When I talk with people (even health policy people) about ways to implement more technology into health care, like doctors using computers during appointments, I get some interesting answers. Like computing while seeing patients will destroy the doctor-patient relationship. This answer is quite puzzling, as the doctor-patient relationship is pretty mutilated already, and the benefits of direct computing by physicians (cost, time, efficiency, and most important: reduction of error), seem to outweigh the discomfort of your doctor occasionally typing things in.
But (via the Health Business Blog), Microsoft is introducing a new product that can quiet this debate with one fell swoop:
The Microsoft Origami Project seems to be a nice little tablet-style PC along the lines of the Motion Computing LS800 that I have described before. It's the kind of hardware that makes electronic medical records, e-prescribing and decision support tools all the more practical for physicians by making it possible to carry a full-featured device in a lab coat pocket.
And I'd add, without a big screen that apparently perverts the essential nature of physician care.