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Accenture, Microsoft Will Assist Health System with Cloud Migration

The largest academic medical system in New York, Mount Sinai Health System, announced Accenture and Microsoft would assist it on a five-year cloud migration process to ensure a fast and smooth transition. Moving to the cloud will allow the healthcare system to reinvest cost-savings and focus on its healthcare mission, Mount Sinai stated.

“We are reinforcing our commitment to innovation to support our mission by working with Accenture and Microsoft — two technology and cloud leaders – to improve the agility and the modernization of our technology estate,” Kristin Myers, executive vice president, chief information officer, dean for Information Technology, Mount Sinai Health System said in a press release. “This will serve as the bedrock for creating new solutions and responding to advancing clinical, research, and technology needs.”

Accenture and Mount Sinai will collaborate to securely move the clinical applications of the health system into the cloud, such as its Epic EHR system. In addition, Accenture is set to deliver hybrid cloud managed services once the migration is complete, including hourly server management, migrated workload support, stage and backup operations, database support, automation, and analytics.

Microsoft will offer quality assurance to Mount Sinai throughout its cloud migration.

“Mount Sinai is a world-class academic medical system that continuously pushes the boundaries of innovation through education and research,” Patty Obermaier, vice president, US Health and Life Sciences, Microsoft, said in the announcement. “Modernizing its infrastructure on Microsoft Azure will expand its ability to enhance patient engagement, empower health team collaboration, improve clinical informatics and realize operational efficiencies all on our secure cloud.

“We are honored to work with Mount Sinai, Accenture, and Avanade to facilitate Mount Sinai’s migration to the cloud,” Obermaier added.

This transition to Microsoft Azure, the cloud computing service, is part of Mount Sinai’s mission to use artificial intelligence within clinical care and research. In particular, Mount Sinai Clinical Intelligence Center has put much effort into discovering methods to use digital tools to fight COVID-19.

“We are delighted to be teaming with our Avanade colleagues and Microsoft to help Mount Sinai build a secure and scalable enterprise estate in Azure to help strengthen its data-driven capabilities,” Rich Birhanzel, global industry health lead at Accenture stated in the press release. With a modernized cloud operating model, Mount Sinai will redirect funding to strategic and innovative programs, while supporting the reskilling and repositioning of resources to a more modern way of working and ultimately for the benefit of its patients.”

Microsoft has also been collaborating with provider-led data platform Truveta to leverage its Azure cloud service and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities in efforts to advance health equity through deidentified health data.

“Healthcare is generating more data than ever before, and there is an immediate need to leverage insights to improve patient care,” Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Cloud + AI at Microsoft, said in a press release.

“Building on the security and scalability of Azure and its AI capabilities, Truveta’s data platform will empower clinicians and researchers to find new therapies and treatments,” Suthrie continued.

As a Microsoft Partner, the Truveta platform will integrate into Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare, uncovering new insights for precision medicine and clinical analytics

“From detection to preventative care to personalized medicine, the opportunities to combine AI with Truveta’s learning community for health create nearly limitless opportunities to save lives with data,” Rod Hochman, MD, president & CEO of Providence.stated.

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