Microsoft City Next: 10 essentials for successful mobile application development

By Declan Grogan, Managing Director, NDL Software Mobile ‘line of business’ applications offer huge organisational benefits through cost savings, cleaner data and service efficiencies. In the public sector, there is now widespread acceptance that mobile working supports the dual aims of better service delivery and reduced costs. But adoption is not happening as quickly as…

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Disrupting and Destructing Healthcare

From childhood most of us remember the sage parental advice on how to deal with bullies–“sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me”. Of course, we all know that words do hurt, maybe not physically, but they certainly take a toll on our psyche. These days in planning meetings at…


Healthcare innovation and discovery in Eastern Canada

This post originally ran here on 19 March. This week I’m travelling in Eastern Canada or more specifically the greater Toronto area. I’m came to speak at a healthcare executive roundtable event organized by my Microsoft colleagues who manage our health business in Canada. It was also an opportunity to catch up with some of our customers…


Project Sienna lets you build an app today with no code and no cost

Have you ever tried to learn a foreign language? Did you find it a little frustrating? Did you find yourself asking questions like, “Why do I need to learn the subjunctive tense for all these irregular verbs?” Did you ever wish you could just learn how to ask for directions to your hotel, without having…


Nice Guidance comes to Windows 8, thanks to Cloud2

Where can you go to get evidence-based, best-in-class guidance for promoting wellbeing and preventing ill health? Simple: just check your Windows 8.1 device. Whether you’re working at a NHS trust, a local authority, a volunteer group or any other organisation involved in delivering care, access to guidance from The National Institute for Health and Care…


Video: Welsh language option comes to Microsoft Translate

Healthcare providers know the importance of clear communication. When a patient is explaining symptoms or a doctor is laying out treatment options, it’s vital everyone be on the same page. In Wales, clear communication is doubly important, as care providers need to be able to serve both English- and Welsh-speaking patients. When a doctor can…


Don’t believe the hype: Get the facts about secure software for government

You may have spotted some attention-grabbing headlines recently, talking about how “Operating System Z is the only one approved for secure use in government!” or “Operating System Y is the most secure OS for government ever!” It’s not true. The reality is government’s security arm, CESG, doesn’t “approve” operating systems for use, nor do they…


Beyond gaming: Watch how Kinect helps surgeons in the operating room

It might have started out at as an add-on for the Xbox 360, but the Kinect is way more than a gaming tool. It’s a sophisticated, gesture- and voice- tracking sensor with a variety of practical applications. Don’t take my word for it. Watch how a surgeon uses a Kinect in the operating to examine…


Microsoft CityNext: Exploring the gamification of patient care

Dr. Bibhas Roy is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon (shoulder & elbow), Trafford General Hospital, Central Manchester Foundation Trust in Manchester. Patient-centred outcomes are those that are patient generated, reported and valued. This is particularly the case in the specialist field of orthopaedic surgery where encouraging patients to take responsibility for their own rehabilitation is vital to…


Do you know how to clean your Surface for use in a clinical environment?

More and more doctors are discovering all the ways that Microsoft Surface devices can help improve productivity in a clinical environment. Surface devices are powerful, portable and flexible. The Surface’s screen is meant to be touched – but in a healthcare setting, it’s important to ensure all mobile devices are cleaned regularly so all that touching doesn’t lead…