Last month, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) announced a partnership with Microsoft to implement their cutting-edge technology to improve treatment as well as functionality for physicians.
Dr. Steven D. Shapiro, chief medical and scientific officer of UPMC, spoke to the benefits of the partnership:
Despite UPMC’s efforts to stay on the leading edge of technology, too often our clinicians and patients feel as though they’re serving the technology rather than the other way around. With Microsoft, we have a shared vision of empowering clinicians by reducing the burden of electronic ‘paperwork’ and allowing the doctor to focus on the sacred doctor-patient relationship.
In many ways, the focus on improving doctor/patient interactions will itself improve patient engagement. The more effective a physician is in communicating and working with a patient, as opposed to spending the entire appointment entering information into an EHR, the more likely that patient will actively engage in their own treatment.
The new technologies that are developed through the partnership will be implemented and tested at UPMC first, before potentially being adopted by other hospitals and health systems.