Nonprofit Spotlight: Partners In Health


The Microsoft Cloud helps the nonprofit Partners in Health raise the standard of healthcare by lowering collaboration barriers.

When it comes to healthcare, seconds can mean the difference between life and death. So old or lacking technology in underserved regions can have a huge impact on entire populations.

“Time is life,” says Marc Julmisse, the chief nursing officer for Partners In Health, a Boston-based nonprofit that provides healthcare services to the world’s poorest, most marginalized communities.

Unfortunately, Partners In Health never had a common platform for communication and collaboration. Most of the 18,000 people who work with the organization around the world used personal email accounts to interact with colleagues.

Incompatible email services:

  • Made it difficult to communicate
  • To share documents securely
  • To mobilize
In response to the latest health crisis, such as the Ebola or Zika viruses.“The Microsoft cloud helps our entire staff stay connected and work together in real time,” Julmisse says in a new TV ad released by Microsoft. “The cloud gave us a single platform to reach across our entire organization, even to the most remote places in the world.”

The organization avoided about $250,000 in capital costs, as well, thanks to the cost-effective, cloud-based infrastructure that allowed Partners In Health transisition away from physical servers. 

“We’re saving time and money,” Julmisse says. “And every dollar we save is making it to the field to help those that need it.” 

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