Windows 10 IoT Devices for Healthcare

October 5, 2016

When healthcare organizations take advantage of the Azure Cloud platform, they can use the IoT Suite to run and expand their business. The Microsoft Azure IoT Suite is a collection of integrated cloud services (analytics, computing, database, mobile, networking, storage, and web) that help you move faster and save money.

Healthcare with the cloud

With the use of smart, connected devices like patient wearables, diagnostic and imaging equipment, and complex surgical machines, healthcare institutions are empowered with enormous insights. Health systems built on Windows 10 IoT allows for enhanced patient care, increase in collaboration, easier access to specialists, and an overall path to smarter and smoother operations. Increasing medical device interoperability could save the healthcare industry $30 billion annually by reducing drug errors and missed diagnoses according to the West Health Institute. Additionally, by helping providers and individuals monitor patient illness and disease and increase human wellness, IoT is estimated to drive an economic value of $200 billion to $1.6 trillion by 2025, according to McKinsey. Healthcare is second only to manufacturing in its adoption of the Internet of Things. Ninety percent of hospitals use six or more medical devices that can be integrated with electronic health records, yet only a third do.


One common platform

Ready to run on devices of every shape and size, with one universal app platform, one security model, and one deployment and management approach. Windows 10 IoT reduces infrastructure complexity, enabling healthcare organizations to link disparate devices and systems and connect them to EHRs more easily and quickly.

Increased productivity

Whether used by physicians in exam rooms, healthcare providers, lab technicians in hospitals, or home healthcare aides on location, the same app can be tailored and delivered through multiple form factors to provide
seamless quality care when and where it’s needed.


Windows 10 IoT introduces a number of advancements in security and identity protection features that are easy to deploy and manage without compromising the user experience. Windows 10 IoT safeguards patient data—both protected health information (PHI) and personally identifiable information (PII)—in a variety of ways. Data is always encrypted when it is transmitted or at rest. Windows 10 IoT devices have access controls with biometrics and multi-factor authentication, enabling only authorized staff to access patient data. You can use devices and controls to isolate key processes and protect operating systems and devices from running unwanted apps. You can manage large device fleets with ease, knowing who is using them, what they are running, and where they are at all times.

Connected devices

Windows 10 IoT is designed to work with the devices you already own—as well as the new, innovative devices you deploy to gain powerful new capabilities. Ensure interoperability across your device fleet, incorporate new sensors and peripherals easily, and connect seamlessly. Empower healthcare providers with mobile devices that enable them to capture data, perform critical operations, and increase daily productivity. Use the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite to extend access to vital patient, organization, and network data; store and analyze it; and act with confidence from wherever your work takes you.

Continuous innovation

Windows 10 IoT is delivered as a service, giving healthcare providers and networks more choice and flexibility by allowing them to select the speed of innovation that is right for each group of users or devices. Healthcare organizations can elect to provide frequent updates to certain segments of users and provide only security and essential updates to non-mission-critical systems.