The cloud is transforming medtech: Amazon, Microsoft, Google, J&J, Philips and GE Healthcare leaders explain

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Leaders in medtech and cloud computing discuss payoffs and potential in device connectivity, product development and cross-industry partnerships.

If knowledge is power, that power comes from a steady stream of information, and we know there’s no shortage of that in healthcare.

The challenge has long been how to capture that information, store it, analyze it and deploy it to improve medical product design, manufacturing and the health of patients.

Then came the cloud, and with it a host of acronyms: software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and — following the same convention — software as a medical device (SaMD).

Over the past few months, Medical Design & Outsourcing connected with leaders in medtech and cloud computing, including the three largest providers of cloud computing services: Amazon (Nasda…

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Microsoft CMO: Using the cloud to improve medtech design, manufacturing and care

David Rhew is Microsoft’s global chief medical officer and VP of healthcare. [Photo courtesy of Microsoft]

Dr. David Rhew, Microsoft’s global chief medical officer and VP of healthcare, has been studying how technology can improve health outcomes for nearly three decades.

His focus has long been on access to care, quality of care, patient safety, improving experiences for patients and providers, and finding ways to improve the overall efficiency of care.

He was previously CMO at Samsung and Zynx Health before that. But his role at Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) — one of the world’s cloud-computing leaders — offers his best opportunity yet to shape the future of medtech.

Rhew spoke with Medical Design & Outsourcing as part of an ongoing series of conversations about cloud computing’s contributions to medtech and the potential ahead. The discussion that f…

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