Everything fit for purpose: A new approach to device standardisation

Microsoft’s Richard Shipton knows a thing or two about public sector IT, having spent time working as a CTO in the UK government. At the recent Government Mobility conference, he told attendees that during his time in service, he began to notice a pattern. When a new employee started, they were presented with a standard-issue…

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Healthcare industry welcomes Surface Pro 3, UPMC among early adopters

This post was written by Cyril Belikoff and originally appeared here.  When we looked to develop the Surface Pro 3, we gathered feedback from commercial customers in many walks of life. They wanted an awesome laptop that was thin and light, had great battery life, good performance, and a brilliant screen. “Oh, and we want to replace…

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The missing piece in NHS trusts' mobile device strategy

When hospitals think about mobility, they think about devices. Tablets or laptops? Phones or phablets? This brand or that? And it’s easy see why. The hardware is shiny and new – it has a cool factor that most IT purchases will never have. But finding the right device is only half the equation. Whether you’re…

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How to switch your office to modern devices for a fraction of the usual cost

How old is the smartphone you’ve got in your pocket? 6 months? A year?  Most people go a maximum of two years between upgrades, changing phones every time they sign a new mobile plan. What about the computer or tablet you use at home? Is it built from obsolete hardware or loaded with ancient programs?…

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Bringing mobile, social, and health together to improve care

When you think Microsoft Office, you might be thinking Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The new Office is so much more. It’s personalised, cloud-connected, and enables productivity and collaboration scenarios in health that simply weren’t possible before. Over the next few weeks on our Worldwide Health blog, I’ll cover the highlights of the new Microsoft Office…

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“Communities are generous”: Enterprise social networking in healthcare

Social networking has a chequered reputation in healthcare circles, but a new breed of secure, highly available and easily managed Enterprise Social Networks is giving clinicians, healthcare organisations and patients a whole new environment in which to communicate, engage and drive outcomes. The idea of medical professionals using social networks generally causes the hackles of…

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‘Follow-me’ technology gives clinicians more time for patients

Even in digitally advanced hospitals, clinicians regularly complain about tardy access to patient data – which is hardly surprising since most of it is scattered around the trust in remote silos and departmental systems. Paul Curran reports on one trust that has solved this challenge – and restored its employees’ faith in ICT. Complex data…

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My week of quantified self: day five

It is the last day of my quantified self week, I’ve been using a pedometer, blood pressure monitor and WiFi scales to keep track of my body data, while tracking all of this in Microsoft’s Health Vault tool. Through using the web dashboard and Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps, it has been really simple…

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My week of quantified self: day four

Weight & blood pressure It is the penultimate day of my quantified self challenge, using Health Vault to track data, and following a lazy day yesterday I have made sure to be more active today. Starting with a run just after I woke up, a cycle to work and then a session at the gym,…

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