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Microsoft launches digital health service through MDLive and Skype

Steve Rogerson
April 28, 2015
 

Microsoft is collaborating with Chicago-based MDLive to bring consumers a digital health experience through Skype for Business. This makes MDLive the first company to deliver digital health services to millions of healthcare consumers through the Skype platform.

The collaboration follows Microsoft's acquisition of Skype and launch of Skype for Business, which offers MDLive patients a secure and seamless digital health experience.

"We are excited to work with Microsoft to marry one of the best known and most secure video chat and voice call platforms with a world class network of physicians ready to deliver exceptional care to patients anywhere," said Randy Parker, chief executive officer of MDLive. "This collaboration makes MDLive's highly secure service even stronger."
 
Skype for Business is integrated into the Microsoft Office suite, making video and voice messaging accessible for all users. By offering enterprise-level security, the redesigned platform brings high levels of security and privacy to the digital health experience.
 
"In MDLive we see a true partner, one that understands and can deliver on the vision of transforming the healthcare experience for consumers anywhere there is an internet connection," said Dennis Schmuland, chief health strategy officer for Microsoft. “We are thrilled to bring the promise of telehealth to millions of patients through Skype for Business.”
 
Today, 20 million Americans get some part of their healthcare remotely, and that number will grow as such services are normalised in hospitals, workplaces and households across the nation. As more consumers embrace the benefits of virtual care, the highest level of network security, a seamless user experience and the best standard in clinical care will be essential. The collaboration between MDLive and Microsoft claims to help deliver on those expectations through a first-of-its-kind digital health experience.
 
As part of its collaboration, Microsoft will offer Surface Pro Tablets to deliver MDLive's digital health experience and launch the MDLive app for the Windows Phone.