D-H Partnership with Microsoft Looks to Revolutionize Health Care
We’re dedicated to creating a different world. A world in which healthcare takes place outside clinic and hospital walls, in the places where people live. That’s the right answer.Dr. Jim Weinstein
In Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s quest to create a sustainable health system, to improve the lives of the people and communities we serve for generations to come, we’re continually seeking new ways to deliver care and partners to join us in this journey. At a February, 2015, retreat, Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Board of Trustees endorsed four directions for our system, one of which was to “continue to evolve an innovation resource to improve population health while cultivating industry and other partnerships where these might enhance our strategies.” Now comes news of an innovation that involves a significant industry partner, and could be a major step in D-H’s efforts to create that sustainable health system.
On Tuesday, July 14, D-H CEO and President Dr. Jim Weinstein took part in the initial public presentation of D-H’s “ImagineCare” a highly coordinated, intensely personalized solution that encompasses physical, mental and emotional health, as part of Microsoft’s Worldwide Partners Conference in Orlando, FL.
Weinstein was invited by Barb Edson, Microsoft’s General Manager for IoT Cloud Services, to help demonstrate ImagineCare as part of the rollout of Microsoft’s new “Cortana Analytics” cloud computing service, which will house, process, and analyze data from ImagineCare devices provided to D-H patients. ImagineCare is expected to roll out this fall.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella believes this work to be one of Microsoft's most important projects and wishes to have it shared with their worldwide partners, noted Weinstein. During a brief meeting at the conference, Nadella invited Weinstein and D-H to work with several Microsoft teams going forward.
D-H’s goal is to provide this technology platform to health organizations across the country, changing the way people interact with the healthcare system by putting them at the center — and ultimately changing the way we all think about our health.
“The current healthcare system asks a patient to come to us when it’s convenient for us,” says Dr. Ethan Berke, medical director for Clinical Design and Innovation at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. “We asked, ‘how can we meet a patient where they are? Instead of being a reactive health system, how can we become a proactive health system?’”
ImagineCare is seen as one of the ways to operationalize D-H’s goal of population health management and become that proactive health system. The October launch of ImagineCare will focus, under the leadership of Executive Vice President and Chief Population Health Management OfficerDr. Rob Greene, on D-H’s ACO and employee populations, where significant progress has been made in care coordination and quality improvements, as the patient base. Microsoft is interested in following some of their own employees as well.
“We’re dedicated to creating a different world,” says Weinstein. “A world in which healthcare takes place outside clinic and hospital walls, in the places where people live. That’s the right answer.”