Originally Posted by rainkinz
On a similar note I recently went to see the doctor and the staff had MS Surfaces. I asked the nurse what she thought of them and she said they'd tried hard to lobby for iPads. I would have thought that with a keyboard suppled the Surface would have been a better experience for data entry, but it seemed sooo clunky. Basically just a windows app running on a small screen.
you don't understand MD offices. (To paraphrase Jobs… "If you see a keyboard in a exam room, you've done it wrong").
[let's just say the least important skill doctors and nurses need is typing]
I can see a Surface working just as good as an iPad… as long as it's focused on voice and handwriting recognition*, and has enough local processing to do on the fly expert system analysis of the what's being said or handwritten. However, most Visual Studio apps suck big rocks when it comes to any sort of UX that is effective an patient setting. That's why starting from whole cloth as an iOS app would be the best way to start.
[*I know I was arguing about not including styluses in the base iPad 2 days ago… MD's exam rooms are 'nicheist' of niches…. no one office is the same (each subspecialty is like a new dialect… the system designed for a cardiologist is totally different than that of a cardiac surgeon, let alone a geneticist)]
[rest of historical medical UX rant removed… Former Electronic Health Record designer for a 3000 doctor group medical practice].