Microsoft and TracFone team up to offer Windows Phone-based healthcare effort

Microsoft has announced a partnership with TracFone for a pilot project that's designed to help diabetes patients with the use of Windows Phone devices.

In a press release, Microsoft said the project will be conducted by the Health Choice Network, which "manages and connects a network of community health centers with more than 760,000 patients in 17 states." The company added:

"Building on the success of TracFone's short message service, text and phone programs, the new solution will be offered on a Windows Phone and feature Microsoft's familiar suite of services and solutions, such as Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft HealthVault, Microsoft Dynamics CRM and a variety of smartphone applications. It will combine enterprise-grade security and privacy features to allow security-enhanced, HIPAA-enabled email and messaging communications to patients regarding their health and regimens. In addition, it will provide appointment reminders with calendar functionality and remote device management that is standard with a Windows Phone."

Diabetes patients will also be able to use a number of special Windows Phone apps in this trial program, including some that have been created especially for the care of their condition. It will also use the Cortana digital assistant for things like reminding patients to fill a prescription, to contact a doctor and more.

What do you think of this interesting extension of Windows Phone to the healthcare industry? Thanks to IKE Charles for the tip!

Source: Microsoft

John Callaham