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UPMC Demonstrates Breakthrough Mobile Platform for Physicians Developed in Collaboration with Caradigm, Intel and Microsoft 

Windows 8 tablet-based system makes it simple for physicians to access the applications and patient data they need, keeping them focused on care, not technology 

Pittsburgh, Pa. and Bellevue, Wash. – February 18, 2014UPMC and Caradigm are developing a mobile Windows 8.1 tablet-based platform that lets physicians, with the touch of a screen, instantly switch among different clinical applications while maintaining patient context. Being developed with support from Microsoft and Intel Corporation, the interoperability platform streamlines clinical workflows, enabling physicians to spend less time navigating technology and more time understanding and caring for their patients.
Cardiologists at UPMC are testing the platform and its ability to navigate seamlessly among Cerner’s electronic health record and two new UPMC-developed applications that allow physicians to easily see relevant patient information pulled from multiple data systems and to follow a recommended “clinical pathway” to treat a patient for certain diseases.
Using Microsoft Surface Pro 2 tablets at the point of care, the physicians are able to sign-in just once to a user-friendly clinical desktop and move rapidly back and forth among applications to perform a variety of tasks related to caring for the patient. With the correct patient record automatically displayed in each application, the cardiologists maintain patient context, saving them steps and time.
The solution will be demonstrated in the Caradigm and Microsoft booths at the HIMSS14 Annual Conference and Exhibition, February 23 – 27, Orlando, Florida.
“Our clinicians demand and deserve applications that enhance patient care, rather than detract from it,” said Rebecca Kaul, president of UPMC‘s Technology Development Center, which develops and commercializes next-generation health care technology with leading industry partners. “Working with Caradigm, Microsoft, and Intel, it was critical that we find a way to dramatically simplify the workflow of our clinicians and give them time back to spend with patients.”
Added Oscar Marroquin, M.D., a cardiologist involved in the pilot and executive director of clinical analytics and new models of care at UPMC, “We aim to deliver a solution that will let clinicians easily view and interpret the full ‘patient story’ and act on that information rapidly to improve care.”
The interoperability platform combines the intuitive touch interface of Windows 8.1 with the functionality of Caradigm Single Sign-On and Context Management to make it simple for clinicians to access the right patient information from multiple applications using a single mobile device.
“We’re excited to demonstrate the power of our combined technologies to help doctors and nurses drive better patient care and to take interoperability to the next level,” said Jim Campbell, vice president of Identity and Access Management for Caradigm.
Technology Components
The joint UPMC and Caradigm solution, to be demonstrated at HIMSS, uses the following technologies:
  • Caradigm Single Sign-On enables clinicians to use a single set of credentials – entered once per session – and multi-factor authentication in an integrated clinical workstation. They can access applications quickly without signing on to each one separately.
  • Caradigm Context Management maintains patient context across applications, giving clinicians automatic access to the right patient record as they move from system to system.
  • With a touch-enabled application dubbed “Convergence,” the UPMC Technology Development Center delivers relevant patient information from disparate clinical applications and EMRs in a single, patient-centric and secure workflow. Convergence gives clinicians control over access, display and mobility of their workflow and patient information.
  • UPMC’s clinical pathways application leads a clinical team through UPMC-approved pathways of care for specific medical conditions. The touch-enabled application displays, tracks, and reports the series of clinical steps compared against   the recommended pathway.
  • Windows 8.1 provides a touch interface, consistent user experience across devices, and an enterprise-level of security and manageability that today’s healthcare organizations demand.
In addition, Intel technologists tuned the software with Intel’s low-power, high-responsive Intel Atom processors to help deliver a compelling mobile experience for clinicians.

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