For Healthcare, Windows Picks a Bad Time for a Facelift
By my calculations, 2013 will be one of the trickiest years in tech since Y2K.
Why? Not because of EHRs, HIEs, or the other technology acronyms so familiar to healthcare executives. The biggest reason is the release of Windows 8, Microsoft's most radical rethink of Windows since Windows 95.
Windows remains the dominant OS in healthcare institutions, as at most organizations. The new interface-lift is expected as early as fall 2012, to be followed by a long period of upgrades and retraining. Gone will be the familiar overlapping windows and pull-down menus so familiar to Windows users since way, way back. (I used Windows 3.0 back in 1990, so I'm a longtime menu puller-downer.)
Replacing this will be the radically new Metro user interface, where applications are tiled but not overlapping, where menus and mouse movements give way largely to gestures and touch-driven commands to make applications maximize, minimize, and do cool stuff.
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