By now, the majority of America has noticed the new Windows 8 advertisement with young hipsters clicking iPad-like computer screens to a keyboard computer base: touch screens, magnetic attachments to computer bases, pretty colors with cool graphic user interfaces. It all looks so cool, so hip.
But doctors should forget these things for the Electronic Medical Record of tomorrow. After all, our biggest EMR, EPIC, has been developed and tested with Windows XP or Windows 7 and it uses the MUMPS programming language.
I wonder, how long will the our next Windows platforms remain backwardly compatible to support our expensive EMRs? How long will a non-graphic and cumbersome user interface MUMPS survive in tomorrow's graphical computer world? More to the point: how much would updating to a more current operating system cost in the future?
Yeah, we're stuck with what we've got for a very long time.