Microsoft Surface Demo: Patient Consultation Interface by Infusion

Currently, I’m working in an agile team, development a health care and administration application. I’m a newbie to health development world, but I’m impressed about the complexity and variety of requirements and opportunities to explore and exploit. It’s an exciting field for development.

Presenting patient information to medical professionals can be a challenging job. One of the team members just discovered this video, from Microsoft partner, demoing a Surface application to view patient information:

I read at Youtube video page information:

The Microsoft Surface Patient Consultation Interface enables doctors to relate complex concepts through simple interactions.


The Surface Patient Consultation Interface augments and facilitates the conversations that a doctor regularly has with his or her patients through a unique, interactive representation on the Microsoft Surface. With the use of static and active media elements, a doctor is able to demonstrate and relate complex medical procedures or conditions in laymans terms to their patients.

Doctors are able to use this tool to exchange content and information with their patients, adding a feeling of security to the transfer of electronic information between doctor and patient. Through the use of slide menus, touch interaction, and a simple navigation system, the application gives doctors the opportunity to provide their patients with a valuable educational experience.

The application is divided into 2 distinct views and makes use of five interaction points:


The Content View allows the viewing of shared content in a free-form fashion. This view facilitates easy observation and a simple summary of any topics shared during a session.

The Anatomic View presents content for viewing in the context of the human body. This view enables the uncomplicated observation of specific diagnosis information and educational content.

Within both views, content can be manipulated to allow doctor and patient to easily see and access information together. The three primary forms of content that can be displayed include: documents, photographs, and videos. The capability also exists for presenting additional content such as 3D models.


The Content and Anatomic views are traversed via 5 common elements.

PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION components enable both the patient and doctor to share and store information. Identification occurs when the patient or doctor places their identification card on the Surface. For the patient, the identification card provides the ability to share and receive content from their Microsoft HealthVault account. For doctors, identification allows them to share generic and educational content with the patient.

The ANATOMIC LOCATOR enables the doctor to focus on a specific area of the body. This action is performed by selecting and manipulating one of five body types that can be used for accessing content: exterior, organ, circulatory, nervous and skeletal.

The ORB MENU draws data from the patients HealthVault account when a patient enters the content view. This hierarchical and easily navigated menu enables the selection of new content for the current session through the selection and dragging of content orbs located near the patients HealthVault card.

The WEB MENU allows the doctor to display content within the Anatomical View. Once a body type is selected, key points on the body relating to the shared content are highlighted. This content includes documents, static images, and videos arranged around the point of interest.

CONTENT ITEMS are a part of the overall interaction within the application and consist of documents, photographs, and videos. These multimedia tools are embedded into the patients information, interaction points within body types, or any other educational portion of the application.

To learn more about Infusion and Microsoft Surface, visit: or email

More info about Infusion works with Surface, at their blogs:

There are interesting topics, as tips for Surface development and UI design.

Angel “Java” Lopez

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