In an article last week from Healthcare IT News, Editor-in-Chief Tom Sullivan shares information about the features of Windows 10 that are specifically tailored to healthcare settings.
Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, keeps speaking of the "One Windows" strategy, which will give hospitals that ability to consolidate various devices onto Windows 10. However, until that day comes, Microsoft has incorporated some healthcare-focused functionality into the new operating system (OS).
For example, clinicians will be able to "snap together" different apps in order to view a patient's Electronic Medical Record (EMR) next to a home health app. A Power BI capability can help clinicians manage quality of care data and use a Power Map to develop population health statistics. Existing Microsoft programs including Office 365, SharePoint and Skype can also be used for information sharing and care management.
As the new OS becomes more established and is rolled out across mobile and other devices, new healthcare capabilities will also be revealed. For example, Dartmouth-Hitchcock is already using Cortana Analytics Suite tools in personalized medicine projects. According to the article, "That's just a taste and Microsoft said that it will be showing more of Windows 10 health capabilities moving forward".
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