Salesforce Developing New Patient Engagement Health Cloud to Revolutionize EHR

International Data Corp. predicts 80% of healthcare data will pass through the cloud at some point by 2020. Salesforce is confident that it can successfully revolutionize the healthcare industry’s electronic records by developing a patient engagement cloud platform that is expected to enter the market extensively in February 2016. The new platform will integrate a patient’s health records with data from wearables and apps like ZocDoc to give doctors a more comprehensive view of their patient’s overall health. It connects information about medications, allergies, medical history as well as insurance, which will allow nurses and doctors to communicate and coordinate appointments and procedures more effectively

Salesforce recently announced it was developing this new software in partnership with health-tech companies including physician database company Centura Health, intelligent medical device maker DJO Global, and Philips Healthcare. Legacy tech companies have struggled in the past at becoming successful with such wide-scale innovation. In 2011, Google discontinued its own healthcare initiative, Google Health, after it didn’t gain any traction in the market. Salesforce however believes their health cloud will be successful and hopes to become the lifeblood of cloud-based interactions in healthcare facilities. 

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