Palm, Microsoft show combined healthcare information tools at HIMSS

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Palm Inc. and Microsoft Corp. showcased at HIMSS 2006 last month the new Palm Treo 700w smartphone, the first Treo smartphone to run the Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system. The new smartphone is designed to allow hospitals that operate in the Windows Mobile platform to be able to offer Palm functionality to their users.

“For the first time, hospital IT decision-makers who prefer Windows Mobile can offer their physicians, nurses and other clinicians a Palm Treo smartphone. With the Treo smartphone, they can wirelessly access patient information, including radiology reports; obtain real-time access to lab results and clinical notes; and send security-enhanced e-mail messages to other caregivers,” said Tara Griffin, vice president of enterprise markets, Palm. “The combined forces of Microsoft and Palm provide physicians with an important time-saving tool so doctors can spend more quality time with their patients instead of on paperwork,” Griffin added.

Windows Mobile 5.0 software delivers on industry requirements for platform flexibility to customize mobile devices and solutions, and features productivity enhancements including the latest Microsoft Office Word Mobile, Excel Mobile and PowerPoint Mobile software; persistent memory storage for more efficient data management; a powerful multimedia experience enabled by Windows Media Player 10 Mobile; and support for hard drives, Microsoft said.

“We’re pleased to extend the capabilities of Windows Mobile further into the healthcare space with the Palm Treo device,” said Steve Shihadeh, general manager of Healthcare and Life Sciences, Microsoft. “Whether they’re used for checking patient records, consulting with a colleague or any number of other critical clinical activities, solutions using Windows Mobile not only generate efficiencies and help reduce costs in the healthcare setting, but — most important — also contribute to higher-quality patient care,” added Shihadeh.
   
Microsoft and Palm have also worked with the PatientKeeper Platform which can be used to fulfill the IT strategies for healthcare organizations ranging from small physician practices and community hospitals to major academic medical centers. With the software from PatientKeeper, physicians can access their patients’ electronic records, write prescriptions, enter charges, dictate notes, document encounters, place orders or send security-enhanced messages to other caregivers — all in a single integrated environment. PatientKeeper will play a key role for Microsoft and Palm as Treo 700w smartphones are deployed in healthcare organizations, the companies said.