Although Apple has been getting lots of attention over its healthcare-related apps, its longterm rival, Microsoft, also has possible plans in that area. A recent article for the Motley Fool explores the newest operating system announced by Microsoft: Windows 10. Aside from being an attempt by the company to rebrand itself while still conquering the mobile sphere, Windows 10 reportedly has possible repercussions for hospital-based users who prefer tablets.
Though it mainly cites speculation on this point, the article notes that the new version of Windows could be released to hospitals for free in order to account for the use of legacy software. Older versions of Windows, such as version 7, 8, and the "expired" XP, are still in common use in both consumer and medical systems.
The Fool's Leo Sun describes the way Microsoft's update plan might work for owners of the Surface Pro 3 tablets.
"Since Windows 8.1 phones will be upgraded directly to Windows 10, apps will become cross-compatible between phones, tablets, and PCs," he said. "This means that hospitals which have deployed the Surface Pro 3 could encourage their physicians to use Windows Phones instead of iPhones for better cross-compatibility between apps."
Windows 10 has been promoted as a reaction to the mixed reviews of Windows 8, and the Technical Previews of the new OS is already available. Microsoft is also releasing similar technology to the Fitbit health tracker in its Microsoft Band, a wrist-based monitor that also seems to monitor health data.
Whether your practice is planning on using Apple or Windows devices in its everyday processes, healthcare consulting firms will assist with legal matters surrounding digital health information.