Top Healthcare Organizations Embrace Windows 8 to Advance Patient Care

Mon Mar 4, 2013 9:00am EST

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At HIMSS13, providers such as Pediatric Associates showcase promise of Windows 8
to meet the productivity, collaboration and security needs of the healthcare
NEW ORLEANS,  March 4, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- At the HIMSS13 Annual Conference
and Exhibition, Microsoft Corp. today announced new healthcare customers and
partners that showcased Windows 8 solutions as part of a comprehensive approach
to meeting mobility, productivity and collaboration goals within hospital and
practice settings. With more than 850 health apps currently in the Windows Store
available to healthcare providers, Windows 8 offers a platform for the next
generation of apps poised to change the way the healthcare organizations connect
with each other and patients, enabling a more integrated and patient-centric
health system.


"Healthcare organizations are under increasing pressure to deliver improved
quality of care, provide better access for more patients and lower costs, while
tackling productivity and workforce shortage challenges," said  Michael
Robinson, general manager, U.S. Health and Life Sciences, Microsoft. "Microsoft
offers the necessary secure communication, collaboration and workflow
technologies that complement existing EHR solutions, transforming the practice
of medicine from provider-centered piecework to patient-centered teamwork."  

Microsoft is collaborating with Intel and Cleveland Clinic to explore
proof-of-concept deployments of Windows 8 line-of-business apps in a clinical
setting. Cleveland Clinic is exploring the capabilities of Windows 8 and new
Intel-powered mobile devices that enable clinicians to view a risk-stratified
list of patients and call up their latest medical information.

"For constantly multitasking clinicians, the Windows 8 interface offers
flexibility to use both the touch screen and keyboard on a range of fast,
powerful new Intel-based mobile devices," said  Mark Blatt, M.D., medical
director for Intel's worldwide health IT group. "Healthcare organizations no
longer need to compromise when it comes to mobile health workflows because
today's innovative designs enable clinicians to instantly convert from tablet to
laptop mode."   

Pediatric Associates recognizes the continuing need to provide innovative ways
in delivering key medical information to our providers while caring for
patients. This pilot enables them to meet this need by seamlessly delivering
protected health information in the Greenway PrimeMOBILE app via Windows 8
devices wherever the clinician or patient may be.  

"As a physician-owned practice with seven clinical locations and over 80
providers seeing 250,000 patient visits per year, we are focused on leveraging
technology as a tool in providing quality patient care. Through our partnership
with Microsoft, Intel and Greenway, we engaged in a pilot project to assess the
potential of Windows 8, in combination with Greenway's PrimeMOBILE EHR app, in
supplying a mobile solution to an ever-growing mobile patient demographic," said
 Brock Morris, chief information officer, Pediatric Associates Inc., PS.
"Through the intuitive nature and enhanced security of Windows 8 and the
PrimeMOBILE app, our providers can gain ready access to the patient's full
medical chart, providing a tremendous help to our patients by taking the burden
off the family and by allowing our physicians to efficiently and accurately
access the necessary medical information regardless of the point of care."

Windows 8 and its broad network of apps, which are inherently secure, are
bringing value to healthcare providers by connecting enterprise apps and
consumer experiences together in a way that is unique to the industry. Microsoft
and its partner ecosystem unveiled a range of new enterprise apps that connect
to Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), apps for mobile physicians and nurses to
access Clinical Reference information and Business to Consumer apps aimed at
empowering consumers to better manage their health.

Electronic Medical Record  Apps

Clinicians and nurses are leveraging Electronic Medical Record (EMR) apps to
access patient information securely in a healthcare setting, allowing them to
make more informed decisions about patient health, collaborate more effectively
across teams and improve the overall health outcomes of patients.

* Greenwaydeveloped the  PrimeMOBILE app  for Windows 8, which provides complete
remote access to patient data housed in Greenway's EHR solution, allowing
providers to view patient history and problem lists, progress notes, and
appointment schedules encompassing a healthcare provider's entire patient
population in a secure manner. PrimeMOBILE, a business-to-business app, gives
physicians and other clinicians access to the most-common functionality of the
Greenway PrimeSUITE EHR.

"To truly deliver the most effective care possible, providers need anywhere,
anytime access to comprehensive information," said  Johnathan Samples, executive
vice president, research & development, Greenway Medical. "PrimeMOBILE allows
physicians and other caregivers to easily and securely leverage the rich patient
data within our PrimeSUITE EHR solution as they direct care from virtually any
location. With the growing popularity of Windows 8, we're pleased to deliver
this access on the Windows 8 platform so our providers have another
user-friendly tool, working together to improve population health."

* Pariscribe's Windows 8 EMR business-to-business app,  the  EMR  Surface,
transforms the clinical documentation process. "The tile-based UX design and
incorporation of core contracts native to Windows 8 have enabled our development
of a feature-rich application that transcends the typical user experience in the
medical applications," said  Manny Abraham, president and CEO of Pariscribe.
"Pariscribe clinical documentation leverages all the advantages that Windows 8
and touch-enabled mobile devices can offer customers who want a more
user-friendly system."   
* MazikCARE, a business-to-business app for Windows 8, is the fully integrated
EMR solution for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Available as a hosted or cloud
solution, the MazikCARE Windows 8 app delivers full healthcare IT functionality,
including ambulatory and inpatient processing, revenue cycles, medical billing,
scheduling, and more. MazikCARE is an intuitive Windows 8 app that cuts down on
employee training time, lowers costs, increases return on investment and is the
only EMR/ERP solution offering full Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 capability on
Windows 8.

Further, EMR providers from Epic to AllScripts are showcasing their integration
with Windows 8 at HIMSS.

Clinical Reference Apps

Physicians are constantly on the go, moving between patients and from the
hospital to the physicians' offices. Clinical reference apps enable physicians
to access information and make evidence-based recommendations about patient

* UpToDate  allows providers to find clinical answers at the point of care or
anywhere they need them by allowing them to access current, synthesized clinical
information from UpToDate, including evidence-based recommendations, quickly and
easily on a Windows 8 phone or Windows 8 tablet.  
* The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality developed a Windows 8 version
of its  Electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS)  app, which is designed
to help primary care clinicians identify the screening, counseling and
preventive medication services that are appropriate for their patients. ePSS
brings information on clinical preventive services that clinicians need,
recommendations, clinical considerations, and selected practice tools, to the
point of care.

Consumer Health Apps

Windows 8 applications are also empowering patients to be more engaged as active
participants in their own health.

* Johnson & Johnson Services Inc. has partnered with Microsoft on the launch of
the  Digital Health Scorecard app  for Windows 8. The Scorecard aims to address
the growing prevalence of chronic diseases around the world by introducing the
concept of a personal health score. The health score is a new, consumer-friendly
metric that can be quickly calculated by answering just seven questions about
essential health behaviors and measures. It's like a "credit score" for your
health. "The app helps people recognize where they currently stand with their
health," said  Michael Weinberger, director of Marketplace Innovation at Johnson
& Johnson. "But just as important, it gives them the critical insight they need
to have conversations with their doctor and begin making the changes that can
lead to longer, healthier, happier lives."  
* The  CDC application  is a way for consumers to access health information at
their fingertips, featuring important health articles, popular journals, timely
updates and access to social media to coincide with important health concerns
and events that consumers can use to protect their lives and loved ones.  
* Mayo Clinic offers a free app called  Mayo Clinic on Pregnancy, which is
available in the Windows Store. Available for desktop, laptop and tablet users
on the Windows 8 platform, Mayo Clinic on Pregnancy is a trustworthy guide to
pregnancy, childbirth and baby's first three months. It was developed by Mayo
Clinic to leverage the medical and lifestyle expertise of a team of Mayo's
pregnancy experts in obstetrics and gynecology, genetics, nutrition, midwifery,
and lactation.

"Getting pregnant and becoming a parent are among the most significant
experiences in a person's life and can be overwhelming," said  Roger Harms,
M.D., a Mayo Clinic specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, and senior medical
director for operations in Mayo Clinic's Global Business Solutions division.
"Windows 8 provided an easy-to-use platform for Mayo Clinic to develop an app to
guide consumers from conception to delivery, and see them through the first
three months with their newborn to give them peace of mind and enhance their
sense of wonder throughout the experience."

* A  MicrosoftHealthVault  app for Windows 8 will soon be available to consumers
in the Windows Store. HealthVault enables consumers to collect, store and
securely share their personal health information, and connects to hundreds of
third-party services and devices that make it easy to keep that information up
to date. The new app brings this critical family information to life with a
modern, touch-first user experience on Surface and other Windows 8 devices.

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