HealthBlog

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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    Healthcare IT Needs Regulatory Harmonization Too

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    As reported in Healthcare IT News this week, HHS awarded contracts to 22 states and territories to examine state privacy laws and security practices as they relate to health information exchange. The contracts and subcontracts with the Agency for Healthcare...
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    Healthcare Goes Retail: A conversation with MinuteClinic

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    Have you been following this new healthcare business trend? Clinics offering limited primary care services are popping up in neighborhood pharmacies and discount retail stores. Staffed by nurse practitioners or physicians and offering services that are...
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    A Call for Transparency in Healthcare Cost and Quality

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    At the Consumer Directed Health Care Congress in San Francisco last week, a panelist challenged the audience with a question. "How much", he asked, "does it cost to change a battery in a pacemaker?" Conference attendees gasped when he revealed the answer...
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    First Peek: Windows Vista in Healthcare

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    I thought HealthBlog readers would be interested in a new article I wrote for my House Calls series on Microsoft's Healthcare and Life Sciences site. It's about new features in the soon-to-be-released Windows Vista operating system that will make the...
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    Telemedicine and Consumer Directed Health Care: A common thread

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    Monday morning, I had the pleasure of delivering the Kenneth Bird Annual Distinguished Lecture at the 11th annual meeting of the American Telemedicine Association in San Diego. The theme of my presentation followed a short article I wrote that is posted...
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    Some Unexpected Benefits and Rewards from an Electronic Medical Record

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    I just returned from Chicago where I had the pleasure to speak to more than 75 healthcare executives at the Allscripts Annual Users Summit. Of course, in many ways I was speaking to the proverbial choir. Most of the CEOs and other executives attending...
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May, 2006