Vendor Hopes To Create Market For Windows 8-Based Tablet EMR

So far, Microsoft  has played its cards pretty close to the vest when it comes to the launch of its new tablet line (and iPad wannabe Surface. But news is trickling out on Surface, which will officially go to market October 26th.  That includes news of the first EMR built for the Surface, EMR Surface, which appears for sale in the new Microsoft Windows Store online for $499 a download.

EMR Surface is produced by a company called Pariscribe, based in Toronto, which says it was key in building Canada’s first Web-based EMR. Its existing products include a radiology system, physiotherapy suite, dental suite, patient registration software for kiosks and an EMR.

What makes EMR Surface interesting isn’t just that it’s based on a new tablet. Far more interesting is that it runs on Windows 8 which, according to a piece in  MobiHealthNews, the company sees as a major competitive advantage in the corporate world.

As readers know, the majority of mobile devices in healthcare run on iOS or Android, and last I checked, there’s been little discussion of the notion that a Windows 8 device could slip between the cracks.  That doesn’t mean Pariscribe is whacky to think so, however; in fact, it’s an intriguing idea.

According to article author Neil Versel, Pariscribe president and CEO Manny Abraham believes that Surface and Windows 8 and Surface will do a better job of bridging the gap between mobile and desktop computing.  If he’s right, the company is really on to something.

The thing is, iOS and Android have an iron grip on the mobile device market right now. Even the might of Microsoft might not be sufficient to break the market’s preference for these two operating systems.

That being said, if Pariscribe has come up with a particularly nifty solution, it could give Surface-based (and Win 8 based) EMRs a foot in the door. I’m eager to see how they do!

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Anne Zieger

Anne Zieger

Anne Zieger is a healthcare journalist who has written about the industry for 30 years. Her work has appeared in all of the leading healthcare industry publications, and she's served as editor in chief of several healthcare B2B sites.


  • I work in a hospital IT department, and regarding rolling out Win8, I am with Mr. Versel. Windows 8 will dominate because of Active Directory, user management, and Group Policy.

    We’re waiting for Surface so we can address some tablet needs.

  • […] Vendor Hopes To Create Market For Windows 8-Based Tablet EMR Microsoft has been hard at work creating a Tablet called Surface. There is an EMR that has been developed for Surface as well, and the big news is that it will be loaded with Windows 8. While most healthcare IT is run by either iOS or Android, Microsoft may be stepping up their game with Windows 8. Only time will tell how successful this will be, but so far, things look positive. […]

  • Windows 8 has some nice things under the hood but the GUI – on PC’s, is the worst I’ve encountered in many years. It is, IMHO, designed for toddlers and pets (think small dogs and chimps) to play with a computer via a large and expensive touch screen. In real life, most PC users don’t have large touch screens, and we do have mouse and keyboard and we do want multiple things open on screen at the same time, and we want to use the system in about the same way we have for years. Plus, few people want Windows phones – or pads, nor do we see a need for them plus PCs to look the same.

    The new MS EHR for Win 8 may be nice; who knows, but unless it can run on PCs on Win 7, I’d tell you to keep as far away from it as possible.

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