Health IT Tablets Bring Patient Stories to Life

Clinicians are on the go more than ever these days, and daily workflows demand that they have access to data at all times. This is where healthcare technology and mobility meet and provide the right tools that allow doctors and nurses to see vital patient information regardless of location.

That mission is the basis behind a new mobile platform developed by UPMC and Caradigm in partnership with Intel and Microsoft. To summarize a very in-depth initiative, UPMC and Caradigm developed a Windows* 8 mobile solution that enables users to:

  • Access patient data from multiple EMRs (including Cerner and EPIC) from one mobile touch interface
  • Navigate patient data using the assigned care pathway that was developed by doctors
  • Switch from the mobile app to the patient’s record in the enterprise EMR application to enter an order or schedule an appointment
  • Choose from wide-range of mobile devices, including tablets, 2 in 1s and convertibles
  • Feel comfortable they have the high-level enterprise security and manageability from Microsoft and Intel

Dr. Rasu Shrestha, Vice President of Medical Information Technology across UPMC, recently summed up the benefits of the platform for clinicians this way:

“The idea behind this pilot project is that our cardiologists are now able to walk around with Surface devices running Windows 8,” he said. “They very easily interact with our front end application, Convergence, which essentially brings the patient story to life. We’re in a fairly early stage and believe this system is extremely promising. Interoperability allows us to visualize the patient story on the mobile tablet and also navigate through it with our desktop environments. We’re bridging the past with the present and the future and that’s the way that we’ve really pushed things forward.”

As you can see, early reports are positive and the UPMC clinicians are on board with the process. In the above video, you can watch how UPMC is utilizing Convergence to improve patient care and why mobility is allowing its physicians to devote more time to patient interaction. View the clip to see first-hand how UPMC doctors are using the Windows* 8 framework, Surface tablets, and Caradigm solutions on their rounds and the benefits of having the right data at the right time.

What questions do you have?

Watch for my next blog as we sit down with Dr. Shrestha and two of his colleagues for a Q&A on healthcare technology.

Ben Wilson is director of mobile for healthcare at Intel Corporation. See his other blogs here.