Mobile, one-touch access to patient information from multiple EMRs

13 December 2013 | Peter Jones, Industry Market Development Manager - Canada

The digitization of patient data offers tremendous benefits for clinicians—but only if they can view that patient data when and how they need to. Many times it’s scattered across hospital systems. When clinicians are at a patient’s bedside, or traveling between clinics, they don’t have time to wade through multiple systems. They need relevant patient information at their fingertips, on a device that—like them—is mobile.

That’s why it’s exciting to see how our partners are taking advantage of Windows 8 to tackle these challenges with mobile solutions for healthcare. One great example is the Windows 8.1 native VitalHub Chart app.

Designed by and for clinicians, VitalHub Chart provides a unified view of patient data from multiple clinical systems. VitalHub’s mobile solution accesses multiple EMRs, aggregates and organizes the data they contain, and presents relevant, integrated patient information to the clinician in a user-friendly interface. In other words, it does all the heavy lifting so clinicians can focus on patient care and not on the complexities of navigating complex clinical information systems.

I recently spoke with the CEO of VitalHub, Dr. Lisa Crossley, and here’s what she told me about why they chose to develop their mobile healthcare solution on Windows 8.1. “With VitalHub Chart on Windows 8.1 devices, physicians have ‘anytime, anywhere’ access to all the critical patient data they need to provide the best care possible, using the operating system they are already familiar and comfortable with. Windows 8.1 gives clinicians the freedom to switch between desktops and mobile devices, safely, seamlessly, and securely, knowing that everything is running on an operating system that is already part of their hospital's ecosystem.”

She added that Windows 8.1 allows clinicians to access their productivity tools such as Microsoft Office and Microsoft Lync, which support their constant need to multitask. For example, a clinician may be reviewing patient information using VitalHub and need to contact a colleague to ask a question about the patient’s treatment. The clinician can quickly do so by using Lync from his or her Windows 8.1 device. What’s more, if clinicians need to engage in deeper clinical workflows, they can open up clinical or other applications side-by-side with the VitalHub Chart app.

VitalHub Chart is a great example of how Windows 8 apps can help clinicians be more productive while they’re on the move—which they always are. It’s currently available for Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT devices.

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Peter Jones
Industry Market Development Manager - Canada

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Peter Jones | Industry Market Development Manager - Canada

Peter Jones joined Microsoft Canada in October 1999. He brings more than 24 years of experience in the information technology industry with a focus on strategic alliances and key solution integrators. Read more