Microsoft brings two significant players on board to further transform healthcare
Microsoft has recently revealed that it is set to approach the growing complexities across the healthcare industry through and advance its position with the appointment of two key figures to Microsoft Healthcare.
Responsible for driving innovation and accelerating new health initiatives Jim Weinstein has been appointed to Vice President, Head of Innovation and Health Equity. Joshua Mandel will also become Chief Architect at Microsoft Healthcare.
Exploring technologies, such as artificial intelligence and cloud computing through its Healthcare NExT (New Experiences and Technologies) initiatives, Microsoft Health will continue to build new tools and solutions to empower clinical staff and enhance the patient experience.
Weinstein will work alongside Peter Lee, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft Healthcare, to drive the company’s strategic vision.
“Weinstein is a widely respected visionary, author, surgeon and leader in the future of healthcare delivery who has advised three administrations on healthcare policy,” Lee has said.
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Driving communication and collaboration with partners and customers, Mandel will work to build Microsoft’s open cloud architecture. With a background, both as a physician and software architect, and with past roles at Verily (under Google), Mandel will “develop next-generation standards for healthcare data interoperability,” Lee has stated.
“Jim and Josh join us at an exciting time, as healthcare processes undergo a digital transformation. This transformation has created a wealth of healthcare data that has potential to help identify diseases earlier, create and improve treatments and improve the lives of patients across the globe.
“At Microsoft, we’re confident that many aspects of the IT foundations for healthcare will move from on-premise doctors’ offices and clinics to live in the cloud.”
Developing a new cloud architecture will support clinical teams and encourage secure data sharing, providing a seamless, connected experience and ensuring positive patient outcomes. It will also work to support researchers to develop new drugs, in compliance with all regulatory standards.
Whilst Microsoft continues to invest in a number of digital health projects, such as Microsoft Genomics, its partnership with Great Ormond Street, London, as well as Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and Adaptive Biotechnologies as part of its NExT initiative, Google has placed significant investment in healthcare through its subsidiaries DeepMind, Verily and Calico.
On the rise: Jack Nathan Health
Canadian healthcare company Jack Nathan Medical Corp has announced a major expansion in Mexico, with the opening of 153 new medical clinics in Walmart stores under the brand name Jack Nathan Health.
The company say these will be located in areas that would benefit from increased medical services, which will include telemedicine options and family health.
This is the company's largest expansion since it was founded in 2006, and will give Jack Nathan Health a significant presence as a healthcare provider in Mexico, bringing the company's total clinics to the Central American country to 203.
Leading healthcare in Canada
Jack Nathan Medical Corp is one of Canada’s largest healthcare networks, providing primary, dental and urgent care. Thanks to its partnership with Walmart Canada, it operates clinics in 76 Walmart stores across the country.
A key part of the company's strategy is the use of technology to drive patient and practitioner engagement. Its online platform offers e-prescribing, patient scheduling and a virtual consultation service, which was developed quickly to enable access to healthcare professionals during the pandemic, as well as COVID-19 screening.
In November 2020 the company appointed digital health expert Serge Cinelli as its new Chief Technology Officer, to help roll out Jack Nathan's proprietary technology. Following this, in January this year it acquired Writi, a software firm.
Revolutionising healthcare with technology
Writi's Virtual Healthcare solution is a cloud-based medication-management platform aimed at elderly care providers, and is available on mobile devices and web platforms. It is used by TELUS Health among others, the health division of one of Canada's largest telecommunications companies.
The acquisition of Writi formed part of Jack Nathan Health's technology roadmap, which includes bringing hospital-quality care to the home.
As well as trading on the Toronto Venture Stock Exchange, earlier this year Jack Nathan began trading shares on the OTCQB, a leading American market for early stage and developing companies.
Commenting on the recent expansion throughout Mexico, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer George Barakat said: "Jack Nathan Health, in partnership with Walmart, is now positioning itself to become the largest physician serviced healthcare network in Mexico.
"We believe that we are going to revolutionise healthcare as we embark on this historic growth phase.”