule updates and shift notifications
MS Teams now has new features that clinical workers or any firstline worker can start taking advantage of today.
Home and Shifts features will be available soon in Teams. As we make Teams the hub for teamwork for employees in every role, Microsoft StaffHub was retired on October 1, 2019. Learn more here.
Consolidate Clinician Applications
If you are looking to consolidate the applications your clinicians have to learn or that you have to manage then this is for you. Now with two new secure messaging features with particular relevance in healthcare - image annotation, now generally available, and priority notifications, which will roll out by the end of this year to all Teams commercial customers. These capabilities support HIPAA compliance, and enable clinicians to communicate about patients while avoiding the privacy risks that arise when healthcare professionals use consumer chat apps.
We’ve also launched a private preview of care coordination to coordinate patient care, host meetings, and connect the extensible Microsoft 365 platform with Electronic Health Records.
Coordinate patient care using a secure platform
Teams Developer Platform Enhancements
In order to improve the Teams experience for developers, we are announcing the general availability of Adaptive Cards, which provide rich, interactive, and flexible card system that works across Teams, Outlook, Windows, and Cortana.
As shown at Microsoft Build 2018 Adaptive Cards can be used to search and find date in your HER or Supply Chain management system. Clinicians can have powerful data at their fingertips within a few clicks by using the power of MS Teams Developer Planform. For more information on Adaptive Cards see this video.
Secure your data and try the new time-saving tools for admins
Make Information security, Legal and Compliance happy while allowing your users to work confidently knowing that sensitive data is protected
Data Loss Prevention (DLP) in Teams will enable you to identify, monitor, and automatically protect sensitive information. With DLP, you can soon create policies directly from the Security and Compliance Center to prevent sensitive information – credit card numbers, social security numbers, or health records – from being shared or leaking unintentionally. Policies will apply to both messages shared in private chat and channel conversations. Files that are shared in channels and private chats will be covered by SharePoint and OneDrive for Business DLP policies. User messages that contain the specified sensitive information will be blocked based on the DLP policy you create with options for the sender to override and send the message and/or report false positives. Stay tuned for more details.
SCC Policy configuration
Sender messaging experience on Teams client
There are many other great items that were announced at MS Ignite just a few short weeks ago, I wanted to call out the ones that can really empower our Health Providers to use these great tools while meeting your primary objectives of, enabling your clinicians to provide the best patient care possible.
I hope you enjoyed this post, please be sure to follow the Microsoft Health and Life Science Blog for more great content.
You must be a registered user to add a comment. If you've already registered, sign in. Otherwise, register and sign in.