You may be wondering where Microsoft Surface fits in with Health care. Consider for a moment how people normally interact with their doctor. Probably the same way they have for decades. But then consider this (from the HIMSS schedule):
A trend in healthcare that has emerged over the past decade is the evolution of patient-centered medicine. Patient-centered care is the movement to empower individuals to become medical decision makers who take an active role in their own care. New information systems such as patient portals and personal health records facilitate this transformation. We describe the development of a prototype application for the Microsoft Surface platform designed to promote a patient-centered approach within the context of a physician-patient interaction.
Health care is changing.
Need more convincing that Surface (and technologies like it) will play a significant role in patient interaction? Watch this video (or see below) with Tim Huckaby from January. In it he demonstrates how a doctor and patient can interact using Surface:
And that’s only one of the many scenarios possible. Microsoft plan to present 4 at the conference, including Rehabilitation (using Surface to promote motor control) and Virtual Clinic (giving the patient an overview of the process before consultation) as well as the patient consultation scenarios.
For those interest I covered some of the Surface developments on my personal blog here back in January. Last year August de los Reyes (he’s the Principal Experience Architect behind the Surface) spoke at Web Directions about the approach Microsoft are taking with Surface. His interview with Sitepoint back in October gives a good overview of where Surface is headed, in particular the embracing of emotion.
Little surprise then that kids are a captive audience. Get children working cooperatively on education tasks and you’ve got a winning combination.
Microsoft has been quietly pushing Surface, and making it available in more countries is just part of the plan. The Surface is a sleeper, and it won’t start making a big impact until late this year (in my opinion). It’s funny how Microsoft often gets accused of being behind the 8 ball when it comes to things like touch and user interface. But keep in mind that Surface has been around for years now. It’s effect on the technology landscape has been underappreciated.
With only a few hurdles left to remove (ie the whopping $15K price tag for starters, the difficulty of getting access to the Surface SDK for developers for another), there’s plenty of opportunity awaiting those brave enough to jump on board.
Make sure you check out some of the videos on YouTube for examples of what is possible. And the Surface blog for the latest news.