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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.

Microsoft XBox: Yet another great development platform for healthcare

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 shares my passion about the potential for information technology to transform healthcare delivery while improving care safety and quality.  He's done some pioneering work using the PC and Internet to improve compliance in the management of diabetes.  His new grant will allow him to explore how to utilize other kinds of devices and interfaces such as gaming systems, SmartPhones, and perhaps interactive digital television.  Dr. Clifford Goldsmith and I have written on this topic in previous Blog entries.  We both see a huge potential for integrating health information and medical services into the "digital lifestyle".  Dr. Goldberg's focus on younger patients is especially compelling since the digital lifestyle is already second nature for this group.  And as technology evolves to reduce the complexity of setting up and using smart devices in the home, we'll open up a new realm of possibilities for the provision and monitoring of healthcare.

What do you think?  Let us know.

Bill Crounse, M.D.   Healthcare Industry Director   Microsoft Healthcare and LIfe Sciences

 

  • The potential good that improved computerization offers for healthcare is huge. It is a great idea to use non-PC devices for patients with chronic diseases, especially for young patients. The real obstacle may be the PC on the other end. Can the results from the X-Box Blood Sugar Console get to the clinic's computer? The healthcare industry suffers from having been computerized very early on-- there are many established, medium-sized software vendors out there who all have their own standards for electronic communication of medical data. Good luck getting any one of them to handle an incoming file format for a reasonable price in a reasonable time frame. I'm sure this is not unique to Healthcare, but the demands of standardization across the industry (even amongst competitors) highlights the problem. I think privacy and security is manageable, it is data transfer that scares me.

    Roberta Nielsen,
    Santa Barbara, CA
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