March 4, 2013 11:03 am

Windows 8 Offers Real Impact for Healthcare Industry

Microsoft is at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) annual conference in New Orleans this week demonstrating how Windows 8 is helping health organizations, communities, and partners around the world to overcome healthcare’s toughest challenges. We believe technology has the potential to make a real impact and help rebuild the health industry, with new efficiencies, more support for mobility and better security.

The healthcare provider community is mobile and collaborative, and with more than 850 health apps currently available in the Windows Store, Windows 8 offers a platform for apps that allow healthcare teams to be productive anywhere, on a variety of devices and in the most secure manner possible. At HIMSS, several healthcare customers and partners are sharing their plans to deploy Windows 8 healthcare apps to help advance mobility, productivity and collaboration within hospital and practice settings.

Find out more from these quick overviews of a few of the top Windows 8 healthcare apps being showcased at HIMSS this week:

Pariscribe’s EMR Surface


The Pariscribe Electronic Medical Record app transforms the clinical documentation process for clinicians. Fully integrated with the Pariscribe Practice Management system, this Window 8 app leverages all the advantages of Pariscribe clinical documentation that touch-enabled devices can offer.



The UpToDate app provides clinicians the ability to find clinical answers at the point of care or anywhere they’re needed. Now it’s possible to access current, synthesized clinical information, including evidence-based recommendations, quickly and easily right from a Windows 8 device.

Mayo Clinic on Pregnancy


Mayo Clinic on Pregnancy is a free app for expectant mothers and is a trustworthy guide to pregnancy, childbirth and the baby’s first three months. From conception through the first three months of the child’s life, Mayo Clinic pregnancy experts provide all the information needed for a safe, healthy pregnancy and transition to motherhood.

Electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS)


The Electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS) app is designed and developed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Nation’s lead Federal agency for research on health care quality, costs, outcomes and patient safety. The ePSS app was developed to assist primary care clinicians in identifying the best screening, counseling, and preventive medication services that are right for their patients. The ePSS information is based on the current recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and can be searched by specific patient characteristics, such as age, sex, and selected behavioral risk factors.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


The CDC app features important health articles, popular journals, timely updates and access to social media to coincide with important health concerns and events throughout the year. It gives an increasingly mobile public 24/7 access to important and timely health information that people can use to protect their lives and loved ones.

For more information on Microsoft at HIMSS and other healthcare solutions, visit the Microsoft News Center. To learn more about how Windows 8 could be useful to your business, please visit the Windows 8 for enterprise site. Visit our Customer Stories page to see more examples of businesses that are using Windows 8 to reach customers in new ways and improve employee experiences.

Updated November 8, 2014 1:16 am