Doc­tor, doc­tor

Mac Format - - APPLE TALK -

I am within a whisker of pur­chas­ing the de­mon­i­cally gor­geous iPad Pro – pro­vid­ing it will op­er­ate prop­erly in re­spect of a spe­cific task.

We, at this med­i­cal prac­tice, use Mi­crosoft Jour­nal, in which all our pa­tients’ records are stored. I think it an ex­cel­lent idea to switch to the iPad Pro for this pur­pose if Mi­crosoft Jour­nal can be run on it. Our cur­rent ar­range­ment com­prises a Mi­crosoft Sur­face Pro, con­nected via Wi-Fi to our server, but I would pre­fer to use Mi­crosoft Jour­nal on an iPad Pro.

As I understand it, Ap­ple has pro­vided em­u­la­tion fa­cil­i­ties for some Mi­crosoft pro­grams. Fin­gers crossed that Jour­nal will work on the iPad Pro. Dr. Ge­orges S. Kaye Alex Blake says… Sadly, I think Mi­crosoft Jour­nal is part of Win­dows rather than a sep­a­rate ap­pli­ca­tion or ser­vice, so you can’t ac­tu­ally put it on an iPad. How­ever, I’m sure you could mi­grate your data to an­other app that could man­age those records, but as I don’t know the specifics of your data it would be wrong to ad­vise on some­thing. Also, you’d need guar­an­tees that all as­pects of that data could be suc­cess­fully mi­grated, which only speak­ing to the de­vel­op­ers of a data­base app could ad­vise on. You could con­sider al­ter­na­tives to Win­dows Jour­nal, such as Mi­crosoft OneNote, which does work on Win­dows, Mac and iOS de­vices, al­though as OneNote syncs its data to the cloud there will pa­tient con­fi­den­tial­ity and se­cu­rity is­sues that you would have to in­ves­ti­gate.

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