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Using Office 365 Virtual Health Templates with Skype for Business

Delivering good quality health care to all citizens at an affordable cost should be the ultimate objective of every healthcare provider. However, a host of complex and competing issues such as special or self- interest, if involved can pause the progress or any breakthrough in this domain. Innovation is the key here! Finding and developing innovative ways to service and connect to patients and care teams can help in the long run. As such, Microsoft has come up with a solution that extends Skype for Business as a platform for virtual healthcare.

Skype for Business Linkage with Healthcare System

Open Source Office 365 Virtual Health Templates accelerate development of virtual health care systems. It is based on office 365 and Skype for Business that enable healthcare providers to securely communicate and collaborate in real-time with patients anywhere.

Shown below is a sample web page included in Office 365 Virtual Health Templates for accessing schedules and links for both, healthcare providers and patients.

Office 365 Virtual Health Templates

Using the above-shown scheduling template, the healthcare provider can integrate the Office 365 Calendar, SharePoint or other scheduling systems in your portal so that patients and healthcare providers can book appointments.

One can customize the fields that a patient is required to fill for seeking an appointment and the reason for the same.

The templates include code that leverages Microsoft bot framework so that patient can book a meeting by interacting with an automated chat assistant in your preferred language.

You have the freedom to configure the chat assistant using a variety of consumer channel and apps, like Skype, Facebook, SMS, etc.

The appointment immediately gets added to the scheduling system and calendar.

You can also configure the solutions in ‘Send Patients Customizable Skype for Business meeting’ invitation to patients so they can join appointments right from their inbox on any supported device. Patients are not required to have Skype for Business account to join virtual consultations.

If a doctor requires collecting more or some additional information about a patient’s condition before a meeting, he can include a questionnaire for the patient to complete.

When the patient joins the appointment, he is placed in a virtual waiting room and provider receives a notification that the patient has arrived.

Providers can join consultations from the web page on any device. The templates enable a private and secure Skype for Business video call. With built-in Skype for Business chat capabilities, providers can privately collaborate with other care team members while having virtual consultations.

This is how Office 365 Virtual Health Templates, powered by Skype for Business can help health care providers to get a head-start in virtual healthcare solutions. To get started download, Office 365 Virtual Health templates from GitHub.

Today, scores of people do not currently have sufficient access to healthcare services. But the advancement of telehealth technology, can break down barriers that exist around the world, and reduce rising medical costs as a result. Microsoft’s Skype for Business just manages to be at the forefront of this trend.

Microsoft Office 365 Virtual Health Templates can provide patients the ability to share medical data with healthcare providers remotely. Key customers and partners are already seeing the benefits of these templates. This includes,

  1. GE Healthcare
  2. RingMD
  3. Cambio
  4. CareFlow

Virtual visits are a way for patients to meet with their physician from anywhere. Remote patient monitoring has proven extremely effective in treating cancer and in helping reach vulnerable populations. Telehealth can also help with the management of chronic conditions by making preventative care more accessible. For more visit office.com.