Skype for Business offers mobile functionality, videoconferencing and more

August 2, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Skype for Business is now Michigan Medicine’s primary, non-clinical business communication tool for instant messaging (IM), screen sharing and audio/videoconferencing. The advantage of using Skype for Business for online meetings and conversations is its integration with the Microsoft Office suite — the primary business set of applications used in the organization.

Mobile device capability will be implemented for Skype for Business in September, whereby an IM conversation initiated on your smartphone can be switched to your workstation without interruption. The reverse will also be true: if you are in the middle of an IM conversation and need to close your workstation to move to a different location, simply log in to the app on your mobile device to pick up where you left off.

In order to enable even more functionality, Health Information Technology & Services (HITS) is going to focus on Skype for Business as the strategic platform for videoconferencing. As a result, HITS is reaching out to users of a number of other videoconferencing systems, such as Adobe Connect and Vidyo, to find out just how often these are used and in what capacity.

Watch for an email with a survey on remote collaboration and videoconferencing.* Please be sure to fill this out, or respond by clicking here. Based on your feedback, HITS will explore the retirement of tools which are not so widely used and may not be HIPAA compliant.

*The survey is accessed via Weblogin which requires two-factor authentication. It should only take a few minutes and will be available through Wednesday, Aug. 9.