The Redmond, Wash., company is working with a company that sells medical equipment and a nonprofit to develop an app that could help people living with chronic diseases get better.
The Redmond-based company is now in talks with the non-profit that sells equipment to people with serious medical conditions and with a nonprofit that sells devices to people in rural areas.
The Redmond-headquartered company has been working with the nonprofit since 2013, when it partnered with the Palo Alto-based medical device maker EMC in developing a tool that can diagnose and treat conditions that doctors believe patients have.
The company said the app will let people who are diagnosed with a condition and have symptoms report them to their doctor.
They could be able to request a diagnosis from their doctor, which can help doctors identify the cause of the condition, and a doctor could send them a prescription for the device to treat their condition.
Microsoft hopes the app could be used to help prevent some of the side effects of some medications and devices.
It could also help people who don’t have access to medical equipment or have symptoms that don’t respond to their medication get their treatments more quickly.
“It’s important that we support people with these conditions, and we think this is the best way to do that,” Microsoft said in a statement.
“We’re working with non-profits to help make this possible.
We are excited to get started and look forward to exploring ways to make this app even better.”
The app would be available for Windows Phone 8 devices.
Microsoft also has been partnering with health-related companies to develop new products that would be used for people with a range of conditions, including multiple sclerosis, asthma, diabetes and some forms of cancer.
The company is partnering with a startup called HealthKit, which helps people manage chronic conditions and other medical conditions.