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Microsoft Envision Role for Surface 2, Xbox, Kinect in Healthcare

Microsoft’s healthcare already thinking about how the Surface 2, Xbox, Xbox Live and the Kinect sensors may be incorporated into healthcare apps. That unit, under cvp Peter Neupert, is the one overseeing HealthVault and Amalga, among other products.)

Bill Crounse, in a Jan’6 post said he has been working with the Surface group for the past few months to create a “vision setting video” on scenarios for the Surface 2.0 in the healthcare space. Crounse said he could envision clinicians collaborating with patients on wall-mounted versions of the $7,600 Surface 2.0 tables. Physicians also could use these devices to share more easily patient information, such as the results of a fetal ultrasound. (In other words, the Surface 2.0 could act as a 40-inch, multitouch display.)

Crounse said he also sees possible healthcare apps for a variety of consumer-focused Microsoft technologies down the road.

“I also predict down the line that we’ll be seeing some “mashups” combining Surface with attributes of Kinect, Xbox, Xbox Live, Avatars, and possibly Microsoft Lync or Windows Live. I’ve always maintained that the digital, flat-sceen Internet connected device in our living rooms (our television) would one day become the gateway to all kinds of new services and entertainment.”


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