Microsoft Windows 10 Enablement and Impact on Healthcare and Healthcare IT

The release of Microsoft’s Windows 10 during late July, 2015 was highly anticipated, with people excited about the new features that would be included.  While the late-July release made Windows 10 widely available, the company announced that there would be subsequent versions released for both Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile devices.

Now, more than two weeks after the release date of the broader OS Windows 10, Microsoft has been dealing with a myriad of post-release concerns and worries centered around the OS’s stability, privacy, and security.  Yet, despite these concerns, Microsoft continued forward with their release of Windows IoT Core.

While Windows 10 IoT Core did not garner the fanfare and attention that the broader OS received, this lack of attention is to be expected, as the IoT core is somewhat of a niche product.  IoT Core is aimed at helping developers who are writing apps for small devices, most notably in the Healthcare industry.  The Healthcare industry is inundated with devices ranging from ECG’s, ultrasound, X-Ray, CT and MRI machines, wearable and fitness trackers to robotics.  All these different devices use and run on a myriad of different embedded operating systems.

The Windows 10 OS pushed out in late July for desktops, notebooks, and tablets featured a number of additional features for Healthcare, including tools that enable clinicians to view an EMR alongside a home health application, business intelligence functions for visualizing quality of care data, and a “Power Map” for combining the information of Healthcare providers with population health statistics.

What is different about the Windows 10 IoT Core from past versions is support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.  While Wi-Fi and Bluetooth may seem like pretty basic features for an modern-day OS, both of these technologies will be integral to Microsoft’s stated goal of having “One Windows” that enables customers to sync apps and data across any device running an iteration of Windows 10.

The next key piece in the Windows 10 implementation: the release of Windows 10 Mobile, which is due later this year.

Why the wait to release Windows 10 Mobile?   Because PC, laptop, smartphone, and medical device manufacturers need to test, install and deploy the appropriate versions of Windows 10, and that will likely take awhile.

Gordian Dynamics specializes in Microsoft Cloud Enablement and can help your Healthcare organization with a successful implementation or upgrade to the new Windows 10.