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Thoughts, comments, news, and reflections about healthcare IT from Microsoft's worldwide health senior director Bill Crounse, MD, on how information technology can improve healthcare delivery and services around the world.
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    Data Input: The final frontier in clinical computing

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    I used to say that mobility, or rather the lack of mobility, was a leading factor that has limited the widespread adoption of electronic medical records by physicians. Indeed, until just a few years ago we really hadn't cracked the code on ubiquitous...
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    A Chance to Sound Off: What's Ailing Healthcare?

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    This morning it was my pleasure to attend a Healthcare Advisory Committee Meeting hosted by our 8th District US Congressman for Washington State, Dave Reichert . Congressman Reichert is perhaps best known as King County Sheriff, Dave Reichert, who helped...
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    Pay for Performance: Doctors, are you ready?

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    A major topic at this week's Disorders of the Spine conference at Whistler, B.C., was pay for performance. It is no secret that surgical and treatment outcomes in medicine are all over the place, or that employers and payors including the federal government...
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    Needed: A Standardized Viewer for Digital Imaging

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    As mentioned in my last Blog entry, I'm attending the 18th Annual Disorders of the Spine conference in Whistler, B.C. This morning I was approached by several surgeons who wanted to vent about a common problem brought on by the increasing prevalence of...
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    Tablet PCs in Healthcare: What's the right device for you?

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    This week I'm off to Whistler, B.C., for the 18th Annual Disorders of the Spine Conference chaired by Dr. Glenn Rechtine. On Monday evening I'll provide a keynote presentation on the Future of Computers in Medicine. Tuesday morning, my colleague Mike...
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    Healthcare IT or Not: No excuse for bad service

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    I applaud my colleague Michael Millenson for shedding light on a very important topic in HHN's January 11th, Most Wired On-Line Magazine , " A Patient's View of Health IT ". I referenced my own family's horrible healthcare experience in an earlier post...
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    Microsoft XBox: Yet another great development platform for healthcare

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    In today's Seattle Times there's an article about my colleague Dr. Harold Goldberg and a grant he has received from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study platform and device options for the management of chronic disease in young people. Dr. Goldberg...
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    A Microsoft Window on Financial Services and the Healthcare Industry

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    In my last entry I promised to share information about a family healthcare crisis I experience over Christmas vacation. In retrospect, I've decided not to share it because it probably wouldn't tell you anything you don't already know about the deficiencies...
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    The Attributes of Clinical Work-Flow

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    Let me start by extending my sincerest thanks to Dr. Clifford Goldsmith for contributing his insightful views to HealthBlog during my vacation. You can be sure that we'll be asking him to become a regular contributor. I will echo on a few thoughts...
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    Evolution of the Clinical Workstation

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    My wife and I just bought a new car this past weekend. It is a hybrid and I never thought I would say it, but this new technology is way cool! I love watching the energy UI on the little computer screen of the car as it shows me how the gas and electric...
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