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Thanks to Microsoft, TV White Space is Being Used to Deliver Remote Healthcare in Botswana


Thanks To Microsoft—TV White Space Is Being Used To Deliver Remote Healthcare In BotswanaNow that Botswana has made the move to digital TV, it has freed up analog space traditionally known as TV white space. Microsoft has stepped in and is using this white space to deliver broadband Internet to some of the more remote areas throughout Africa.

In the country of Botswana, MedCity News notes that Microsoft has partnered with the University of Pennsylvania Perlman’s School of Medicine, Botswana’s Ministry of health, the US agency for International Development, and NetHope to launch a telemedicine pilot program throughout three rule communities.

The pilot program allows residents who live in rural areas of Botswana, the ability to access remote healthcare via life video conferencing through white TV space—all without having to travel the long distance to the capital city of Gaborone. Two of the most common uses for this method of telemedicine are to screen for cervical cancer, and to identify dermatological signs of HIV and AIDS.

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Microsoft, HIMSS Media Launch Free Webinars for Healthcare IT Professionals


Microsoft, HIMSS Media Launch Free Webinars for Healthcare IT ProfessionalsHIMSS Media and Microsoft announced ahead of the weekend a new series of free webinars.

According to details shared with mHealthWatch, the webinars are designed to enable healthcare IT professionals to enhance their expertise in analytics, mobile technology, and cloud computing topics.

The four webinars announced include the following:
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Microsoft Poised to Announce First Wearable Device


Microsoft Poised to Announce First Wearable DeviceRumor has it that Microsoft is about to get a leg — or, perhaps, wrist — up on Apple in the wearables market.

Although Apple unveiled its first smartwatch called Apple Watch last month at its high-profile media event, we are still months away from product launch.

Not surprisingly, Microsoft is now among the companies purportedly eager to cut into Apple’s tangible momentum before Apple Watch rolls out.

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Microsoft Joins New Partners to Improve Healthcare to Underserved Populations


Microsoft Joins New Partners to Improve Healthcare to Underserved PopulationsmHealthWatch was recently privy to new details of the freshly-forged partnership involving Microsoft, TracPhone, and Health Choice Network. Working together, the three will provide the technology, smartphone apps, and access to healthcare that individuals in underserved populations need desperately today.

“Underserved populations” are loosely defined and could be anything from individuals who reside in rural areas and low income communities, to elderly individuals or simply folks with mobility issues. The plan is to utilize a Windows Phone to provide HIPPA-enabled email, messaging, and ongoing communication related to healthcare.

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Bing Wants to Take mHealth Apps to the Next Level


Bing Wants to Take mHealth Apps to the Next LevelAlthough Windows Phone owners are no strangers to health and fitness apps, the latest in the works is a new ballgame altogether among fitness trackers.

The new app in question comes to us from Bing and helps users stay healthy after they’ve finished tracking their run.

The Bing Health & Fitness app helps you stay on top of health and fitness trends and provides the tools you need to support a healthy lifestyle. Designed for Windows Phone, the Health &  Fitness app brings together great fitness, nutrition and health content, along with trackers, tools and other features.

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Can Former Microsoft Exec Help HealthCare.gov?


Can Former Microsoft Exec Help HealthCareYesterday, Kathleen Sebelius, The U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, announced Kurt DelBene as her new Senior Advisor and successor to Jeff Zients.

“Jeff did an outstanding job working with our team to provide management advice and counsel on the HealthCare.gov project,” Sec. Sebelius wrote in her remarks. “Today, the site is night and day from what it was when it launched on October 1.  I am very grateful for his service and leadership. His role leading the management of the site proved critical and today we are announcing his successor: Kurt DelBene.”

DelBene most recently served as president of the Microsoft Office Division. He will now lead and manage HealthCare.gov starting today.
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Microsoft Scores First mHealth Vendor in AppsForSurface Program


Microsoft Scores First mHealth Vendor in AppsForSurface ProgramThis week, mobile healthcare solutions provider AirStrip announced that the first phase of its strategic participation in Microsoft’s AppsForSurface program has begun.

As part of the program, the company will launch and make available AirStrip ONE Cardiology not only on Windows 8.1-enabled mobile devices, but also on laptops and desktops.

“This program highlights Microsoft’s commitment to supporting the mHealth space with solutions that are proven to drive clinical transformation,” announced AirStrip CEO Alan Portela.

“Thanks to this program,” he added, “AirStrip will give healthcare providers a seamless user experience regardless of whether they are using AirStrip solutions on their Windows-enabled mobile devices, a Surface tablet, a laptop, or a desktop. The look, feel and depth of user experience will remain consistent for clinicians, regardless of the device they use. We are proud that Microsoft has recognized AirStrip ONE Cardiology as a pioneering mobile clinical application in the AppsForSurface program.”
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