Surface for healthcare.
Microsoft Surface provides numerous tools ideal for supporting sustainable care—especially in these times of rapid digitalisation. This includes lightweight tablets and large Surface Hub monitors for collaboration.
With 5.8 million workers, healthcare is a significant component of the German labour market. Every tenth person in employment works in this sector, but the figures are declining, not least because of the enormous burden of the coronavirus pandemic. The whole sector is struggling with high workloads, in part caused by analogue approaches. Daily face-to-face communication with patients is important for establishing a relationship of trust, but highly inefficient for dialogue between medical staff from an administrative point of view. Moreover, paper documents and patient data shared between sites via fax are still standard practice in many healthcare institutions.
According to a survey by the German Federal Statistical Office, healthcare was 37% digitalised, trailing behind all other German sectors. And by 2022, it forecasts that marginal growth of just two index points will be achieved. In the last 18 months, the sector came under the media spotlight while battling the coronavirus pandemic. This had the effect of increasing the workload of all involved and pushed the entire healthcare system to its logistical and human limits. At the same time, acceptance for digital healthcare rose across the country—both patients and medical staff were twice as likely to use digital options.