Microsoft showcased a string of important new updates and features for its Teams Collaboration app at the Virtual Ignite 2020 conference. These not only included user facing features such as new Together Mode backgrounds but also Teams Management capabilities that are useful for IT professionals. Here, let’s take a look at some of the Microsoft Teams features and updates coming out of Microsoft Ignite 2020:
1. New together Mode Scenes in Meetings
The feeling of isolation when working remotely can sometimes hamper productivity. Because of this, the new Together Mode scenes is designed to help participants feel closer together even when joining remotely. Using this feature, you can transport your team to a variety of settings thereby setting the tone and create good experiences for the meetings. The new together mode scenes are coming this calendar year.
2. Custom Layouts for Content
Custom layouts are designed for dynamic content viewing and providing immersive experiences for participants during the meetings. Through custom layouts in Microsoft teams, the participants will be able to see the presenter’s video feed transposed onto the foreground of the slide they are showing. These new layouts will be available later this year on Teams.
3. Meeting recap
Microsoft is elevating how participants keep a track of the work done through the meeting recap feature. Later this year, a recap with the meeting recording, transcript, chat, and shared files will be automatically shared in the meeting Chat tab and viewable in the Details tab for each meeting. The recap will also be available in the meeting event in the Outlook Calendar.
Apart from these features, Microsoft Teams will also be stacked with important well-being features and productivity insights through Workspace Analytics. Workspace analytics provide an overview of employee’s work and communication patterns to help identify actionable insights into managing their role. Incrementally, Teams will also receive emotional check-in experience and integration with Headspace, a meditation guidance app, next year. With these important changes, the personal workspace on Microsoft Teams is bound to become a little bit better.
Online patient portals provide improved access for patients to their health information. Many electronic health record vendors now come equipped with important administrative functions like online appointment scheduling. It not only improves access to healthcare but also promotes transparency in physician availability. It is therefore interesting that a recent study of more than 134,000 primary care visits now shows that most directly scheduled visits were done with the patient’s own primary care physician.
“Direct scheduling is intended to improve patient convenience while reducing administrative burden for practices,” wrote the researchers. “This offering may have additional benefits, especially in the primary care setting, such as promoting continuity with one’s usual primary care physician.”
“Conversely, direct scheduling might worsen disparities in access to care via the so-called digital divide,” they added.
The results, according to the study, suggest that direct scheduling could be a pivotal factor in continuity and access, which in turn are associated with better health outcomes and lower costs.
“We also found evidence that patients might find direct scheduling more convenient than usual scheduling: Most directly scheduled visits were scheduled during usual business hours, when patients could have called the office, yet chose to schedule online,” wrote the researchers.
A move towards patient portals and online scheduling applications is fiscally prudent for any healthcare organization especially considering that it also improves efficiency and engagement while lowering no-show rates. However, as the latest study notes, ‘the disproportionate use of direct scheduling by younger patients could “crowd out visit access” for older patients who may have historically decreased access to primary care.
Toronto, Canada — July 22, 2020 – Dapasoft is proud to announce it has won the 2020 Microsoft Canada Application Innovation IMPACT Award. These annual Canadian awards recognize Microsoft partners that have focused on bettering the lives of Canadians, aligned their efforts with customer excellence, and who have created innovative solutions leveraging Microsoft products, service and technology.
Michael Lonsway, President of Dapasoft, explains, “The adoption of Microsoft Teams and interest in Corolar ConnectedCare App has far exceeded any of our expectations. Until now, the market has not met Healthcare Enterprise customers’ demand for a solution that provides easy access to patient records from EHRs such as MEDITECH, EPIC, Cerner etc in Microsoft Teams. Coupled with our Corolar Cloud solution, we are continuing to develop Corolar ConnectedCare App to fully support the needs of clinicians for care coordination and collaboration.”
Microsoft Canada presented these awards in 18 categories on July 22, 2020 at the first-ever virtual Microsoft Inspire conference. Winners were selected based on the outstanding work the companies provided to their customers and community.
“We are honoured to recognize Dapasoft for the Application Innovation IMPACT Award at this year’s IMPACT awards,” said Suzanne Gagliese, Vice President, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft Canada. “Even throughout a challenging year, Dapasoft has proven to be an outstanding partner committed to the highest levels of innovation and customer excellence empowering organizations across Canada with industry-leading solutions to achieve more.”
Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Dapasoft is pioneering the future of healthcare apps and data interoperability. Dapasoft’s integration platform as a service (iPaaS) on Azure enables legacy IT systems and independent SaaS apps to work together seamlessly, improving quality and cost of care. The platform has pre-built and highly customizable adapters ideal for easily building and quickly deploying custom healthcare integration solutions. Dapasoft brings over 14 years of healthcare integration expertise on HL7, C-CDA, FHIR, focused on streamlining business processes quickly and cost-effectively in the Cloud, on-premises, or a hybrid environment.
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Jijesh Devan, Dapasoft
416-846-4080 x 1070
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About Microsoft Inspire
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COVID-19 has redefined the rules of the game when it comes to how healthcare is provided and delivered throughout the world. A McKinsey survey has now confirmed that telehealth visits have increased from 11% pre-COVID to almost 46% of all consumer visits (to make up for cancelled appointments and walk-ins). With this massive move to digital health, it is being projected that up to $250 billion of current US healthcare spend can be virtualized in the post-COVID era.
The provider healthcare ecosystem in North America has been on the cusp of change for some time now and it will suffice to say that COVID-19 has provided the final push for the implementation of an integrated digital health strategy. Not only does an integrated virtualized healthcare system provide improved convenience and better access to care, it also greatly improves patient outcomes and makes the care-continuum more efficient.
However, challenges related to adoption of virtual care still remain. While 76% of the consumers surveyed are now interested in using telehealth, only 46% have used it. This may be attributed to evolving healthcare needs during the pandemic, a general lack of awareness of telehealth offerings, or even ambiguity in claiming insurance coverage.
On the providers’ side, concerns about security, privacy, integration needs for existing disparate systems, and other concerns around effectiveness and financial reimbursement may impact the adoption of virtual health in the post-COVID era.
And while investments and acceleration in the use of digital health may still prove to be a watershed moment in the history of healthcare in this part of the world, there’s a long way to go before access to care through virtualized systems becomes embedded in our care delivery systems.
TORONTO, ON – March 17, 2020 – Dapasoft Inc., a leading provider of health data interoperability and clinical systems integration, today announced the availability of its Corolar ConnectedCare App on Microsoft Teams Store. The Corolar ConnectedCare App provides Teams users with a comprehensive and secure communication solution for clinician-to-clinician collaboration.
With Corolar ConnectedCare App, clinicians can easily access patient data from EHRs like MEDITECH, Epic, Cerner, and more within the proven and trusted Teams collaboration framework. Corolar ConnectedCare will thus help address immediate and urgent challenges like transitions between care settings and fragmented care through improved clinical integration, by providing the right data securely at a care team’s fingertips.
“We are excited to launch our Microsoft Teams native healthcare app on the Teams store,” said Michael Lonsway, Dapasoft’s President. “It is a reflection of our commitment to Microsoft and the fast-growing Teams platform. We have already engaged with healthcare providers in Canada and US for scheduling, care coordination and other Teams based solutions and strongly believe Corolar ConnectedCare is the quickest means for providers to bring EHR data into Teams for care coordination and Collaboration.”
Jason Brommet, Modern Workplace Lead, Microsoft Canada, said “Microsoft Teams empowers care teams to provide the best possible patient care, while helping their organizations better coordinate care, and improve clinical and operational outcomes – all on the trusted and compliant Microsoft 365 cloud. We’re pleased to see healthcare-focused partners like Dapasoft benefit from the Teams platform, coupled with their healthcare knowledge and technical capabilities on Microsoft Azure, to help modernize Canadian healthcare.”
- Corolar ConnectedCare is purpose built for care coordination in Teams with EHR data
- Using Corolar ConnectedCare, clinicians can easily view their roster of patients and detailed patient chart information within Teams (e.g., visit details, vitals, diagnosis, medications, lab results, clinical documents, etc.).
- Corolar ConnectedCare uses advanced capabilities such as the bot framework, message extension etc. to provide alerts and notifications to clinicians.
About Dapasoft Inc.
Dapasoft is pioneering the future of healthcare applications and health data interoperability. Headquartered in Toronto, Dapasoft is trusted by North American healthcare providers, payors and application developers to power their solutions everyday, integrating a wide variety of EHR, EMR and other clinical and analytics systems.
Corolar is an award-winning Interoperability Platform that can be deployed to your public cloud instance and gives you sophisticated integration features and unmatched control and ownership. Our solution is architected to maximize autonomy, control and data sovereignty. Corolar enables you to develop, deploy, execute, manage and monitor integration processes and flows that connect multiple endpoints so that they can work together.
For further information:
Jijesh Devan, +1 416-847-4080 ext. 1070
In efforts to build a connected and coordinated public health care system in Ontario, 14 LHINs (Local Health Integration Networks) have been restructured into 5 interim geographical regions for transition of certain LHIN functions and oversight responsibilities into Ontario Health. These five interim and transitional geographical regions are based on existing geographic boundaries as set out in the current LHIN’s governing legislation.
Under the operational realignment, Ontario has also reduced the LHIN CEO positions from 14 to five. To better reflect the changes, these positions will now be called Transitional Regional Leads. In accordance with the vision for a truly connected health care system, these transitional leads will report to the Ontario Health Board which will remain the Board for the realigned LHINs. All current functions of the LHINs including continued coordination of patient access to home and community care and long-term care placement will be managed by the reorganized LHINs.
The interim regional clustering of LHINs are as follows:
||Transitional Regional Leads
||Clustering of LHIN Corporations
||Erie-St. Clair, South West, Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant, Waterloo Wellington
||Mississauga Halton, Central West, Central, North Simcoe Muskoka
||Central East, South East, Champlain
||Rhonda Crocker Ellacott
||North West, North East
According to the Ministry of Health, this reorganization of LHINs is operationally necessary to establish regional oversight between existing LHINs. As per the transition plan, certain functions of the LHINs will eventually move to Ontario Health, however, other functions such as delivering home and community care and long-term care placement services will remain under current LHINs jurisdiction.