Thursday, September 13, 2012

Singapore - Microsoft sees growing demand for medical software solutions

SINGAPORE: Microsoft Corp posted record fourth quarter and yearly revenues this fiscal year, and Microsoft Health is one of its fastest growing businesses.

Microsoft Health has over 160,000 healthcare customers worldwide. It has over 20,000 partners selling its healthcare solution technologies.

Microsoft Health said Asia is growing as one of the fastest software markets.

Neil Jordan, general manager for Worldwide Health, Microsoft, said: "Well, in Asia we see that the overall software market potential is about $3.6 to 3.7 billion, in the next year or so. It's growing as one of the fastest markets, growing at about 7 per cent or 8 per cent."

Microsoft Health is developing cutting edge technology that is transforming the healthcare sector.

Tapping into the popularity of mobile applications, Microsoft Health is now innovating for patients to manage their health information using their handphones.

For example, Windows Phone users can use Microsoft's HealthVault phone application to access and manage their personal medical records from their smartphones while on the go.

It is also working with Asian governments to provide cloud computing technologies, to help store and sort healthcare information in a secure manner.

It said demand for better data analytics is also a key growth driver.

Its technological innovations are also helping to change the way hospitals are run.

Mr Jordan said: "Tablets are really across the medical environment. Being able to do that, in a way that is highly enterprise-secure and ready, is going to be vital. And we think (with) the launch of Windows 8, which is coming out later this year, we're really going to step forward, both in the usability, control and safety of these devices, in hospitals and with health workers."

- CNA/cc

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