By Peter K. Han, Microsoft Vice President of US OEM
If there’s one thing all of us in the Microsoft partner community have in common, it’s the love of a good challenge. Our businesses, our products, and our services all exist for the same fundamental reason: to solve people’s problems with technology. Healthcare—with its demanding, complex requirements for high system security, compliance with government regulations, clean environments, portability, and usability—is an industry especially poised to tackle daily challenges through technology innovation.
And it’s thrilling to see so many Microsoft OEMs innovating for the industry. Rapidly growing in size and technological need, the healthcare industry demands intuitive, powerful, high value hardware and devices. Challenging? Sure, but our OEMs are embracing it with passion, and empowering providers and organizations to fulfill their potential for care, all while meeting unique technology criteria in highly specialized settings.
A characteristic of effective healthcare technology solutions is that they recognize and address the one-of-a-kind uses and conditions that occur within a provider setting. Because of the variety of work environments for in-hospital clinicians, home care workers, imaging providers, nursing, and research, there is no one-size-fits all solution for healthcare practitioners. This is precisely the challenge that Microsoft partners are meeting head on.
Our OEMs are listening, they have taken feedback on what healthcare providers want, and they understand what industry regulations require in their devices. They’re building Windows-enabled, care-ready tools, such as:
- The mobile Lenovo ThinkPad 8 offering full-PC power in a pocket friendly design
- The powerful Dell Venue 11 Pro and its dockable keyboard and digitizer pen support for entering data
- The light yet durable Fujitsu Q584 whose high-res screen can be wiped down and sanitized
With features like integrated TPM and smart card readers to manage identity; 3G and 4G cellular service for those who are on the move or for when WiFi isn’t working; and fluid user interfaces that don’t slow providers down, Microsoft partners are helping the healthcare industry deliver more secure, efficient and effective care.
Windows 8.1 devices are revolutionizing the way healthcare providers do business, providing the necessary security, adaptability, sterility, and connectability. Built with industry needs in mind, Windows offers the solutions needed in healthcare. Providing a secure platform that combines Fort Knox-type security, such as rights management, remote selective data wipe, and group policy tools, with a fluid experience, across the variety of form factors suited to healthcare.
We recognize our work has only begun, and I can’t wait to see what new, industry-focused solutions Microsoft partners bring to market next!
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