AirStrip and SAP meet demand for enterprise-class mobile health apps

28 January 2014 | Gareth Hall, Windows 8 lead, Microsoft Worldwide Health

More and more clinicians want to use mobile devices for their work. They don’t just see them as personal, companion devices anymore. With all the new Windows 8 tablets on the market now, they’re realizing they can have a tablet that not only fits into the pocket of their scrubs, but also provides them with the enterprise-class functionality and security they need to support their day-to-day work.

Health professionals also like that they can have a consistent experience across smartphones, tablets, and PCs with Windows 8. In fact, that was one of the reasons that mobile healthcare leader AirStrip decided to partner with Microsoft to develop its apps on Windows 8. Customers kept telling AirStrip that they wanted to have the same experience with AirStrip apps, whether they were using a tablet during rounds, a desktop at the office, or a laptop at home. “The Microsoft vision for the future of healthcare across the care continuum is in sync with the demands we’re hearing from our customers,” said Alan Portela, CEO of AirStrip. “Microsoft is committed to implementing the same user experience throughout multiple form factors. They are working to make sure that the same look and feel are seamlessly available on mobile devices as well as touchscreen desktops.”

AirStrip ONE Cardiology is the company’s first release for Windows 8.1, with announcements about other AirStrip mobile clinical solutions coming in the near future.  This app will be available in the Windows Store as soon as FDA approval comes through, which is expected very soon.

I recently asked Portela about his IT team’s experience developing AirStrip ONE Cardiology on Windows 8.1, and here’s what he had to say: “It was much faster and easier than we expected. Start to finish, we built it in two months. And that’s a good thing because the demand for our apps on Windows 8 continues to increase.”

SAP is also seeing an increase in demand for enterprise-class mobile healthcare solutions. To help meet that demand, they developed the SAP EMR Unwired mobile app for Windows 8 devices. 

“With Windows 8, we are able to provide our customers with a mobile app that allows clinicians to have instant access to information at the point of care, while at the same time meeting the healthcare organization’s need for easy and seamless integration into their existing landscape,” said Jan Korten, Solution Manager for Healthcare Providers at SAP.

When I asked Korten which Windows 8 features they found especially helpful in meeting health professionals’ needs, he said: “Windows 8 offers several user-friendly capabilities that enabled us to build our app in a way that would increase clinician productivity. We took full advantage of features like the semantic zoom, which helps health professionals view and navigate the large amounts of data that are in EMRs. We also took advantage of the split-screen capability so a clinician can view a patient document PDF side-by-side with SAP EMR Unwired, rather than having to leave the app.” 

To see just how easy it is to build Windows 8.1 applications, check out these webcasts:

Wednesday, February 19 - 8:00 am PST -  Designing and Developing Patient Apps in Windows 8  (ALS051)

Wednesday, March 5 - 8:00am PST - Designing and Developing Healthcare Rounding Apps on Windows 8  (ALS052)

And keep checking back here as we continue to share feedback from our partners about how Windows 8 is helping them to meet the ever-increasing demand for enterprise-class mobile healthcare solutions.

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Gareth Hall
Windows 8 lead, Microsoft Worldwide Health