Microsoft Surface in Healthcare
I’m not a tremendous fan of Microsoft Surface. The technology feels 20 years old to me and if I want to move things around in space in time, I want to do it in a 3D hologram and not on my kitchen table.
Perhaps Microsoft senses the moment for Surface is now or never and so they went to some of the least technologically sophisticated minds alive — those in the medical community — to get their giddy feedback on a dead technology:
Often, patients have a difficult time envisioning the complicated medical procedures doctors are trying to explain. A large Texas health care provider is hoping that Microsoft’s tabletop touch-screen Surface computers can help patients better understand their doctors.
Texas Health Resources, which operates 13 hospitals in the Dallas/Fort Worth region, is working with Microsoft to build health-care applications for Microsoft’s multiuser, multitouch Surface computers. Among the first Surface applications being co-developed by THR and Microsoft is a patient-doctor relationship tool that’s being demonstrated this week in San Diego as a “proof of concept” during a Gartner health care summit.
So far, Surface applications have surfaced in just a handful of other markets, including entertainment and hospitality, but not health care. For instance, casino giant Harrah’s Entertainment this summer installed Surface computers at its Rio Casino in Las Vegas, allowing customers to flirt and order specialty drinks using the technology.
Does this healthcare use of Microsoft Surface serve you as genuine or merely playing in a sandbox before the hourglass is empty?