Microsoft Inspire: The Healthcare Backpack

July 30, 2019, MOQdigital Marketing


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Developments with Microsoft have enabled significant advancements in health and wellbeing – especially in remote areas. Dr Raymond Campbell with Phulukisa Health Solutions explored one such advancement at the Microsoft Inspire Conference this year. Dr Campbell had been experiencing challenges when it came to providing good healthcare in South Africa, especially across rural areas. However, by working with Microsoft, the non-for-profit was able to develop a Cloud-enabled backpack that could be used by their medical specialists.
The backpack allows for the testing of common diseases, including:

  • HIV
  • Tuberculosis
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease

Field doctors can receive health results in minutes, rather than having to wait days. The backpack has also allowed Dr Campbell’s team to address the high maternal mortality rate in South Africa, as it enables in-home screening and results. The technology has been life-saving, delivering treatment in real-time, when it is needed, for those who need it.

This is all thanks to solutions delivered through Microsoft and Microsoft Cloud, with stories like this illustrating how the Microsoft mission is about helping address local and global needs, and creating an opportunity for individuals to innovate and improve the world around them.

Sataya Nadella spoke on this during Day 3 of the Microsoft Inspire Conference, noting how it is up to Microsoft and its partners to work together to improve productivity, responsiveness, education, outcomes, and human ingenuity. “When we empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more,” Sataya says “we empower the world.”