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Microsoft Surface for Doctors

Microsoft Surface is a Multi-touch product which is developed as a software and hardware combination technology that allows a user, or multiple users, to manipulate digital content by the use of natural motions, hand gestures, or physical objects. To get a better idea watch the video below.

So far, it has been utilized in markets like entertainment and hospitality. For instance some Las Vegas casinos have installed it to allow their customers to flirt and order specialty drinks using the technology. But wouldn’t it be great to have this technology applied in the health care industry. Well, this is exactly what Texas Health Resources (THR), a large Texas health care provider is hoping to do. After Microsoft demonstrated Surface in Dallas a few months ago, they invited clinicians, as well as administrators and technologists to brainstorm ideas for its use in hospitals. Reportedly they received over 100 ideas which were then narrowed down, and they decided that the first one to be developed is going to be a tool for patient-doctor relationships.

The proposed application will allow doctors to share with patients all kinds of digital content, including medical images like MRIs, X-rays, EKGs, radiology reports, and also streaming media content, such as video of coronary angiogram procedures. The goal is to help patients better understand their medical condition, doctor recommendations, and potential medical procedures so that they can in turn make better decisions about their health.

Off the top of my head I can think of other potential uses of this technology in the hospitals. First of all, it would be great for radiologists to review their images on, especially 3D reconstructions from CT and MRI scans. Also, it would be useful in the preoperative period for a surgical team to sit in front of Surface and together review all the patient’s data and go through the procedure. Education is another field it could be used for. Just imagine anatomy classes specially designed for this device. Mind blowing!
I am sure you too can think of some excellent ideas. Why not post them here in the comments section.

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