Seattle Children’s Hospital selects Surface Pro 3

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 30 May 2014
Seattle Children’s Hospital selects Surface Pro 3

Seattle Children’s Hospital has selected the Surface Pro 3 as the organisation’s laptop replacement.

The hospital has committed to purchasing and deploying the device, which was unveiled at a press event in New York last week.

In a video blog post, staff from the hospital explained the benefits that the Surface Pro 3 will bring to their working methods, and how the design is particularly suited to the hospital environment. 

“One of the bigger pushes we’re getting from our clinicians is that push to mobility,” said Wes Wright, senior vice president and CIO of Seattle Children’s Hospital. “Surface pro 3 is going to be our laptop replacement. We looked at weight, battery life, application compatibility, and it was kind of a no-brainer for us.”

The Surface Pro 3 features a kickstand, optional type cover and multiple ports, meaning the device can be used in a desktop or tablet style with ease. Hospital staff now have a device that is flexible enough to suite their dynamic working environment.

“Surface Pro 3 brings that desktop-like experience to a mobile device,” said Wright. “I had my chief medical information officer access our clinical record via our virtual desktop, and the screen size on the Surface Pro 3 allows our physicians to see more data at one time. The big differentiator for the Surface Pro 3 is instead of the providers having to go to a workstation and type, we can keep them in the surface, with a microphone, walking around, dictating into the electronic medical record.”

The new deployment provides clinicians and other staff with the full scope of the Microsoft suite, including OneNote and PowerPoint, which are frequently used with patients.

“One of the really attractive features to me was the pen option,” said Dr. Maida Chen, medical doctor, Sleeping disorders, Seattle Children’s Hospital. “When we have very quickly evolving situations with patients, jotting down notes is still the way most clinicians go. The fact that we can electronically do it with the ease of a pen and something that is incredibly responsive and have electronic capture of that data is something that would revolutionise our practice here. 

“The potential for expansion into the clinical world, that’s what the Surface Pro 3 gives me, versus just replacing laptops,” added Wright.

The full video can be found here.

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