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Deliver better experiences, insights, and care with Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare – Microsoft Industry Blogs

The world after this pandemic will not be the same as the one that came before it.

From remote teamwork and telehealth, to supply management and customer service, to critical cloud infrastructure and security—we are working alongside customers every day to help manage through a world of remote everything.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of people’s lives and every aspect of the healthcare system. It’s preventing healthcare delivery practices from operating at normal business levels, it’s disrupting patient access to high-quality medical care, and it’s forcing everyone to think about how to continue pushing forward in new and different ways. Our commitment has always been to ensure the tools we provide are up to the task of supporting our customers in their time of need. Hear CEO Satya Nadella’s words for more on Microsoft’s thoughts for our healthcare workers.

In that same spirit, Microsoft is announcing its first industry-specific cloud offering, Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare, now available in public preview and through a free trial for the next six months. The offer brings together existing and future capabilities that deliver automation and efficiency on high-value workflows, as well as deep data analytics for both structured and unstructured data, that enable customers to turn insight into action. A robust partner ecosystem extends the value of the platform with additional solutions to address the most pressing challenges the healthcare industry is facing today. Healthcare will be the first industry served with additional industry-specific clouds to follow.

Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare brings together trusted and integrated capabilities for customers and partners that enrich patient engagement and connects health teams to help improve collaboration, decision-making, and operational efficiencies. Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare will support accelerated health transformation into the future, with capabilities for customers spanning the most important needs for healthcare organizations:

  • Enhancing patient engagement
  • Empowering health team collaboration
  • Improving operational and clinical data insights
  • Cloud built on interoperability, security, and trust
  • Extensible healthcare partner ecosystem

Enhance patient engagement

More than ever, being connected is critical to creating an individualized patient experience. Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare helps healthcare organizations to engage in more proactive ways with their patients, allows caregivers to improve the efficiency of their workflows and streamline interactions with patients with more actionable results. Organizations can use Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare to extend the value of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Marketing, Dynamics 365 Customer Service, and Azure IoT to deploy:

  • Consumer-friendly patient experience: healthcare organizations can create individualized care plans for patients, or groups of patients, that allows providers to publicize relevant content and proactive outreach to patients on any device when they need it. Deploy secure virtual visits, chatbot assessments, and remote health monitoring to create a connected health experience. One of those tools is our Microsoft Healthcare Bot Service. Since March, more than 1,600 instances of COVID-19 bots based on our service have gone live impacting more than 31 million people across 23 countries. The CDC and healthcare systems from Seattle to Copenhagen, and from Rome to Tel Aviv, are using this service to create COVID-19 self-assessment tools to reduce some of the strain on their emergency hotlines.
  • Connected physician and referral management: care teams can easily create referrals, search for providers, and understand physician spend, satisfaction, and enhanced analytics on referral categories.
  • Enhanced patient engagement portals: patients and providers can easily interact through this self-service portal which enables various healthcare tasks such as online appointment booking, reminders, bill pay, and much more. This also allows providers the ability to engage with patients easily through the device of their choice.
  • Intelligent patient outreach: enables healthcare organizations to design interactive patient journeys to nurture leads, publicize relevant events, and contact patients with preventative and care management programs that help promote better health outcomes.
  • Continuous patient monitoring through IoT: generate secure, scalable data ingestion from medical devices to allow care teams to monitor patients in and outside of clinical facilities. With real-time insights, care teams can provide timely escalations of care, reduce readmissions, and provide personalized, predictive care.

Empower health team collaboration

Even before the current global pandemic, the healthcare industry has been in the midst of a massive shift marked by the rise of team-based care due to increased medical specialization, exponential growth in the volume of digital patient data, and increasingly demanding data protection requirements. Too often, the tools providers use to coordinate patient care are fragmented and impede the collaborative workflows required in a complex care environment.

To address these challenges, we have been building capabilities in Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams that streamline healthcare workflows and provide a secure platform for connected care coordination. Teams, which supports HIPAA compliance and is HITRUST certified, brings together chat, voice and video meetings, and offers recording and transcription, as well as secure messaging features, available across devices.

As we’ve seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, clinicians also need greater flexibility and convenience in how they are able to connect with patients. Today we are announcing general availability of the Bookings app in Teams, which enables healthcare providers to schedule, manage, and conduct provider-to-patient virtual visits within Teams.

In an effort to protect patients and providers while maintaining continuity of ambulatory care, healthcare providers including St. Luke’s University Health Network, Stony Brook Medicine, and Calderdale  & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust in the U.K. have been using teams to conduct virtual patient visits and provide continuity of care while protecting providers and patients. Patients receive a customized email and can join their appointment in one click on a desktop, or in the Microsoft Teams iOS or Android Mobile apps.

Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare brings together existing and future capabilities important to how care teams communicate, collaborate, coordinate care, and generate insights that help improve patient outcomes and workflow effectiveness.

Improve clinical and operational data insights

Healthcare organizations are taking advantage of building virtual agents, automating workflows, analyzing data, and sharing insights in real-time. COVID-19 has accelerated the urgent need for healthcare organizations to create no-code/low-code apps and workflows in hours or days, not weeks or months. Thousands of organizations are relying on new integration between Microsoft Teams and Power Apps to share timely information.

In just two weeks, Swedish Health Services, the largest non-profit health provider in the Seattle area, used Power Apps to build a solution to track critical supplies.

Microsoft’s newest releases that support FHIR technology enabled the Chicago Dept of Public Health (CDPH) and Rush Hospital with an end to end solution to bring together clinical, lab and capacity data analysis in just a few days to support the COVID crisis. Using the C-CDA converter to FHIR converter, the API for FHIR—a cloud-based FHIR Server, and the Power BI FHIR connector, CDPH was able to ingest data in different formats with a simple API call, convert it to FHIR and add visualizations and downstream analytics that enabled rapid connectivity of data and interoperability across multiple hospitals.

Cloud built on interoperability, security, and trust

Underpinning all these great capabilities is our focus and commitment to interoperability, security, and compliance. We know that to provide the best care, healthcare organizations need to be able to consume, access, and share information rapidly and securely.

The future of highly secure data agility in the cloud– and the interoperability tools that healthcare organizations need to organize their health data in the cloud around FHIR – are integrated into Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare. Last year Microsoft was the first cloud to offer a generally available Azure FHIR service—which allows healthcare organizations to ingest and persist data in the FHIR format.

Healthcare organizations that are already underway with open standards like FHIR have been able to collaborate in rapid time, and it’s given their teams the ability to care for patients with a high level of agility. We’re seeing examples all around the globe and it’s been both humbling and inspiring to see the FHIR technology we’ve built specifically for health workloads in Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare support these efforts.

Security and compliance remain a strategic priority for healthcare organizations, and the shift to remote work only increases the need for integrated, end-to-end security architecture that reduces both cost and complexity. Microsoft has the highest levels of commitment to trust, security, and meeting industry compliance standards and certifications in the industry.

Extensible healthcare partner ecosystem

Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare also enables healthcare systems to take advantage of our robust ecosystem of healthcare partners who can provide solutions that complement and extend core cloud capabilities. Using these partners’ expertise will help organizations through EHR and platform integrations, implementation services, and healthcare SaaS offerings. Microsoft is proud to work closely with the leading providers of health systems, from organizations like Accenture, Adaptive Biotechnologies, Allscripts, DXC Technology, Innovaccer, KPMG, and Nuance to co-develop new solutions with leaders in their respective sectors like Humana, Providence, Novartis, and Walgreens Boots Alliance.

What’s powerful about these tools is that they’re being used not just by providers in the delivery of healthcare but by ISVs, pharmaceutical and life sciences companies, and government systems. We’ve seen companies like KenSci—a healthcare AI & data management platform—launch their Mobile Command Center with Real Time Bed Management, Ventilator Utilization, and Capacity Planning for COVID-19. In just 48 hours they can create a hospital solution—even those using legacy data systems—and help manage their data in the Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare using the open standard of FHIR.

Commitment to industry

We know that technology has a role to play in accelerating progress for solutions to the pandemic and other pressing healthcare concerns and challenges. Looking ahead, we expect to see healthcare organizations continue to use newly implemented technology tools throughout the recovery period and into the new normal. Companies that need to accelerate their digital transformation during this time will continue to rely on trusted partners who can support their trust, security, and technology adoption into the future.

Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare will make it easier for them to remain agile and focus on what they do best – delivering better experiences, insights, and care.

Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare is available for a free trial over the next 6 months. Click to see the launch during the Microsoft Healthcare Summit, view a demo, or learn more about public preview.

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Wanted – Atom netbook – E.g Samsung NC10

Final testing complete. The battery ran a YouTube video for 2 1/4 hours before asking to be plugged in with 15 mins still remaining. Next charge reported 3 hours but took a real caning with updates, so there may be a little more to come with with more charge cycles bearing in mind it’s been unused for so long.

Condition is quite remarkable for it’s age, very nearly mint. I’ll post pics if you want but will stake my feedback on it. It also has an extra 1GB of RAM (maybe 2 but the Atom can only use & report 3GB total.

I was hoping it would sneak under RM’s Small Parcel limit but it’s 500g too heavy. Best alternative balance of price/timescale for delivery is 48 hour courier (normally next day) for £8. With that in mind I’m happy at £40 if you still are.

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For Sale – Intel NUC6CAYH 8GB RAM/240GB SSD

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As title, for sale is one Intel NUC6CAYH with one stick 8GB RAM and an Integral V series 240GB SSD which has 198GB free after Windows & prog’s.
This has a licensed Win 10 Pro installed together with the 1909 update, as well as: VLC; BBC iPlayer; ITV Hub; All 4; My 5; Amazon; Netflix; Youtube; Firefox; and Glary Utilities.
It has had very little use (see below) and is in excellent condition with factory protective film still attached to the top surface and to the front.
It all works just as it should with zero problems noted; it comes in the original box with backplate, booklets etc. plus it comes with an extra spare power supply.

The plan was that following a major operation I would be bed-ridden for around three months and this was going to be the bedroom PC “link” to the outside world while I recuperated. The spare power supply was to allow easy removal from behind my bedroom TV to wherever I needed it, & the PSU has been tested and works just fine. So that’s why it was set up as almost a Windows HTPC, so that I could use it for both media and business purposes BUT thankfully my recovery surprised my consultant as much as it surprised me and I never needed to use it. And that’s why it sat in my bedroom for over a year doing nothing other then me updating it when I remembered to.

Payment by BT only please (no PP) and delivery will be by Royal Mail Special Delivery with me posting it as soon as I can following receipt of payment.
If you want to collect from the Lincolnshire coast you’re welcome.
Price: £170 including delivery

I may also sell my NUC6i5SYH with 16GB RAM/500GB Samsung 950 Pro M2 PCIE/480GB Kingston SSD if anybody is interested at a sensible price? This one is fast with the Samsung software benchmarking the 950 Pro at 2508MB/s read & 1501 write in this system. Again with Win10 Pro installed and with original box, and in good condition
£270 delivered.

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Location
Mablethorpe
Price and currency
£170
Delivery cost included
Delivery Is Included
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Payment method
Cash or Bank Transfer only please

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Announcing PowerShell 7.0 | PowerShell

Joey Aiello

Joey

Today, we’re happy to announce the Generally Available (GA) release of PowerShell 7.0! Before anything else, we’d like to thank our many, many open-source contributors for making this release possible by submitting code, tests, documentation, and issue feedback. PowerShell 7 would not have been possible without your help.

slew of new cmdlets/APIs and bug fixes, we’re introducing a number of new features, including:

  • Pipeline parallelization with ForEach-Object -Parallel
  • New operators:
    • Ternary operator: a ? b : c
    • Pipeline chain operators: || and &&
    • Null coalescing operators: ?? and ??=
  • A simplified and dynamic error view and Get-Error cmdlet for easier investigation of errors
  • A compatibility layer that enables users to import modules in an implicit Windows PowerShell session
  • Automatic new version notifications
  • The ability to invoke to invoke DSC resources directly from PowerShell 7 (experimental)

For a more complete list of features and fixes, check out the PowerShell 7.0 release notes.

The shift from PowerShell Core 6.x to 7.0 also marks our move from .NET Core 2.x to 3.1. .NET Core 3.1 brings back a host of .NET Framework APIs (especially on Windows), enabling significantly more backwards compatibility with existing Windows PowerShell modules. This includes many modules on Windows that require GUI functionality like Out-GridView and Show-Command, as well as many role management modules that ship as part of Windows. For more info, check out our module compatibility table showing off how you can the latest, up-to-date modules that work with PowerShell 7.

If you weren’t able to use PowerShell Core 6.x in the past because of module compatibility issues, this might be the first time you get to take advantage of some of the awesome features we already delivered since we started the Core project!

Windows, macOS, or Linux. Depending on the version of your OS and preferred package format, there may be multiple installation methods.

If you already know what you’re doing, and you’re just looking for a binary package (whether it’s an MSI, ZIP, RPM, or something else), hop on over to our latest release tag on GitHub.

Additionally, you may want to use one of our many Docker container images. For more information on using those, check out our PowerShell-Docker repo.

following operating systems on x64, including:

  • Windows 7, 8.1, and 10
  • Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016, and 2019
  • macOS 10.13+
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) / CentOS 7+
  • Fedora 29+
  • Debian 9+
  • Ubuntu 16.04+
  • openSUSE 15+
  • Alpine Linux 3.8+

Additionally, we support ARM32 and ARM64 flavors of Debian and Ubuntu, as well as ARM64 Alpine Linux.

While not officially supported, the community has also provided packages for Arch and Kali Linux.

If you need support for a platform that wasn’t listed here, please file a distribution request on GitHub (though it should be noted that we’re ultimately limited by what’s supported by .NET Core 3.1).

.NET decided to do with .NET 5, we feel that PowerShell 7 marks the completion of our journey to maximize backwards compatibility with Windows PowerShell. To that end, we consider PowerShell 7 and beyond to be the one, true PowerShell going forward.

PowerShell 7 will still be noted with the edition “Core” in order to differentiate 6.x/7.x from Windows PowerShell, but in general, you will see it denoted as “PowerShell 7” going forward.

Import-Module documentation.

For those modules still incompatible, we’re working with a number of teams to add native PowerShell 7 support, including Microsoft Graph, Office 365, and more.

Azure Cloud Shell has already been updated to use PowerShell 7, and others like the .NET Core SDK Docker container images and Azure Functions will be updated soon.

will be supported for approximately 3 years from December 3, 2019 (the release date of .NET Core 3.1).

You can find more info about PowerShell’s support lifecycle at https://aka.ms/pslifecycle

filing an issue on the main PowerShell repository. For issues related to specific modules (e.g. PSReadline or PowerShellGet), make sure to file in the appropriate repository.

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For Sale – EVGA 650 Watt GQ Gold Semi Modular PSU

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EVGA 650 Watt GQ Gold Hybrid Modular

Semi Modular PSU, has had about 2 weeks worth of usage so nice and clean.

unfortunately I dont have the box anymore so what you see is what you get (Check Pics)

Location
Caterham
Price and currency
£45
Delivery cost included
Delivery Is Included
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I have no preference
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Payment method
BT/PPG

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For Sale – AMD GPUs (5 in total) + Mobo/CPU/RAM Bundle

Please read below carefully before purchase:

All these cards are from a mining rig BUT they are all regular cards and not mining cards.

I did not buy em all together and never actually finished my build of 6 GPUs.

These cards have not been under high temperature.

Sapphire cards (3 of them) have BIOS switch (Dual Bios) and original stock BIOS is still there, only OC mode was customised but will also be reverted.

They all come in original boxes. (please note, for some reason Amazon stuck the address stickers on top of the boxes of some GPUs instead of using cardboard box for external packaging) . I might have to remove it or just stick another sticker on top of the current one.

Gigabyte AMD Radeon RX 570 Gaming 4G [Samsung Memory] – £70

SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 580 NITRO+ 4 GB [Hynix Memory] – £100

MSI Radeon RX 580 8GB [Samsung Memory] -£115

Sapphire Radeon RX 580 NITRO+ Special Edition 8 GB [Micron Memory] – £130

Sapphire Radeon RX 580 NITRO+ Special Edition 8 GB [Micron Memory] – £150 – Removed for now.

Also for sale AS A BUNDLE ONLY:
Mobo: ASUS LGA 1151 PRIME Z270-A
CPU: Intel Celeron G3930 2.90 GHz CPU
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 2400 MHz – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01DPZVP3W/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I can do Mobo+RAM+CPU for £90 as a bundle, this way I can post them in the same box. [NO CPU cooler included]

Postage is £8 for Mobo/Bundle or each GPU.

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For Sale – Lamicall Tablet/iPad Silver Metal Stand & Lamicall MacBook Laptop Riser Stand *RRP £45*

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Lamicall Silver Metal Laptop Stand
Selling as silver doesn’t match my new Space Grey set-up, so selling to buy a new matching set!
About 6 months old and still in excellent condition. RRP £29.99 on Amazon and the only stand with 89 reviews, all at 5 star!

And

Lamicall Silver Adjustable Tablet Stand/Holder
About 12 months old and still in excellent condition. RRP £14.99 on Amazon and the only stand with over 1000 reviews, all at 5 star!
Location
Milton Keynes
Price and currency
25
Delivery cost included
Delivery is NOT included
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For Sale – Dell XPS 15″ 9560 I7-7700hq 4K, 16gb RAM 512gb SSD

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Dell XPS 15″ 9560 I7-7700hq 4K 16gb RAM 512gb SSD Laptop. Condition is Used. Dispatched with eBay delivery – Packlink 1 day.

Samsung PM981 512gb SSD – One of the fastest on the market.
Intel 9260 WiFi – the killer WiFi that comes with these line of laptops has many issues, it has been replaced with an Intel 9260 which is one of the best / most reliable on the market.

You will receive:

  • The laptop described above
  • Official 130W Dell Charger
  • Original Box
Location
London
Price and currency
800
Delivery cost included
Delivery is NOT included
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Payment method
PPG / BT

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For Sale – Apple Network Gear A1521 (X4) BASESTATION & AIRPORT EXTREME

Seeing if any interest before they get listed elsewhere

My father used these in Canada for a few years, however has changed over to a synology system to go with his nas,

So i currently have for sale

1x brand new and sealed FC414LL/A Airport express base station A1392 £60 ( prob has a usa power cable)

4 x a1521 Used, Good condition, Few surface marks as expected )£50 each, ( can send you a power cable buts they will be usa ) Bundle deal for all 4

1 x airport extreme base station a1408 – £20 – unit only, some surface marks again,

will try get some pics up tomorrow, Please let me know of any questions/ interest,

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For Sale – Apple Network Gear A1521 (X4) BASESTATION & AIRPORT EXTREME

Seeing if any interest before they get listed elsewhere

My father used these in Canada for a few years, however has changed over to a synology system to go with his nas,

So i currently have for sale

1x brand new and sealed FC414LL/A Airport express base station A1392 £60 ( prob has a usa power cable)

4 x a1521 Used, Good condition, Few surface marks as expected )£50 each, ( can send you a power cable buts they will be usa ) Bundle deal for all 4

1 x airport extreme base station a1408 – £20 – unit only, some surface marks again,

will try get some pics up tomorrow, Please let me know of any questions/ interest,

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