Microsoft Announces Teams Telemedicine Features for Health Care Workers

Microsoft is bringing a few new features to Teams aimed at improving how health care workers interact and communicate with patients.

The company on Tuesday announced a handful of new experiences at the HIMSS health care conference, including a new feature that allows patients to book on-demand appointments with their provider through the Microsoft Bookings app in Teams. The new feature, which will hit preview in April, is an extension of its waiting room and queuing features and aims to provide a seamless way for users to schedule an appointment for any available time slot.

Microsoft said it and other features it’s bringing to improve the day-to-day routines of health care workers were borne out of an increased demand for telemedicine options over the last few years.

“We’ve seen the adoption of virtual appointments in healthcare skyrocket during the pandemic, and we continue to see outstanding growth,” said Emma Williams, corporate vice president of Modern Work Transformation. “It’s an area that’s here to stay, with use cases that are core to the future of healthcare and many other key industries.”