New features of Windows 8 to benefit health care organizations
Microsoft has outlined some features of its recently launched operating system Windows 8 that can benefit health organizations in the areas of security, productivity and collaboration. According to a Microsoft executive, the new features in Windows 8 will enable health care organizations to secure health data and increase collaboration among care providers.
According to Microsoft, Windows 8 will enable health care organizations to transfer and share data across devices, from a workstation to a tablet, phone or PC. “Devices and applications have been slow to meet the productivity and security requirements of the health care industry. Windows 8 will enable these professionals as well as teams to be productive and collaborate with each other,” said Dennis Schmuland, chief health strategy officer for U.S. Health and Life Sciences at Microsoft.
There is a shortage of physicians and nurses, therefore the health care industry needs better collaborative tools for providers and new ways to manage health risks, according to Schmuland. “We think Windows 8 is going to radically change the way these interactions occur,” he said.
Schmuland suggested that convertible Windows 8-powered tablet PCs, such as Microsoft Surface or the Panasonic Toughbook, and from computer brands, like Fujitsu and Lenovo, could provide the productivity and flexibility that providers need. The tablets enable health professionals to collaborate by voice, instant messaging, secure e-mail or texting. These communication capabilities could eliminate the need to respond to pagers, Schmuland noted. In addition, Windows 8 brings better protection against data breaches as well as viruses and malware posing serious threats to medical equipment.
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