March 5, 2014 — At HIMSS14, Microsoft Corp. showcased a range of health organizations, including Epic and AirStrip, that have improved care team collaboration and productivity, expanded mobility and enhanced patient care through Windows 8.1 devices and apps, and Windows Embedded solutions. With the Windows 8.1 platform of clinical-grade devices, apps and services, including Microsoft Surface, mobile care teams can: communicate with each other via a variety of methods; gain access to full-function electronic medical records (EMRs) from anywhere at any time; and use U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) -cleared clinician apps to deliver mobile-based care and guidance.
Microsoft's partners and customers demonstrated solutions, apps and platforms to integrate EMRs, improve productivity and engage patients using a single mobile device or platform.
EMRs Apps and Platforms
- Epic's Hyperspace 2014 app is now compatible for mobile Windows 8 tablets and ultrabooks on Internet Explorer 10 for EpicCare 2014 IU1 (Interim Update). This compatibility supports physicians in inpatient and outpatient settings to manage clinical and revenue cycle workflows.
- Allscripts demonstrated its 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 can run simultaneously on a desktop and a mobile device.
- UPMC and Caradigm developed a mobile Windows 8.1 tablet-based platform using Surface Pro 2 devices enabling physicians to maintain patient and clinical workflow context while switching between different clinical apps at the point of care.
Patient Engagement Clinician Productivity Apps and Solutions
- AirStrip's AirStrip One Cardiology app is a Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 mobile device cardiac care solution. It is a 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. The Windows 8.1 version of AirStrip One Cardiology makes an AirStrip app accessible on any form factor, including desktops, laptops, wall-mounted or mobile workstations and mobile devices.
- Seattle Children's Hospital purchased more than 250 Surface Pro devices and has standardized its executive team on Surface. Microsoft Surface Pro enables Seattle Children's Hospital to provide clinicians with a modern user interface while also allowing adherence to HIPAA and other strict security regulations. Microsoft leveraged the Microsoft Application Acceleration Program (MAAP) and partnered with a business partner, VitalHub, on the development of a modern touch application. The VitalHub application, combined with Microsoft Surface Pro, allows Seattle Children's staff to view and have basic levels of simple order entry through a touch-enabled interface.
- Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society implemented a Windows 8-based application on Surface devices. It is used to help visiting nurses provide better home-health patient care experiences for new mothers associated with the Navy-Marine Corps. The application — developed by Microsoft Consulting Services — enables visiting nurses and other mobile caregivers to meet with new mothers and their babies to assess the care they are receiving. NMCRS's 55 visiting nurses each receive a Surface tablet to access patient EMRs in near-real time, facilitate faster communication with other clinicians and physicians and easily answer health-related questions during visits.
- Billings Clinic, a 285-bed hospital in Billings, Mont., is the first hospital to partner with Omnicell Inc. to implement remote cabinet functionality. By integrating Omnicell's automated dispensing cabinets with Windows Embedded technology and an EMR system, Billings Clinic can streamline medication administration processes and ensure pharmacists deliver the right medications to patients safely and efficiently.
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