Health Organizations Embrace Microsoft Mobility Solutions

24 February 2014 | Dr. Dennis Schmuland, Chief health strategy officer, U.S. Health and Life Sciences, Microsoft

While electronic medical record (EMR) adoption rates have soared to record highs in just three years, physician satisfaction and productivity seems to have precipitously tumbled despite massive IT investments in EMR solutions.

According to a recent IDC Health Insights physician survey, physicians cited two main reasons for the drop in productivity they experienced as a result of implementing EMRs: more time documenting and less time focusing on patient care. In fact, most physicians say that their EMRs are making them less productive than when they were using paper charts three years ago and that this is negatively impacting their business outlook.

That data paints a clear picture: clinicians need mobile technology solutions now that help them reclaim lost productivity by giving them full function access to their EMRs anywhere and anytime, and allow them to focus more time and attention on patient care. Microsoft’s family of devices, services, and partner solutions can help with that.

In fact, today at HIMSS, Microsoft announced how a range of health organizations, including EMR software leaders like Epic and AirStrip, are embracing apps, platforms, and solutions built on Microsoft Surface Pro, Windows 8.1, and Windows Embedded technology to optimize clinical productivity on the move, improve care team performance and collaboration, and enhance the patient care experience.

Below is an overview of some of the impressive solutions and developments that are available today, and you can read about each in more detail here. 

  • Epic’s Hyperspace 2014 app is now optimized for mobile Windows 8.1 tablets and ultrabooks on Internet Explorer 10 for its 2014 interim release. Windows 8 tablets are the first tablet form devices certified to run the full version of Epic’s Hyperspace.   
  • AirStrip’s AirStrip ONE® Cardiology app, the Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 mobile device cardiac care solution that allows doctors to evaluate an EKG much faster after a potential heart attack to know if a patient needs surgery, recently became the first FDA-cleared clinician app for the Windows 8.1 platform.
  • UPMC and Caradigm announced the development of a mobile Windows 8.1 tablet-based platform using Surface Pro 2 tablets that enables physicians to maintain patient and clinical workflow context while switching between different clinical apps at the point of care.
  • At HIMSS, Allscripts will be demonstrating its Allscripts Wand for TouchWorks EHR, powered by Windows 8.1, which is currently in use at Resurgens Orthopaedics in Atlanta, Ga. Allscripts Wand uses all of the navigation and voice and camera capabilities of the Windows 8.1 tablet to place orders, complete clinical documentation, take clinical photos, and update all aspects of the patient’s chart.
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital has purchased more than 250 Surface Pro devices and has standardized its executive team on Surface in order to provide clinicians with a modern user-face with its EMR system while allowing adherence to HIPAA and other strict security regulations.
  • Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) has implemented a Windows 8-based application dedicated to helping its visiting nurses provide better home health patient care experiences to new mothers associated with the Navy-Marine Corps. 
  • Aegis Living has equipped staff across many of their 30 senior living communities with Microsoft Surface Pro tablets to provide the highest level of resident care and the most productive medication administration to their residents.
  • Community Health Accreditation Partners (CHAP) is now using Surface Pro devices to support their new CHAP LinQ accreditation software and provide an important tool for site visitors to observe, interview and document information seamlessly while conducting their visits.
  • Billings Clinic is the first hospital to implement remote cabinet functionality by integrating Omnicell’s automated dispensing cabinets with Windows Embedded technology and a leading EMR system. 

Stay tuned for more updates on mobility momentum in healthcare and further news from Microsoft at HIMSS!

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Dr. Dennis Schmuland
Chief health strategy officer, U.S. Health and Life Sciences, Microsoft