Last September I posted a piece titled “What’s ahead for clinical computing”. In October I shared some of my thoughts on how Windows 7 and future operating systems would change the ways clinicians work with computers. More recently, I discussed in two different posts how cloud computing will improve the ways we document clinical encounters, access information and share it with each other and our patients.
Going back even further than last year, I produced a few videos predicting some of the ways Microsoft Surface computing would be used in healthcare. I first shared that information long before Surface was even commercially available as a product during one of my frequent visits with Microsoft Research. Later, I did another video with some of my colleagues to show how Surface was being used in the healthcare industry.
Today, I’m pleased to show you another video. I like this one in particular because it brings to life many of the attributes I discussed in my October blog post on what’s ahead for clinical computing. Clinicians are getting used to working with electronic medical record solutions of one kind or another. The ARRA HITECH act will drive the majority of physicians who’ve been sitting on the sidelines to get in the game. However, most physicians I know who are currently using an EMR think computer engineers and software developers could do a whole lot better in the design and user experience department. Innovations are very much needed to better serve the workflow requirements of the health industry and clinicians everywhere.
So please take a look at this video from Microsoft partner iLink Systems. If you happen to be a software developer of clinical systems, I hope this video will spark your imagination and find its way into your work. We owe it to the doctors and nurses who care for us, and to all patients under their care. Clinical computing needs to evolve from solutions that merely emulate the old paper record to truly transformational solutions that take advantage of digital data, connectivity, machine intelligence, data input options, and contemporary communication and collaboration capabilities.
Bill Crounse, MD Senior Director, Worldwide Health Microsoft