HIMSS: Microsoft partners showcase new Windows 8.1 apps for healthcare

New apps help clinicians to collaborate and give instant access to electronic medical records

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on 25 February 2014
HIMSS: Microsoft partners showcase new Windows 8.1 apps for healthcare

Epic and AirStrip are among the Microsoft partners to have showcased their latest Windows 8.1 healthcare apps and devices at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society 2014 Annual Conference and Exhibition (HIMSS).

The apps and devices enable clinicians to seamlessly collaborate and have instant and fully functional access to electronic medical records (EMRs), electrocardiograms (EKGs) and more. They have also been deployed by many healthcare providers to improve care team collaboration and productivity, increase mobility, and enhance patient care and guidance.

“The healthcare industry is in a major period of transformation, so finding mobile solutions that can improve clinician productivity, empower patients to improve their health, and address the need to complement existing EMR systems is critical,” said Michael Robinson, vice president, US health and life sciences, Microsoft. “The solutions and developments being announced underscore how Microsoft technology can be used across various health settings to help clinicians practice patient-centred, team-based medicine and deliver higher-quality care to more people.”

Microsoft’s partners and customers unveiled a range of new enterprise solutions, apps and platforms to better integrate EMRs, improve productivity and engage patients in new ways by using a single mobile device or platform that runs all the programmes they need while on the move. These include:

  • Epic’s Hyperspace 2014 app, which is now compatible with Windows 8 tablets and ultrabooks on Internet Explorer 10 for EpicCare 2014 IU1. This allows clinicians to run Hyperspace directly on a Windows 8 tablet, enabling them to support physicians in inpatient and outpatient settings and manage clinical and revenue cycle workflows
  • The Allscripts Wand for TouchWorks EHR, powered by Windows 8.1, which is currently in use at Resurgens Orthopaedics in Atlanta. Allscripts Wand uses all of the navigation, 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. The app is able to run simultaneously on a desktop and a mobile device
  • UPMC and Caradigm’s Windows 8.1 tablet-based platform, which uses Surface Pro 2 devices to enable physicians to maintain patient and clinical workflow context while switching between different clinical apps at the point of care
  • AirStrip’s AirStrip ONE Cardiology app is a Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 mobile device cardiac care solution that recently became the first FDA-cleared clinician app for the Windows 8 platform. It allows doctors to evaluate EKGs quickly to determine if a patient suffered a heart attack and needs surgery. For the first time, the Windows 8.1 version of AirStrip ONE Cardiology makes an AirStrip app accessible on any device, including desktops, laptops, and wall-mounted or mobile workstations, as well as mobile devices.

HIMSS is taking place from 23-27 February at the Orange County Convention Centre in Orlando, Florida.

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