Microsoft Rounds: A Windows 8 Prototype App for Hospital Workflow

By Brian T. Horowitz  |  Posted 2012-11-28 Print this article Print
A Patient Care Dashboard

A Patient Care Dashboard

Rounds features a dashboard that shows grids of both patients and the care team. Icons allow doctors to open screens to enter notes or view patient charts. They can check directions to get to a patient around the hospital, as well as see diagnoses, medications and links to interact with other physicians on a patient's care team.


Following the introduction of Windows 8, Microsoft has demonstrated a prototype application for the new OS designed to help doctors and nurses manage their workflow and enable smooth patient care transitions. Called Rounds, the app lets doctors and nurses keep track of patients from check-in to discharge. It runs on touch-screen Windows 8 tablets such as Microsoft Surface or the Panasonic Toughbook C2, and allows doctors to interact with nurses and specialists. Rounds integrates the capabilities of Windows 8 and Office as well as applications such as Lync and SharePoint. The unified communications features of Lync allow doctors to exchange messages with other care providers. Windows 8 offers the functionality of a full PC on a tablet, so doctors no longer have to carry both a notebook and a tablet with the new OS, according to Microsoft. Rounds could potentially improve the efficiency of care, reduce errors, speed up medication orders and allow for smoother hand-offs of patients from one treatment phase to another, Microsoft reported. In this slide show, eWEEK shows how doctors can make the hospital "rounds" on a Windows 8 tablet.


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