SAN DIEGO — Feb. 14, 2006 — The steadily growing number of Tablet PC solutions created by Microsoft partners and powered by Microsoft ® technologies is having a positive impact on patient lives, medical worker efficiency and the balance sheets of healthcare organizations, Microsoft Corp. today announced during the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2006 Annual Conference & Exhibition in San Diego.
Since the launch of Microsoft’s mobile software for Tablet PCs in 2004, the number of Microsoft partners creating mobile computing solutions for the healthcare industry — including industry partners such as Eclipsys Corp., Fujitsu Computer Systems Corp., Motion Computing Inc., Toshiba Corp. and many others — has rapidly grown to more than 60, extending Microsoft’s vision of a more connected and empowered healthcare ecosystem. Relying on the strengths and scalability of Microsoft Windows ® XP Tablet PC Edition, SQL Server™, .NET Web Services, Office XP Professional and other Microsoft technologies, these businesses have implemented Tablet PC and mobile solutions on a consistent platform across a broad cross-section of healthcare organizations, including thousands of hospitals, clinics, home health groups, visiting nurse services and others.
“With millions of healthcare workers needing mobile devices and more intuitive and powerful software for clinical practice, we’re excited by the positive impact and extensive reach our partners have achieved by leveraging Microsoft technologies to not only generate efficiencies and cost savings in healthcare but, most importantly, improve patient care,” said Bill Crounse, M.D., healthcare industry director at Microsoft.
“Flexible data input options, mobility and real-time access to information are just a few of the factors driving adoption of Tablet PCs in healthcare, because they allow clinicians to easily use point-of-care technologies within their desired practice patterns versus having to change their practice to fit within technology constraints,” said Joel French, vice president of healthcare and life sciences at Microsoft partner Motion Computing. “Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition combined with Motion’s family of award-winning slate Tablet PCs have together enabled tens of thousands of nurses, physicians and other clinicians to streamline clinical workflows, eliminate or reduce information latency, and improve patient care experiences.”
“Fujitsu has embraced Tablet PC on more form factors than any other manufacturer because we see the value it adds to the healthcare industry,” said Paul Moore, director of mobile product marketing at Fujitsu. “From touch screens to active digitizers, the diverse product line from Fujitsu delivers on the vision of Tablet PC. Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition provides a stable and reliable environment for deploying products, which is significantly contributing to its growing popularity in healthcare.”
Hospitals and healthcare organizations using Tablet PC solutions offer concrete proof of the primary benefits of greater efficiency, better patient care, and lower costs produced through mobile integration, collaboration and information-sharing in the clinical setting.
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