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Tampa General Hospital is making a big step forward in the advancement of healthcare:
We're moving to the cloud!
This may not be a medical breakthrough, but it's significant, because communication and collaboration is as the heart of everything we do. Our doctors, nurses, medical and administrative staff rely on technology to do great work every day, and we're bringing the tools we use up a notch. In the process, we'll improve our overall productivity, and in doing so, lower our overall IT costs. This really impacts our core vision - which is to bring world-class healthcare to Tampa-area residents.
The cloud is making this happen, because many of the technology tools used by businesses are available now as a service. We can take advantage of the best productivity solutions on the market - things like Microsoft Office, SharePoint, Exchange, and Lync - in a way that works for our business. Better yet, we can leave the details of deployment, maintenance and ongoing IT support to Microsoft.
Our hospital serves more than 4 million people in the Tampa region, so we're also one of the largest hospitals in Florida. Just a short while ago, we faced an expensive update of our IBM Lotus Notes legacy e-mail and business application platform. At the same time, we had several IT projects underway, designed to improve our healthcare records. Something had to give. We needed to streamline our everyday IT operations, so that we can focus on our core business-providing health care to thousands in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area.
Before choosing Microsoft, our IT team completed an extensive review of Microsoft's security policies, certifications and data security qualifications. Through our audits, it became clear Microsoft offered a highly secure environment, which surpassed anything we could build in our own data center.
Our ultimate decision to use Microsoft represents more than a switch to Exchange hosted e-mail. We will also roll out the full suite of Microsoft communications and collaboration services, including SharePoint Online and Lync Online, in the coming months.
Tampa General Hospital's physicians, nurses and support staff are on the go often, and they want the ability to work wherever they are, no matter what PC, browser, or device they're using. In the end, this improves the quality of our health care, and with the full suite of Microsoft cloud apps, we will be able to accomplish this goal. That's cloud power!
Technology Architect, Tampa General
Editor's Note: For more information about this announcement and the other companies joining the cloud with Microsoft Online Services, please check out today's press release.
Exciting news today as several new customers announced their move to the cloud with Microsoft Online
Wish someone would have come up with a different work to cloud. If people are hitting our own internal OWA site from China, how is that different tohitting a Office 365 server in China...
What progress are you making with your Inpatient and Ambulatory EHR systems.?? That's where the real progress needs to take place.
Congratulations on your move to the Office365 Cloud platform.
I have worked in the Hospital industry in the Tampa Bay area for over 20 years and the features Office356 offers will have a huge benefit not only for productivity but improving communications as well.
It really is a "people" business.
How did you move to 365 when it isn't released?
@Phil - Key phrase is "in the coming months". Besides they can move to BPOS now and transition later.
@GPITMAN - Granted that no network is secure but some are much much safer than others. The difference is the security layers. What you have implemented cannot compare to what such Microsoft datacenters have in place. Attaining those federal and third party IT security certifications is no joke, I bet you did not have any of those. Your internal OWA must have been just sitting behind a single Cisco or Sonicwall firewall. Anyway, I am unsure what your point is, are you saying there is no point for cloud services to exist?
@Barrie - Yes, although I know MS Amalga is in the cloud, I am unsure about the details behind MS HealthVault but I would love to see it in the cloud but it should not be a thing getting it to work on-premise hospital equipment that really only needs to interface with a local computer to get information to the cloud.
@GPITMAN - I'm not sure I understand your statement however techieg answered it well. There are many reasons as to why we would move to the cloud for services such as this. There is no reason not to.
@Barrie - We're making terrific progress. We have an amazing strategy which is well defined. This isn't simply about changing an email client. It's allowing every person, clinical and business, to be instantly accessible at all times and be contacted how they want to be contacted. It's allowing them instant and seamless access to absolutely everything they need to perform their jobs from any device from anywhere. It's about so much more. Why wouldn't a solid communication and collaboration strategy be at the foundation of EHR?
I fail to see the professionalism in a commitment to implement a product that has not been even released yet. Especially something like Sharepoint. My previous experience is that , the number of things you can't do with it will exceed the number of things you can actually do. Such a wasted potential.
I am hoping for the best anyway.
@Techieg and Shane: thanks for answering these questions.
@Martin: SharePoint is released, and has been available since 2007. The SharePoint Online product is just a transition of this software to a service, not an entirely new product.
A new way to increase office productivity relates to the design of your workspace. If you keep it open with modular furniture you can significantly increase employee collaboration. You can count on employees sharing their ideas when you open your office.
Written by Steve Aylward, General Manager, US Commercial Health & Life Sciences, Microsoft
The Microsoft Office 365 release on June 28, 2011 has stimulated much curiosity and speculation on the