Healthcare Intelligent System Proof of Concept Demoed; U.S. Department of VA and Microsoft Signs Five-year Enterprise Agreement; Awards Top-Performing Dynamics Partners

Microsoft's Windows Embedded team, Microsoft Innovation Center in Torino, Italy, and Microsoft HealthVault have collaborated with Freescale and Kontron developed an intelligent system proof of concept that seamlessly connects the Freescale home health hub reference platform, FDA-certified panel PCs, servers and in-home medical devices. "The system enables patients to automatically relay medical data from devices […]

Microsoft's Windows Embedded team, Microsoft Innovation Center in Torino, Italy, and Microsoft HealthVault have collaborated with Freescale and Kontron developed an intelligent system proof of concept that seamlessly connects the Freescale home health hub reference platform, FDA-certified panel PCs, servers and in-home medical devices.

"The system enables patients to automatically relay medical data from devices to physicians or family members via the cloud, connecting a touch-screen information display in the home, devices such as blood pressure monitors and glucose monitors, and medical data systems located at a hospital or a physician's office," Microsoft posted.

"A physician can review information and provide feedback directly to the patient: for example, an updated prescription, advice on how to manage new symptoms or a recommendation to come in for an examination," explains Microsoft.

Family members or caregivers can access the shared information through HealthVault on a Windows Phone or other Internet-enabled mobile device, enabling them to keep track of their loved ones' health when they can't be present.

The application was developed for both the mobile application that runs on Windows Phone 7 and the panel PC used at the hospital. "Freescale developed the home health hub reference platform and the project architecture. Kontron developed the flat-panel PCs running Windows Embedded Standard 7, as well as the KISS Server running Windows Embedded Server," Microsoft wrote.

Healthcare Intelligent System Proof of Concept

In other Microsoft news,

With the goal of strengthening its technology investment to transform healthcare, benefits and other services for America's veterans,

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Microsoft has renewed Enterprise Agreement for five-years.

"The comprehensive agreement gives the VA access to all Microsoft's current and emerging technologies, including Windows 7, Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012, SharePoint 2010, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, System Center 2012, Bing Maps, the full suite of Microsoft Visual Studio developer tools, and numerous other products and services, spanning from the desktop to the datacenter and including mobile devices," Microsoft states.

On the desktop, the agency is aggressively migrating to Windows 7 and Office 2010 and will have access to future versions of Windows for its desktop environment.

The VA is also a "participant in the Windows 8 early adopter program" and, according to De Sanno, "the VA is excited about the potential that the Windows 8 platform brings to the mobility."

The VA has one of the largest technology systems in the US with approximately 6,300 IT employees, 175 datacenters, approximately 400,000 desktop computers and more than 100,000 mobile devices.

Finally, at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) 2012 in Toronto on July 11, Microsoft honored the 10 strongest-performing Microsoft Dynamics partners for demonstrating significant customer impact by developing and delivering innovation solutions that help customers drive their businesses forward.

"More than 294 partners worldwide submitted nominations for their solutions, and award winners and finalists were selected from this group based on their innovative use of Microsoft Dynamics to deliver strategic and valuable solutions that meet diverse customer needs," Microsoft wrote.