Healthcare and Medical News from around the Internet 6-22-2012

Microsoft® Surface® Tablet for EHR/EMR and Practice Management — Not the best option

Microsoft made a big announcement this week with the release of their Surface tablet computer to compete with the Apple® iPad®, and more directly the Google® Android® tablets. “We believe the RT-based [Windows RT® is the Windows 8® mobile browser] Surface tablet will prove to be only a modest challenger to iPad – most specifically in the enterprise, given the device’s support of Office,” wrote analyst Bryan Prohm of Cowen and Company. “Moreover, because iPad has proven to be popular with end users despite lacking Office support, we believe RT-based tablets are most likely to cannibalize enterprise PC sales (not iPad sales). We expect the Surface will expand the tablet market more than Android tablets have to date.”

The first drawback of the Surface tablet is with its connectivity. At least for now, the Surface will only be able to connect to the Internet via a Wi-Fi connection; while not as limiting as a desktop, it still defeats the mobility offered by using a tablet computer and tethers you to a Wi-Fi enabled location. The Surface’s big selling point, at least for design, seems to be its keyboard case. The keyboard case is a nice feature, but the iPad has had a similar keyboard available since the iPad 2’s release, with many preferring to simply use the touch screen. Microsoft, like Apple, has created a mobile version of its Windows 8 operating system, called Windows Real Time (Windows RT). There will likely be some stumbles and setbacks with Windows RT given both its and its parent’s (Windows 8) infancy; whereas both Safari® and mobile Safari have a proven, reliable track record with Apple and the various generations of iPads. In the world of healthcare, and for the general public, the Apple iPad reigns supreme among tablets.

For now we suggest sticking with the most popular tablet computer in the world; one that dominates both healthcare and home settings for doctors and the general public alike — the Apple iPad. Early adoption is all well and good, but you deserve a tablet computer that is proven and reliable, like the Apple iPad. The same principle holds true with EHR/EMR adoption. You owe it to your practice, patients, and yourself to choose EHR/EMR software that is tried and tested, and designed and built for the iPad and fingertip touch. Choose the best of both industries; choose MediTouch EHR® and Practice Management on the iPad.

Bryan Sivak Named New HHS CTO

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) named Bryan Sivak as their next Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Sivak will begin his new position as HHS CTO sometime next month when the current CTO, Todd Park, steps down to begin his new duties as the United States Federal Chief Technology Officer. Park was appointed to U.S. Federal CTO on March 9 by President Barrack Obama. We at HealthFusion® wish Bryan Sivak the best of luck and hope he continues the excellent work of his predecessor; the same goes for Todd Park in his new position at the federal level.