Healthcare vendor UPMC selects 2000 Surface Pro 3 tablets over Apple iPad

UPMC, a healthcare delivery and financing system in Pittsburgh, U.S., has selected to deploy 2000 Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablets over Apple iPad.

Physicians at the healthcare delivery and financing system will utilize Microsoft Surface Pro 3 devices to access patient information on their Convergence application.

“We originally spent about a year trying to develop the application on the iPad. What we found was that it was not going to work in the enterprise setting. We weren’t able to achieve a lot of the functionality– such as interfacing with the legacy systems– that we could achieve with the Surface on Windows 8,” said Rebecca Kaul, CIO, UPMC.

The doctors found that Apple iPad app would be read-only and they would still have to go back to their EHR to record data.

Cyril Belikoff, senior director – Microsoft Surface, in a blog post, said: “From Intel Core processors to enterprise level data security to the ability be sanitized between patient encounters, clinical grade devices promise the performance. Before deploying tablets in your organization, it’s important to make sure the devices you’re considering are clinical grade.”

Microsoft Surface 3 for healthcare

Earlier, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) has implemented a Windows 8 app on Surface dedicated to helping its visiting nurses provide better home health patient care experiences to new mothers associated with the Navy Marine Corps.

Aegis Living, a vendor offering senior assisted living and memory care facilities, has tapped Surface tablets to help them with resident care and medication administration—achieving savings of over 11,000 hours per year.

Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP), the nation’s oldest community-based accrediting body, utilizes Surface Pro devices with its site visitors to observe, interview and document information seamlessly while conducting their visits.

Large enterprises such as BMW, Coca Cola, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, and Avanade, have adopted Surface Pro 3, even before it is available in market.

Seattle Children’s Hospital has selected Surface Pro 3 to replace their existing laptops. “Surface Pro 3 is going to be our laptop replacement,” said Wes Wright, CIO of Seattle Children’s Hospital.

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