Windows 7 Assists Healthcare Companies with Patient Care

Windows 7 Assists Healthcare Companies with Patient Care

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This week, the Healthcare IT Conference and Exhibition 2010 (HIMSS) takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, where hundreds of educational exhibits will be on hand to showcase the latest in healthcare technology. While Microsoft is showcasing a variety of new solutions and health applications for improved collaboration with doctors, care facilities and patients (more on the conference here), we also wanted to share a few healthcare customers who are seeing the benefits from Microsoft technology and Windows 7 deployment. Particularly within the high-speed environment of a healthcare facility, boosts in increased productivity, time savings and easier manageability are of utmost importance for staff and the patients they work with – we’re very excited to help make this possible.

Sinofi-avantis: Sanofi-aventis, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, wanted its 100,000 employees around the world to have the most current operating system on their desks so that they could communicate and innovate – which is why they chose Windows 7. Employees will be better able to help the business fulfill its transformation goals by tapping into the latest productivity and collaboration technologies.

Darryl Corum, Senior Director of Client Engineering Services at Sanofi-aventis:

I am convinced that the improved performance of Windows 7, combined with the higher performance of new solid-state disk drives, will drive productivity up and costs down. Startup and shutdown times are greatly reduced, performance penalties from data fragmentation have been eliminated, disk failure rates are expected to be reduced, and lower power consumption results in longer battery life in portable computers. This all contributes to an improved user experience. End users are excited at the increased responsiveness of their PCs.

F. Hoffman – La Roche: Based in Basel, Switzerland, F. Hoffmann-La Roche is a leader in researched-focused healthcare. As part of its IT plan to simplify its computing environment, the company upgraded users’ computers to the Windows 7 operating system. As a result, Roche is benefiting from enhanced IT security, streamlined IT management, increased system performance, and an improved user experience.

Dieter Reichert, Program Manager of Workplace Solutions at Roche:

(With Windows 7) Employees don’t have to worry about manually synchronizing their data—it’s now synchronized automatically, and users have access even when they are disconnected from the network. This is a big win for our users.

Partners HealthCare: Boston’s Center for Connected Health, a division of the Partners HealthCare medical network, recently found they needed to create a flexible technology platform to help patients manage chronic conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension, outside traditional medical facilities. Using a mix of Microsoft products and Software plus Service solutions (with plans to roll out Windows 7 this summer), Partners HealthCare was able to provide a communications gateway for patients and healthcare providers to collaborate on treatment programs.

Douglas McClure, Corporate Manager for Technology and Operations at the Center for Connected Health:

Using software-plus-services, we were able to develop the Connected Health Care Suite relatively quickly without going through a huge, time-consuming evaluation of all the products on the market and trying to figure out how to integrate them into our solution. Instead, Microsoft technologies and the software-plus-services approach allow the CHCS to plug in to existing systems and devices with ease.

RehabCare Group: RehabCare Group, which plans to roll out Windows 7 this year as well, provides rehabilitation program management services for more than 1,200 facilities across the United States with 150 specialized applications and 2,500 desktop and laptop PCs among a highly mobile staff. With Microsoft Application Virtualization and System Center Configuration Manager, RehabCare cut the time for large-scale deployments of new applications from weeks to less than one day, delivered application updates 80 percent faster for a savings of 1,200 IT staff hours per year, improved asset tracking, and enhanced reliability and service for widely dispersed employees. With all this increased productivity, therapists could more easily focus on the most important piece of their day – their patients.

Mike Brimberry, Lead Systems Engineer for RehabCare Group:

Using Microsoft application virtualization and management technologies has had a huge impact. By helping us streamline and strengthen key processes, Microsoft enables us to efficiently handle the needs of a growing business.

For more information on Windows 7 for large, medium or small businesses, check out our business site, or read more enterprise company case studies or SMB case studies. We also have a resource dedicated to IT professionals: the Springboard Series on TechNet offers information, tools and guidance for migrating to Windows 7.

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  • The seven windows was certainly the best product ever released by microsoft.

  • I fully agree with Migration Expert.

  • I think CIOs and other managers should pay close attention to Mr. Corum's comments. Forget the security and management benefits afforded by Windows 7; there's a huge boost in employee satisfaction that comes from getting new gear with a state-of-the-art OS. And satisfied employees are productive employees.