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  • Blog Post: “There is a premium on effectiveness” – why mobility matters in a clinical environment

    In a clinical environment, having the right piece of information at hand at the right moment can make all the difference. Clinicians often don’t have time to run back to a desktop workstation or to wait for a laptop to boot or to fumble with a printed chart every time they need a figure. Effectively...
  • Blog Post: How much money is outdated software costing your organisation?

    It’s natural to consider costs when mulling a technology upgrade – but it’s important to look at the whole picture. Older software is harder to support, since it’s less secure (being designed for the security threats of 12 years ago) and isn’t optimized for today’s...
  • Blog Post: Event: Learn how technology will transform health care in the next 5 years

    Health IT is set for a major transition in the UK. Windows 8.1 on tablet devices is revolutionising patient bedside care. The NHS is moving become totally paperless within the next five years. And Windows XP support is finally ending in April of next year. Is your organisation ready for the changes ahead...
  • Blog Post: How the power of the cloud is helping make European medicine safer

    Imagine that a new regulation meant that your organisation had to develop the ability to verify the contents of billions of orders annually, in dozens of countries. Of course, it’s not enough for the system to be effective – it’s also got to be secure so that the public can trust it...
  • Blog Post: ‘Follow-me’ technology gives clinicians more time for patients

    Even in digitally advanced hospitals, clinicians regularly complain about tardy access to patient data – which is hardly surprising since most of it is scattered around the trust in remote silos and departmental systems. Paul Curran reports on one trust that has solved this challenge - and restored...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft software harnessed by OCSL’s acceSSOnce desktop solution to improve patient care at Luton and Dunstable University NHS Foundation Trust Hospital

    Clinicians save 30-45 minutes per day on average through simplified access to patient data. Luton and Dunstable NHS Foundation Trust Hospital has introduced acceSSOnce, an OCSL solution based on Microsoft software to simplify clinical access to multiple applications and patient records, and improve...
  • Blog Post: Seamless and productive - a review of the new Fujitsu Q572 for use in the NHS

    Today, we open up our blog to our colleague and guest blogger Alastair Dick - Microsoft CTO for Health. He takes a look at a new device on the market which is set to get NHS pulses racing... As Windows 8 has been out for while I thought it would be a good idea to have a look at some of the devices...
  • Blog Post: My week of quantified self: day two

    Yesterday (Monday) I started my week by choosing the devices I would use and getting them set up with Health Vault . It actually took a lot less time that I thought it would to set up, so I had plenty of time to get some exercise in. According to my pedometer and Health Vault, I managed 25k steps...
  • Blog Post: Optimising electronic medical records (EMRs) with Microsoft solutions

    Did you know that Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) are the top IT investment being made by hospitals around the globe today? Check out this short, entertaining video and find out how Windows 8, SQL and Azure are hugely relevant when investing in an EMR...
  • Blog Post: Public Sector Windows 8 Apps eBook

    Over the past few weeks we have been compiling eight great public sector apps which can be found in the Windows 8/Windows Phone app store . The result is this handy guide which features details about each app, screenshots and information about our involved Partners. Featured in the Windows 8 app eBook...
  • Blog Post: Putting Windows 8 Tablets to work in healthcare – a buyer’s guide

    There is a slew of shiny new tablets on the market, many of which are crammed with enough features to make life on the wards easier for heavy users, and all of which will look gorgeous under your arm. At the pricier end of the market, for example, is the Sony Vaio Duo 11 , which features a nifty sliding...
  • Blog Post: Health tablets that raise the pulse – Windows 8 helping cut the total cost of ownership

    There is no doubt that Windows 8 is the new kid on the block as far as operating systems are concerned. It’s still in its infancy and, as a result, people are just beginning to realise its vast potential. Dell are one of those companies who are currently producing a selection of great devices...
  • Blog Post: England’s largest NHS Trust pioneers Windows 8 with Windows To Go to enable Flexible Working

    Success of Olympics pilot has led to widespread deployment of new Windows 8 business offering. London, UK. — March 14, 2012 — Microsoft has today announced that Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust is one of the first organisations in the UK to deploy Windows To Go, a fully manageable...
  • Blog Post: How enlightened is your application migration strategy?

    As healthcare customers start to think seriously about moving away from Windows XP then application migration becomes a critical area to consider. In this guest blog post from application migration specialists Camwood we investigate how blue light organisations can plan to migrate their application portfolio...
  • Blog Post: Cloud platform gives UK patients and GPs mobile access to healthcare information

    EMIS Group, a leading supplier of healthcare software for GPs in the UK, wanted a more scalable and cost-effective web platform for its leading health website. Since migrating it to Windows Azure and making it accessible through Windows Phone and Windows 8, monthly visits have surged by 71 per cent to...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 - a must have for your device in healthcare (plus get a free trial!)

    It's a fact many healthcare professionals are looking to use portable devices much more in their daily work. This means there is a big shift taking place from old desktop-friendly applications to those which work on tablets and even on multiple devices. After all, Office 365 lends itself to touch devices...
  • Blog Post: A new dawn for Trust infrastructure: Why the end of XP is far from the end of the world

    NHS organisations are rightly risk averse, they have overloaded IT teams, and the weight of information assurance compliance bears heavily down. No wonder, then, that whole-estate upgrades are rarely a high priority. But with the deprecation of Windows XP, that is directly ahead on the horizon. How can...
  • Blog Post: Taking a deeper look at top healthcare IT trends and predictions for 2013

    Here's a great post by our Senior Director of Worldwide Health who has added this to our Worldwide ' HealthBlog '. We thought you might find it interesting as it talks about some fantastic tech in healthcare worth knowing about - technology which affects the UK as well as the rest of the world... ...
  • Blog Post: For the clinician on your list this Holiday Season, Dr. Bill’s favourite things

    Today's blog is courtesy of our Senior Director of Worldwide Health - Bill Crounse MD, as he looks to the festive tech around this winter from his home in the US... The Holidays are coming at us fast. Are you looking for the perfect gift to give the doctor, nurse or other clinician in your life...
  • Blog Post: Authentication with a bit of backbone! Identity Agent strengthens NHS connectivity

    A new element in the Microsoft suite of tools and services for healthcare organisations is about to unlock both productivity benefits for users and a technology upgrade path for IT managers. Functionally, Microsoft Identity Agent (MIA) is simply a software layer which allows NHS employees using the...
  • Blog Post: Six great Windows 8 apps for the public sector

    Since the launch of Windows 8, users have been able to delve into a huge range of new apps to play with. Developers in public sector organisations around the country are discovering the new opportunity that the Windows Store offers them to design, build, and make available their apps to customers in...
  • Blog Post: EHI excitement for OCSL

    We have another of our great partners, OCSL, blogging for us today about their thoughts on the EHI Live event next week. We have more to come soon! With just a short time until the doors open for another EHI conference, there is palpable excitement within the OCSL health team . We’re really looking...
  • Blog Post: Winning the security war on a new battlefront: medical devices

    From ward to theatre, the NHS is increasingly populated with connected, specialist devices; and several recent analyses suggest that these devices are becoming collateral casualties of the broader battle for cybersecurity. What are the unique challenges of device protection in healthcare, and are there...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Windows 8 within Microsoft

    This is a guest post by Patrick O’Rourke, director within the strategy, planning and communications team in Microsoft IT. If you’ve read this blog before then you know that one of the roles of Microsoft IT is to be the first customer of Microsoft’s commercial products and services...
  • Blog Post: Perfect devices, the perfect OS, and great applications – no compromises for clinical computing

    Last week on this blog I wrote a piece about computing devices and why I thought the tech industry would soon deliver much better choices for clinical computing. Today, I want to focus a bit more on why I think that is so. I also want to explain why its not just the device that matters, but also the...
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