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Microsoft helps Providence St Joseph Health transform

Steve Rogerson
July 23, 2019
Microsoft and US not-for-profit health service provider Providence St Joseph Health have announced a multi-year alliance to accelerate the digital transformation of health care. The alliance will combine the power of Microsoft’s cloud, artificial intelligence (AI), research capabilities and collaboration tools with the provider’s clinical expertise and care environments.
The two organisations will develop a portfolio of integrated services designed to improve health outcomes and reduce the total cost of care by combining technologies from Microsoft with Providence St Joseph Health’s data and clinical expertise.
The alliance aims to accelerate the health care industry’s adoption of the cloud and enable data-driven clinical and operational decision-making by leveraging Microsoft Azure, and industry interoperability standards such as FHIR, to integrate siloed data sources in a cloud environment that enables security and compliance.
Providence St Joseph Health will deploy technologies from Microsoft and its partners at a Providence St Joseph Health-affiliated hospital facility in Seattle, Washington, near Microsoft’s Redmond headquarters. This site will enable modern clinical and operational experiences for patients and providers. The goal will be to scale these innovations across the entire Providence St Joseph Health system, in a transformation that will bring innovations to more communities.
“Providence St Joseph Health has been on a journey to transform health care and achieve a vision of health for a better world,” said Rod Hochman, president and CEO of Providence St Joseph Health. “We’re excited to accelerate that journey by collaborating with Microsoft. Together, we’ll support doctors, nurses and all caregivers by equipping them with innovative tools and technology that make it easier to do the vitally important work of improving lives.”
As part of the alliance, Providence St Joseph Health will use Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud platform and standardise productivity and collaboration tools for its 119,000 caregivers on Microsoft 365, and will continue to improve and support patient engagement using technologies including Dynamics 365.
Providence St Joseph Health doctors and nurses will use Microsoft Teams, which is part of the Microsoft 365 platform, for more secure communications and collaboration, enabling them to bring together chat, video meetings and conferencing, and line-of-business applications into a single hub.
“Our alliance with Providence St Joseph Health brings together the expertise of one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the country with the power of Azure, Microsoft 365 and Dynamics 365,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “Our ambition is to accelerate Providence St Joseph Health’s digital transformation and to build new innovations together that are designed to improve health care delivery and outcomes.”
Providence St Joseph Health is a national, not-for-profit Catholic health system comprising a diverse family of organisations and driven by a belief that health is a human right. With 51 hospitals, 829 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and many other health and educational services, the health system and its partners employ more than 119,000 caregivers serving communities across seven states – Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington with system offices in Renton, Washington, and Irvine, California.