Term:
Microsoft Health Common User Interface

Description:
The purpose of Microsoft Health Common User Interface is described right in it's title. It is a CUI for the health industry. But why do you need a Common User Interface? The answer is because in the Health Industry it is very typical that the Health care provider, lets say in this case a local hospital, does not buy all of its software from one company. Most companies to not offer fully integrated software to meet all their needs. So when this happens the hospital will purchase software from numerous companies buying the "best of breed". The problem now is that all of these different programs from accounting, drug administration in the pharmacy, patient locaters for nurses, etc do not have the same interfaces.

"Imagine moving from hospital to hospital or clinic to clinic and encountering an entirely different user interface and clinical system each place you work. It would be like asking accountants to be equally proficient on a wide variety of spreadsheet applications or writers to know how to expediently edit on every kind of document software on the market. That just wouldn't work. Clinical work-flow is no different. We clinicians need standardized applications and a common user interface to help us", revealed Bill Crounse MD, Microsoft Global Healthcare Industry Manager.

One of Microsoft's most important goals, if not the most important, is to make eHealth more safe with their software. There are an estimated 44,000-98,000 deaths due to medical error annually. Many of these can be reduced through proper data entry.
What Microsoft Health CUI does is help eliminate all the different kinds of entries for the same fields and formats them into on simple entry form that is the same across every platform. This helps eliminate errors made in the entering of data repeatedly across the different platforms. Some of the common fields they offer range from simple things such as Date, Gender, Patient ID, Telephone, and time displays, but it also does more complicated things such as medication views and drug administration. This allows the caregiver to focus more on the patient rather than on entering data into a confusing system. After all patients are what truly matters in the Health Care field.


Applications:
Microsoft Health CUI can be used by any health provider. Even those not using multiple programs, it simplifies entry so if your current user interface is too complicated, the Microsoft CUI can be thrown in to help simplify data entry. However it is mainly targeted to those caregivers who are using multiple programs.

Web Resources:
Microsoft CUI
Health Care Guy

Related Terminology:
CUI
User Interface (UI)
Best of breed
Fully Integrated Software

Citations/References:
Microsoft CUI
Health Care Guy
Softpedia
Scientific American

Graphics:
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Samples – Date and Time

Ambiguous Date DetectedThe date input was: 04-Oct-2007

Samples – MedicationGrid

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Issue Date
Drug Details
Reason
Status


12-Mar-2007


50 mg - 3 times a day - tablet - oral
treatment for hayfever
05-Oct-2007 Active
12-Mar-2007


250 mg - every 6 hours - tablet - oral
treatment for infection in left leg
05-Oct-2007 Active
10-Mar-2007


150 mg - twice daily - tablet - oral
treatment for prevention of stomach ulcer as a side-effect or diclofenac sodium
05-Oct-2007 Active
01-Mar-2007


2.5 mg - daily - tablet - oral
hypertension
05-Oct-2007 Active
02-Jan-2007


4 mg - 4 times a day - tablet - oral
treatment for hayfever
05-Oct-2007 Active
01-Nov-2006


250 mg - every 6 hours - tablet - oral
treatment for infection in left leg
05-Oct-2007 Active
17-Oct-2006


150 mg - twice daily - tablet - oral
treatment for prevention of stomach ulcer as a side-effect of diclofenac sodium
05-Oct-2007 Active
01-Sep-2006

Critical Alert
Critical Alert

50 mg - 3 times a day - tablet - oral
relief for arthritis
05-Oct-2007 Active
01-Jun-2006
Indicator
Indicator

Critical Alert
Critical Alert

125 microgrammes - daily - tablet - oral
treatment of atrial fibrillation
05-Oct-2007 Active
25-Apr-2006


40 mg - daily - tablet - oral
management of cholesterol
05-Oct-2007 Active
23-Jan-2006


50 mg - 3 times a day - tablet - oral
treatment for hayfever
05-Oct-2007 Active
01-Jan-2006
Indicator
Indicator

Critical Alert
Critical Alert

2.5 mg - daily - tablet - oral
hypertension
05-Oct-2007 Active

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Samples – PatientSearchInputBox

Please enter the details for the patient to be searched:
(Use free text: e.g. mr subramanyan chandrasekhar 14/07/1945 SO50 7TH)

Search for my match: On every keystroke
When 'Go' is pressedEnter search text as: Free text input
Structured input

Family name:

Given name:

NHS Number:

Age:

Date of Birth:

Gender:

Title:

Address:

Postcode: