HIT Consultant July 30, 2021
In April, software giant Microsoft made a lot of headlines announcing its multibillion-dollar acquisition of Nuance, the cloud-based clinical intelligence developer best known to healthcare providers for its Dragon and PowerScribe speech-recognition products.
Business analysts and reporters zeroed in on impressive financial details and utilization potential for “ambient AI” technologies in health settings. But more than anything, the deal shows how serious Microsoft is about its healthcare IT ambitions — and how central its Azure cloud service is to those goals.
Long before the acquisition news (or even the launch of Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare last year), Microsoft has been aggressively investing in making its Azure cloud computing service attractive to healthcare for hosting, building, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services. It’s worth noting...