Monday, September 10, 2007

Microsoft Helps Developers of Clinical User Interfaces Improve Efficiency, Patient Safety With Free Toolkit

Microsoft offers common UI for healthcare applications ...

"Healthcare developers will be able to increase patient safety and clinician effectiveness with the new Microsoft(R) Health Common User Interface (CUI), available today from Microsoft Corp. The guidance and software code are available to download at no cost, and are designed to support the delivery of safe patient care across a healthcare system.

Targeted at healthcare application providers and institutions, the CUI is the result of more than two years' collaboration between Microsoft and the National Health Service (NHS) in England. The initial release of the CUI has created guidance and tools for a common look and feel for patient-critical functions, intended to increase patient safety and clinician effectiveness and reduce training and support costs, among other benefits. In use today at NHS in England, the CUI is now available to all healthcare developers around the world at no cost at http://www.mscui.net.

"For every healthcare institution around the world, patient safety is of paramount importance," said Tim Smokoff, general manager, worldwide health for the Worldwide Public Sector at Microsoft. "The Microsoft Health Common User Interface will help developers building healthcare applications ensure a higher level of quality control through a common look and feel to reduce the margin for error and save lives in the process."

"The NHS is a complex organization due to the diversity of care settings, applications and vendors," said Dr. Mark Ferrar, director of infrastructure at NHS Connecting for Health, the government agency tasked with delivering IT change programs for the NHS in England. "Our ultimate goal is to make systems easier to use and more consistent, and increase patient safety in the process. Microsoft's expert role in helping us manage technologies and achieve cost savings is vital; initial feedback is very positive."

The CUI means NHS doctors can spend more time focusing on providing optimal care to their patients and less time worrying about searching for the right way to enter information into the system. The delivery of phase one of the CUI is a milestone in Microsoft's ongoing work to transform healthcare across England and worldwide."    (Continued via Examiner)    [Usability Resources]

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