10 Reasons Healthcare Still Isn’t Ready for Windows 8

In the linked article Dr Kim lays out why Windows 8 is a great choice for healthcare.  While the article identifies valid points for Windows 8, there are several reasons why healthcare is not ready for Windows 8 which are laid out below.

  1. EMR, PACs, and other clinical vendors have not either validated their products on Windows 8 or do not have a road map to make their compatible.
  2. Lack of “True” mobile EMR apps for the Surface RT device and also the lack of RT devices themselves.
  3. Certain enterprise antivirus & disk encryption vendors do not have working versions for Windows 8.
  4. Legacy VPN & SSL clients do not work on Windows 8.
  5. The Citrix client which delivers application access for a lot of healthcare applications is less than desirable on Windows 8.
  6. Microsoft Server 2012 needs to be in place on enterprise domain controllers to take advantage of group policy on Windows 8.
  7. Implementing Direct Access" requires additional infrastructure for enterprises that may already have a remote connectivity solution in place.
  8. Implementing “BitLocker’ requires additional infrastructure be in place that some healthcare entities may not have or have another solution already in place.
  9. A lot of healthcare organizations are still running Windows XP and making the jump to Windows 8 is too much of a change and they are focusing on Windows 7.
  10. The training costs associated with Windows 8 due to the new interface and navigation of the operating system.

Based upon some available roadmaps the majority of healthcare applications will be ready for Windows 8 by the end of 2013.  Maybe by then healthcare IT shops should consider WIndows 8 over Windows 7.

10 Reasons Healthcare Still Isn’t Ready for Windows 8