Two videos on Windows 8 in a clinical environment may change how you think about the tile UI

Two videos on Windows 8 in a clinical environment may change how you think about the tile UI

Summary: When you actually see the dynamically-updating tiles in action in a vertical-industry application, you can begin to understand what Microsoft sees in this new interface.


I wanted to post a quick follow-up to my article, Why Windows 8 may be the ideal tablet OS for healthcare.

Microsoft has a great article and two videos that showcase just how they see the Windows 8 tile interface being used in healthcare. Here's a link to that article: Why Windows 8 is a compelling choice for clinicians around the world. It's a worthwhile read if you're implementing tablet-based IT in your facility.

Here's the first video I recommend you watch. It's only about 4 minutes long, and it may change how you think about the Windows 8 tile interface:

The one above discusses how the tile interface and Microsoft's vertical integration works for a doctor. This next one showcases how a nurse might use Windows 8 in a clinical environment:

Interesting stuff, isn't it? Stay tuned. I think we'll see a lot more interesting stuff coming our way with this interface in health.

Topics: Windows, Health, Microsoft, Tablets


Denise Amrich is a Registered Nurse, the health care advisor for the U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute, and a mentor for the Virtual Campus at Florida's Brevard Community College.

Nothing in this article is meant to be a substitute for medical advice, and shouldn't be considered as such. If you are in need of medical help, please see your doctor.

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  • Convenient and interesting windows 8

    The progress of electronic science brings to our life more convenient! But will we become more lazy? Even so, still looking forward to windows 8 release.
  • Rather Silly

    The scenarios are almost identical and show little more but basic collaboration via IM and few old-news use cases for the device. I would expect much more from pure Marketing video put together by Microsoft...
    All this can be done on Android and iPad today, where is the big incentive and uniqueness of Microsoft, supposedly?
    Sadly, I wasn't impressed with interface either.
    • Can't use Microsoft sharepoint and Lync on iPad or android

      The video does a good job of showing how the tablets connect securely and comply with standards because they can use SharePoint and Lync.
      Brenton Klassen
      • you're half right.

        There is a Lync app available for the iPad. Not sure about Sharepoint. I don't use Android so I can't comment regarding that platform.
        Shameer Mulji
        • Yeah but

          No video on the iPad using Lync.
      • iPad and Android do not have microsoft office either

        So there goes standard document collaboration.
        Other things not mentioned but worth considering:
        Windows 8 allows out of the box remote desktop access.
        Windows 8 seamless printing.
        Windows 8 has a full desktop for legacy programs.
    • really?

      post a link how iPad and Androids are being used at this same level
      • No link required

        Just because there isnt a demo available doesnt mean it cant be done. But I've seen business applications of a similar nature, not health albeit, developed with android. Sure it might not have use Sharepoint but the ironic thing about that is the cost is driven down because sharepoint solutions arent cheap.
        • Re: No link required

          Where I work, any tablet used isn't running Android, nor IOS. There are issues with compliance and security, as well as connection with application.
          It's not so much an issue of whether it CAN be done, it's whether it IS being done. It is not.
  • Windows 8 strength

    Most win8 pundits never took time to explore the power of live tiles, not just tile but LIVE TILES, touch UI (both in tablet, laptop and desktop form factors)and desktop mode OS together on a platform, plus massive applications integration. (Skype, I'm, office suite, one note, email/messaging systems. These are just few). In my opinion this is the beginning of the end of the competition.
    Alfred Soyemi
  • Expensive

    The licencing costs alone for the back end systems (eg Sharepoint, lync) and the development costs for custom apps would make real world solutions like this very expensive to create and run..

    In addition I didn't see much functionality there that couldn't be achieved with any tablet and a well designed web based back end system and a web based front end or a tablet designed app.. With all the available web frameworks similar functionality could be created for what would most likely be a fraction of the price.. If open source options are explored the licencing costs would be minimal..
    • Just a guess

      but most hospital probably already have that back end. Which would make it relatively easy to implement window 8 tablets securely.
      Sam Wagner
    • That's why there is always Cuba

      for you to access cheap healthcare, for the rest of us there is W8
  • "may change how you think about the tile UI"

    No it won't, it still stinks.
    Alan Smithie
  • Tile UI is CRAP

    Whatever the tiles do, the tray/notification area icons in the taskbar also do without in fact distracting the user.
  • Windows 8

    Your 8 has so many productive's going to take people to learn how they can take advantage of all the new ad great features that is available with windows 8. But you still going to have a lot of critics that will bad mouth windows 8 because they are too lazy to learn something new.
  • Its time will come

    Be patient