May 3, 2019

Windows 10: Healthcare Advantages

As mainstream support for Windows 7 will end in January 2020, soon everyone will need to move to Windows 10. There seems to be a scramble in the industry to migrate thousands of devices to the new platform—and with good reason. 

Windows 10 will be the last major upgrade for Microsoft as they shift to a Windows-as-a-Service (Waas). This allows for a more secure system and in-place predictable upgrades.  

Below are some advantages healthcare users can expect in Windows 10.

  1. Quicker access to your desktop making log-ins faster.   The new operating system (OS)supports most finger print devices currently deployed.  Windows 10 also offers a second option to log-in by facial recognitions, however, this requires a 3D infrared camera.
  2. The new browser, Edge, is much faster.  Edge is a slim down, light weight browser integrated with Cortana.  Cortana is a new voice-activated personal assistance, which comes with Windows 10…  Although the new Edge is a slim down version, it may not run some webpages, like ones which encapsulating Active X.  This is by design and that’s why IE is still included in Windows 10.  By configuring the policies correctly, You can have IE start on pages which include Activate X.
  3. One or two computer monitors can be used in the new SNAP modes. This allows for independent views on a single monitor. While this feature was somewhat available on previous versions, Windows 10 allows for a glitch-free process. Space for monitors is tight in many hospitals making the new SNAP mode an advantage for many users.

The Conversion process from 7 or 8 to Windows 10 has four major phases:

  1. Down-level Phase: Runs the source OS code
  2. SafeOS Phase: A recovery partition is created, files are expanded and rollback is prepared.
  3. First boot Phase: Initial settings are applied
  4. Second boot Phase: System is running under the target OS

While most errors occur with incompatible drivers and hardware during SafeOS and First boot Phase Windows 10 should encounter less errors than previous versions. (Here is a full list of Microsoft upgrade errors).   

If you need help with your Windows 10 conversion or any digital service offerings contact Excite Health Partners, we have the knowledge and resources to make your projects successful.

Todd Klein

VP of EHR Services & Digital Solutions