While an overall theme of the Microsoft Connected Health Conference was meaningful use, a second theme was relationships and the many forms they take. Whether between Microsoft and partners, vendors and clients, health providers and patients, patients and their data and different permutations of all of these, relationships are the glue.
The Direct Project, which specifies a simple, secure, scalable, standards-based way for participants to send authenticated, encrypted health information directly to known, trusted recipients over the Internet, and the addition of dicom image capabilities to HealthVault were also featured.
Healthcare analytics was another big topic as providers start to look towards how to leverage the data stored in their EMR, and the need to be able to accurately analyze their data in a timely manner to make critical financial, clinical or operational decisions. In talking with attendees, they were increasingly looking for data warehousing and reporting solutions, the ability to analyze and report on clinical data, and to access and report on data across disparate systems. The Perficient team highlighted some of the clinical outcomes reporting work completed with Texas Children’s Hospital leveraging Microsoft SQL Server. You can read about it here, as told by Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer.