Windows 8 in Health Care: 10 Apps for Doctors, Patients and Researchers
With the introduction of Windows 8 on Oct. 26, health IT has a new environment in which to develop resources and clinical applications. Among the more than 10,000 apps in the Windows Store are several that are geared toward health. Windows 8 apps are designed to run across multiple devices, including laptops, desktops, tablets and Windows Phone 8 handsets. Windows 8 devices allow users to interact with the OS through touch, a keyboard and a mouse, Dennis Schmuland, chief health strategy officer for U.S. Health and Life Sciences at Microsoft, told eWEEK. Plenty of native health apps will be developed for Windows 8, Schmuland predicted. "The pipeline is very good for Windows 8, and there are a number of application developers," he said. On Nov. 9, Microsoft hosted an "appathon" to promote Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 apps. Through app contracts, Windows 8 allows one app to share content with another. App contracts could simplify interoperability in health care as medical data moves between applications, according to Microsoft. Here, eWEEK highlights 10 health apps for Windows 8.
This free application from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers health articles, automatic updates about medical issues and images from CDC's Public Health Image library. A "Did You Know" feature keeps the public informed about the prevention of illnesses. The app "empowers people around epidemics and trends," said Schmuland.