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Windows 8 Gets Its Foot in Healthcare's Door

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, April 9, 2013

"All of it adds to the ability to honor the autonomy of the clinician, how do you best work taking care of patients," says Josephine Young MD, chief operating officer of Pediatric Associates.

Now I'll be honest, Pediatric Associates was brought to my attention by Microsoft. Its business is in Microsoft's backyard, the greater Seattle region. But consider the first-mover advantage for the firm if Windows 8 endures. It has the ear of one of the first EHRs for Windows that looks past mouse-clicks and towards touch and gesture.

As Greenway's software matures, the workflow preferences of Pediatric Associates will make a bigger imprint than those of customers who come later. The more mature a piece of EHR software gets, the less influence later customers have on its design and development. (See: Epic.)

Windows 8 is it
So, if you are a Windows-powered provider through-and-through, it's probably time to give Windows 8 a look. Remember that on April 8, 2014, just 12 months from now, Microsoft will officially stop supporting and patching Windows XP. While Windows 7 isn't going away anytime soon, there are still thousands or millions of XP machines running in hospitals or doctors' offices, and it won't make sense to upgrade them to Windows 7 this year. Windows 8 is it.

Because of Windows Vista and Windows 7, a long freight train of older Windows versions will continue to trail the current version, much of it determined by when older PCs wear out, or any number of other factors not directly related to the mission of the healthcare provider.

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