When Hurricane Sandy hit, the nonprofit Community Healthcare Network lost its on-premise email communications, wreaking havoc on the network’s community health centers throughout New York.

More than 75,000 people use CHN’s medical, dental and social services. After a few days, Jason Pomaski, CHN’s assistant vice president of technology, turned to the cloud to activate a free trial of Office 365, which helped CHN restore its email capabilities and again focus on serving patients.

The advantages were so impressive that today at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society annual conference (HIMSS14), CHN announced it is taking the next step with a full-scale adoption of Office 365. It won’t be used just for email, but also for instant messaging, audio and Web conferencing through Microsoft Lync Online, and for document sharing through Microsoft OneDrive for Business, writes Dr. Dennis Schmuland, Microsoft’s chief health strategy officer, U.S. Health.

To learn more, head over to the Microsoft in Health Blog.

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