Microsoft advances into radiology with new cloud-based medical imaging server

Tech giant Microsoft is inching further into the radiology space with a new medical imaging server solution, the company announced recently.

The Redmond, Washington-based firm unveiled its new Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare offering on Oct. 28. Part of this new solution includes the company’s cloud-based DICOM server which can be used alongside Microsoft’s Azure programming interface for fast healthcare interoperability.

Healthcare systems can utilize this tool to merge clinical health information with imaging files and perform tasks that are difficult and expensive to complete with current “on-premises” systems.

Radiologist and Corporate VP of Microsoft Health Next, Gregory Moore, MD, PhD, said imaging makes up 74% of all medical data and may contain clues to “connect the dots” for detecting diseases and guiding treatment strategies.

“As a radiologist, I am excited to see the development of Microsoft’s imaging server,” Moore said in an Oct. 28 announcement.

Microsoft has been wading deeper into healthcare territory in recent months, including a $40 million artificial intelligence initiative launched in January to tackle issues such as biomedical data-sharing and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

In September, the tech leader also publicized a partnership with Nuance on a voice-recognition solution that automatically takes notes during virtual visits and makes them available immediately afterward.

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