4 Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Benefits for Healthcare Professionals

September 25, 2014
Quincy Johnson


Quincy Johnson

Digital Marketing Specialist at SoftwareONE | Linkedin

Microsoft unveiled Surface Pro 3 earlier this year with an emphasis towards business productivity. Although the Surface Pro 3 can be used effectively for personal use, its true strength resides in its ability to function as the next-generation BYOD solution for enterprises. Its powerful specifications alongside its malleable portability supplies users who are regularly “on-the-run” with a device capable of fulfilling their on-the-go needs.

Who embodies this “on-the-go” mentality more suitably than healthcare professionals? Bouncing between patient visits at rapid fire, the Surface Pro 3 streamlines physicians’ ability to meet with more patients in a tighter timeframe without sacrificing the interpersonal relationships we as patients desire of our health advisors. Below are 4 reasons why the Surface Pro 3 is the quintessential device for healthcare professionals.

1.  3rd Party Application Integration

One of the greatest advantages the Surface Pro 3 has over its competitors is its integration with enterprise software. Since it has the physical prowess of a tablet and the brain of a laptop, the Surface Pro 3 can handle the most demanding applications with ease.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center developed their own state-of-the-art application titled “Convergence.” This innovative application allows physicians quick access to the most important information they need about every patient they see. According to Shivdev Rao, MD, Cardiologist for UPMC, the previous electronic medical records (EMR) system consumed too much of their valuable time that could be better allocated to patient care. With Convergence – a Windows 8 application developed in-house – UPMC physicians can now take their EMR system with them on the go via the Surface Pro 3. Furthermore, the Surface works seamlessly with legacy systems and allows the physicians to effortlessly retrieve content from their previous EMR system while the Surface automatically contextualizes the information.

Prior to utilizing the Surface Pro 3, UPMC spent close to a year trying to develop the same application for the iPad but was dismayed when they discovered limitations in certain key functionalities. Since the iPad was non-compatible with legacy systems, they could only view Convergance via “read-only” PDF and couldn’t type information directly into the system. Instead, physicians would have to loop around through a separate Citrix session, or return to their desktop to record EHR data – eliminating the purpose of the intended BYOD strategy altogether.

Surface Pro 3 addressed and resolved each of these issues, making it the ideal enterprise BYOD solution.

2.  Adherence to HIPAA, PHI, and other Healthcare Security Regulations

Since the Surface supports legacy systems via Windows 8, Surface Pro 3 is the ideal device for concerned healthcare IT Administrators who cringe at the thought of implementing BYOD. Naturally, this concern has its merits as a person could easily walk out of the building with a notebook-sized database of confidential patient information; as long as the appropriate BYOD protocols have been implemented, then IT can quickly wipe or lock the device should it go missing.

3.  Electronic Note Taking with Instant Upload to the Cloud

In partnership with VitalHub, a commercial mobile EMR similar to the above mentioned Convergence,2,000 Surface Pro 3’s have been deployed to Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH) to enhance the organization’s caregiving process.

Leveraging Microsoft OneNote and then uploading those notes into the cloud for cross-physician use provides significant value-add for many physicians. SCH’s Medical Director of Sleep Disorders Dr. Maida Chen illuminates this further, “One of the really attractive features was the stylus pen. When we have evolving situations with patients, jotting down notes is still the way most clinicians operate. The fact that we can electronically [record data] with the ease of the pen, on [a screen] that is incredibly responsive, and have electronic capture of that data is something that revolutionizes our practice here at SCH.”

4.  State-of-the-Art Hardware Matched with Portability

As mentioned throughout, the Surface Pro 3’s greatest advantage resides in its laptop-tablet hybridization. Furthermore, since it operates on the Windows OS, large organizations and enterprises can leverage their legacy systems on the Surface without stressing over implementation compatibility. Some physical and internal specifications of the device that benefit healthcare professionals include:

  • 9 hours of battery life which ensures longer portability timeframes for physicians
  • Multi-position kickstand to provide workplace comfort anytime, anywhere
  • A range of Intel Core processors from i3 to i7, storage capacity from 64GB to 512GB, and RAM options between 4GB and 8GB.
  • 12.1” screen displaying 2160 x 1440 resolution and capable of positioning three applications side-by-side
  • Impressive physical dimensions, weighing 1.76 pounds and measuring .36” thick. Bear in mind this is a TABLET with the computing power of a top-end LAPTOP!
  • Docking station (displayed below) capable of turning this tablet-laptop hybrid into a full-fledged desktop PC (healthcare portable table not included)

The Surface Pro 3 is helping healthcare professionals innovate their physician-patient interactions. Simply put, the idea is to trim their busy work so they can spend more time doing what matters – helping their patients live healthy, productive lives.

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