How many times have I heard from my physician colleagues that their computer and electronic medical record are getting in the way of patient care. By that they mean, coming between them and their patients. If you have ever used a clinical workstation in the exam room or even a laptop, both you and your patient may feel that the computer is an unwelcome intrusion in the doctor-patient relationship. That’s because a paper chart that you might hold in your hand, write down a few notes in, or reference now and then as you interview your patient, just feels more natural. In fact, some exam room computer set-ups actually require the physician to have his/her back to the patient during their use.
A new generation of tablet computers is addressing this problem by giving clinicians an experience that is much more akin to holding and referencing an old fashioned chart, but with all the amenities of a robust, enterprise class electronic solution. These “clinical grade” tablet computers are as capable as a desktop replacement as they are a highly mobile, clinical companion in the exam room.
Recently we asked a friend and colleague of mine, Dr. Ed Zabrek, to elaborate a bit on why he thinks his Surface Pro computer is exactly what’s needed in clinical medicine. Dr. Zabrek is a practicing OB-GYN who is affiliated with a healthcare system using Epic’s popular electronic medical record. Listen to him explain why Surface + Epic is one heck of a great “better together” story for clinical workflow.
If you like what you see, hurry on down to your Microsoft Store for a hands-on demo, or go on-line to take advantage of a special, limited-time offer for clinicians. But hurry, this offer expires on March 15.
Bill Crounse, MD Senor Director, Worldwide Health Microsoft