Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH), one of the nation’s largest health systems, announced today that it will enter into a multi-year strategic alliance with Microsoft that will enable PSJH to bring new solutions to the market to address clinical and operational needs, which will ultimately streamline and improve the patient and caregiver experience. This alliance will result in an innovative facility that will showcase cloud technology, AI and data, and analytics to increase the chances of more successful treatment.
Developing a Portfolio of Integrated Healthcare Solutions
As part of the strategic alliance, the two organizations will develop a portfolio of integrated solutions 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 will 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 like FHIR, to integrate siloed data sources in a cloud environment that enables security and compliance.
Pilot Site at Providence St. Joseph Health-Affiliated Hospital
Providence St. Joseph Health will deploy next-generation solutions and emerging technologies from Microsoft and its partners at a Providence St. Joseph Health-affiliated hospital facility in Seattle, Wash., near Microsoft’s Redmond headquarters. This site will enable modern clinical and operational experiences for both 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 innovative and necessary solutions to more communities.
Microsoft Azure Preferred Cloud Platform for Deployment
As part of the strategic alliance, Providence St. Joseph Health will use Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud platform and standardize 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 communication and collaboration, enabling them to bring together chat, video meetings and conferencing, and line-of-business applications into a single hub.
Microsoft Alliance Will Fully Modernize Providence St. Joseph IT Solutions
“Providence St. Joseph Health has been on a journey to transform health care and achieve a vision of health for a better world. 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,” said Rod Hochman, M.D., president and CEO of Providence St. Joseph Health.
“Providence St. Joseph Health is in the middle of broad transformation, and the alliance with Microsoft will help us fully modernize our IT solutions, bringing the power and flexibility of the cloud to an industry that has traditionally lagged behind in modernizing its technology,” said BJ Moore, executive vice president, and chief information officer for Providence St. Joseph Health.