A $499.99 Windows 8 app? Yep.

So far, the vast majority of Windows 8 apps that are available to download from the Windows Store are free. If it is a paid app, it usually costs just a few bucks. This week, a developer has a new Windows 8 app available for download that costs $499.99.

This isn't one of those "I'm rich" apps that costs a lot but does nothing. This software, EMR Surface, has been made specifically for the medical profession. According to the app's own description page, it gives medical offices a way to check up on data from their patients, including ways to "Add Appointment, Billing, Family History, Family History Details, Problems, Progress Note, Risk Factor, Vital Sign, Prescription, Drug Interactions, Reminders."

The development team behind this expensive app is called Pariscribe and their website shows that their Windows 8 app is already being used in a pilot program involving a number of doctors' offices with Samsung Series 7 Slates.

So there you have it; well before its official launch, developers working with Windows 8 are already creating very complex (and very expensive) enterprise apps for the operating system. It will be interesting to see what other developers jump in with this kind of software.

Via: McAkins Online
Source: EMR Surface app | Images via Pariscribe

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Folks.

Here is Pariscribe's reply to some of the comments posted, being in the business of Healthcare for over 10 years we can tell your $499 for our EMR Surface product is actually discounted. We sell our Silverlight version of the same functional product at a much higher cost and is much cheaper than the Client Server or ASP competitive products.

We feel that Window 8 OS and its ability to work with devices and integration capabilities with other tools will change the way Medical Offices and Doctors use technology.

We appreciate your comments, and look forward to the success of the product.

Thank You
Pariscribe Team

I see this app will be a nightmare for the billing dept... with so many complicated ways in filing billing in healthcare industry this would be a nightmare to use for anyone. it's much easier to write on a piece of paper and file it away..

What the heck are you talking about. A 500 dollar line of business app isn't expensive at all. Heck, even mass-market CRM apps like Dynamics CRM or Siebel cost in excess of 1500 dollars per user.

OMG I hope this is a replacement for the awful eClinical Works. I'll have to do some more research on this new product of course first.

Out of all of my healthcare clients, the #1 and main feature they want is tablet support and it seems there is no true tablet healthcare apps out that are actually useful.

Use to work at a regional Hospital and I've already had a couple of docs come back from conferences with ooooo we need iPads because of ***fill in the blank**** app will revolutionize this place. Answer, sorry the device doesn't meet the security requirements. Windows 8 tablets assuming they are fully encrypted and support all corporate wireless security protocols and can be centrally managed via SCCM should fair quite a bit better. Though and $500 per install + the cost of the device it is more likely we would stick to convertible notebooks which can function as heavy tablets.

This is what an hours worth of work for a Dr? Most of us aren't in the same tax bracket to be complaining about the price of this app and add to the fact that its not even targeted at "us".

Apps like these are well worth the money. The medical system ain't cheap. nor is the cost of producing medical type software.

If a game costed this much the dev should be shot and his team.

What's the big deal? There have been software exceeding this price for years. Graphics, music, 3D software all cost much more than this medical apps. All of sudden, the price of Angry Bird is the norm?

I work for the nation's leading vendor in healthcare IT and this isn't going to go anywhere in any major healthcare orginazations. Docs swear by iPads and we have an app for that and once we start supporting Windows 8, they'll use our app for that if we make one because most of our customers these days just buy Enterprise.

That being said, it's probably a solid choice for small practices.

spenser.d said,
I work for the nation's leading vendor in healthcare IT and this isn't going to go anywhere in any major healthcare orginazations. Docs swear by iPads and we have an app for that and once we start supporting Windows 8, they'll use our app for that if we make one because most of our customers these days just buy Enterprise.

That being said, it's probably a solid choice for small practices.


How much does your application cost? And how much does the supporting server and infrastructure cost to support it?

MrHumpty said,

How much does your application cost? And how much does the supporting server and infrastructure cost to support it?

I don't know our costs, but it's not that simple. We develop an integrated electronic medical record software suite and sell it to large organizations. We're the best at it. Our app would be worthless without our desktop product and unless this company has a way to integrate it's software with ours, it's would be useless for any docs working for an organization live on our software to buy it.

Jarrichvdv said,
And where's the Metro style in this one? I hate inconsistency :@
Modern is more about spacing and usability guidelines. It doesn't have to all be primary colors and minimal UI elements with blocks.

MrHumpty said,
Modern is more about spacing and usability guidelines. It doesn't have to all be primary colors and minimal UI elements with blocks.

There is a certain style of icons, though, and there's a specific font face (or at least style).

Not sure why this is such a shock. Business software is not exactly cheap. This sounds like a bargain if it does what it is supposed to do.

I don't see what the problem is? This is professional software, costing a professional price. The fact that it is in the market place rather than available in a store on a CD just shows that these developers think that the market place is the way of the future.

Intrinsica said,
I don't see what the problem is? This is professional software, costing a professional price. The fact that it is in the market place rather than available in a store on a CD just shows that these developers think that the market place is the way of the future.

Agreed. However, I'm surprised that an app of this caliber doesn't have it's own way of charging for the application except for the Windows Store transaction service. They could save some serious bucks putting their own payment solution in front of the application and having a "login." Perhaps the 30% -> 20% cost negates that, but I doubt it.

MrHumpty said,

Agreed. However, I'm surprised that an app of this caliber doesn't have it's own way of charging for the application except for the Windows Store transaction service. They could save some serious bucks putting their own payment solution in front of the application and having a "login." Perhaps the 30% -> 20% cost negates that, but I doubt it.

But then, they have to devote resources to do this and it may be more expensive to pay a team to maintain a billing system than being charged 20 or 30% by MS.

Many Psychiatrists use Tablet PCs already, when a slew of Windows 8 tablets come out, look out, this one is going to be popular. Doctors love scribbling their unreadable handwriting with the digitizer pen.

I'm not sure why this is shocking? Before App Stores any software that only cost a few bucks was thought to be a joke or crapware.

Software that is actually innovative and productive vs some random utility that does one or two things are completely different things, apples and oranges.

shockz said,
I'm not sure why this is shocking? Before App Stores any software that only cost a few bucks was thought to be a joke or crapware.

Software that is actually innovative and productive vs some random utility that does one or two things are completely different things, apples and oranges.


Great point Photoshop costs more than this, doesn't it?

Calum said,

Great point Photoshop costs more than this, doesn't it?

Yup. Take Rational Software Architect, for instance it cost $5k.

shockz said,
I'm not sure why this is shocking? Before App Stores any software that only cost a few bucks was thought to be a joke or crapware.

Software that is actually innovative and productive vs some random utility that does one or two things are completely different things, apples and oranges.

Indeed, first example that come to my mind: CRM and financial software like Dynamics GP.

Btw I hope that the names of the patients are fictitious ones....

Fritzly said,

Btw I hope that the names of the patients are fictitious ones....

If you look at the image closely, the first patient has a status/disease/whatever of "TEST". So they aren't real.

vincent said,
I work in healthcare IT and i can tell you this won't sell.

I also work with healthcare professionals and I think this will in fact sell. Doctors are constantly asking for tablets because they see the fancy commercials and want the same experience. What they end up realizing is that while the tablets are cool and hip, they have no relevance in the professional world because their line of business apps are useless or at least cumbersome with them. With Windows as an established professional platform, this gap can more easily be bridged. That's the beauty that Windows 8 brings to the table.

vincent said,
I work in healthcare IT and i can tell you this won't sell.

I also work in HealthCare IT and I can tell you...you know not what you say.

vincent said,
I work in healthcare IT and i can tell you this won't sell.

If it has the ability to connect to some cloud service and works simultaneously with a desktop application, I would say It will sell very well. If not maybe its a high price for it yet useful app I believe.

vincent said,
I work in healthcare IT and i can tell you this won't sell.

It will take healthcare ages to update to Win8 alone. Changing their software all around isnt their top priority. Ensuring it barely works at the lowest cost possible is!