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Real-world examples of instant care collaboration with Rapid Circle

Care team communication and collaboration has always been vital to patient care. But it’s even more critical today as health services delivery becomes more complex. Often, multiple providers are involved and care extends outside of clinics and hospitals to people’s homes.

The patient safety ramifications of poor care team communication are highlighted in the IDC white paper “The Mobile Professional in Healthcare: Improving Care Team Collaboration through Unified Communication and Collaboration (UC&C).” It also points out that health professionals use an average of three devices during their workday and need tools that work seamlessly across those devices. One of the key findings in the paper is that health organizations are increasingly taking advantage of cloud services to address these challenges and improve care team collaboration, while saving money.

Indeed, today’s cloud and mobile technologies make it easier than ever to coordinate health services across organizations and communities—and deliver patient-centric care.

Patient-centered collaboration can now start even before the patient arrives at a hospital or clinic. For example, a regional ambulance service in Austria is using a solution from icomedias to capture patient data on tablets and share it in real time so that hospital staff can know the patient’s emergency condition prior to arrival. Whereas before emergency medical personnel had to fill out up to 600 fields on paper forms, they can now use touch, voice, or pen capabilities to quickly capture field notes. They can also take pictures of a patient wound, for example, and it will be instantly integrated into their report.

“The emergency medical service is about saving lives in extremely critical situations—every second counts,” says Klaus Pessenbacher, Chief Physician MD and Head of Emergency Medical Services, Federal State Government of Styria, Austria. “Using the mobile solution HYBRID.FORMS by icomedias, we document all measures taken in a reliable, legally compliant, and quick way. By replacing paper with digital forms, essential information can be sent to the hospital before the patient arrives. Forms automation reduces risks, saves money, and we gain more time for our core life-saving tasks.”

Another great example of a mobile solution for improving care team collaboration and productivity comes from Rapid Circle. With its solution, health professionals can have their own personal home page that’s consistent and adapts across all their devices. Rather than having to open up a bunch of different applications to do their work, health professionals can see their text, voice, and email messages on their customized home page. They can see the status of their patients, shift handoff notes, the availability of specialists, and more. They can even create their own apps to help with things like exchanging work shifts. All of this makes it faster and easier for care teams to work together and stay up to date on patients’ conditions and needs.

These are just a few examples of the exciting ways that health organizations and technology vendors are taking advantage of today’s mobile and cloud technologies to make it easier for health professionals to collaborate in real time—with the ultimate result being patient-centered care. Check out more customer stories and Microsoft partners.

And stay tuned for my next blog in the coming weeks, which will share some great examples of another crucial element of care coordination: patient empowerment.

In the meantime, please feel free to share your own care team communication story via email,Facebook, or Twitter. Please also let us know if you have any questions or comments.

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Written by Christian Maranitsch Published on September 18th 2015 on Microsoft Health blog

Rapid Circle wins again! Cloud Partner of the Year

After winning the worldwide ‘Health Partner of the Year’ award from Microsoft we also received the ‘Cloud Partner of the Year’ award for the Dutch healthcare sector. Andre Piso, Health & Local Government Lead from Microsoft Netherlands handed over the award to Wilco Turnhout.  With this annual awards Microsoft wants to express their appreciation for all Dutch partners who developed special or innovative solutions for the healthcare industry based on Microsoft technology. The Microsoft Health Partner awards are awarded in 5 categories: Innovator of the Year, System Integrator of the Year, Solution Partner of the Year, Licensing Partner of the Year en Cloud partner of the Year. We also want to congratulate the other award winners – Wortell, Caase.com, ChipSoft and Agile Software.

The reason that Rapid Circle won this ‘Cloud Partner of the Year’ award is because of our express choice for Office 365, Cloud and Microsoft Azure. Our clear ‘Cloud first’ strategy at our customers, but also in our marketing and PR.

Rapid Circle wins “European Microsoft Cloud First Partner Healthcare” award

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Rapid Circle has been chosen as the winner of the ‘European Microsoft Cloud First Partner Healthcare’ award at the ‘EU Health Innovation Event’ in Brussel. We are very proud that Microsoft sees us as one of the most important partners for working with the Microsoft Cloud for healthcare. Microsoft: “We recognize Rapid Circle for leading the cloud business in Europe.”  WP_20141209_21_03_22_Pro

For Rapid Circle is Cloud a very important part of our vision and strategy. We believe that the Microsoft Cloud is an important platform for innovation and better healthcare. We are dedicated to the Microsoft Cloud for the last 5 years, to reach our goals: Innovative, user friendly and cross-application app’s. We are very proud that our method and focus on Cloud are recommended with this award.

Microsoft says that our creativity, the way we speak the language of our customers and all of our work for lots of healthcare organizations in and around the Netherlands brought us the award for ‘European Microsoft First Partner Healthcare’. With this we serve as a model for Europe, regarding migrating to the cloud and knowing what is relevant for cloud adoption.