Previously in this blog, we have discussed how mobile technologies are impacting the healthcare IT world and how the iPad mini conveniently fits into the pockets of standard lab coats that most medical professionals wear.
However, a recent ZDNet article written by Denise Amrich, a registered nurse and healthcare advisor for the U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute, suggests that Windows 8 could prove to be a very useful operating system for health IT systems.
Amrich starts off by saying that she owns and is very happy with both the iPad and iPhone and her husband enjoys using his Google Nexus 7 tablet. So, we know that this is not being written from the perspective of someone prioritizing their choice of personal device over what would best serve the industry.
"Windows 8, like Windows 7 before it, integrates beautifully with Windows server technologies. Windows 8 adds additional security features and works smoothly with Exchange, SharePoint, Windows 2008 and Windows 2012 Server," she writes. "Of particular interest to healthcare professionals, Windows 8 also supports Microsoft Lync secured messaging, so IM messages that go between medical professionals can be both instant and rock-solid secure."
She goes on to say that price and physical size and weight of tablets like the Surface Pro models are a significant hurdle to widespread industry adoption. Recently, it was announced that the Microsoft-built tablet would be sold in 64GB and 128GB configurations, priced at $899 and $999, respectively. They will also weigh just under two pounds.
However, with other manufacturers making their own Windows 8 tablets, the range of options should open up in the near future. Medical practices may choose to run their IT systems via Mac OS and iOS devices like the iPad mini, or they may choose a Windows 8 and Surface Pro – or another tablet – combination.
There's no universally correct choice, which is why it is so important to seek out high-quality healthcare IT support when making these decisions, especially from consultants familiar with both Apple and Microsoft technologies, including Windows server support.