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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.

New Audio-cast: Windows Vista, Office 2007 and SharePoint Server- Bringing it all together in healthcare

New Audio-cast: Windows Vista, Office 2007 and SharePoint Server- Bringing it all together in healthcare

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Whether you are a technical, business, clinical leader or anybody else in your healthcare organization you are confronted with challenges unique to healthcare. Now, new technologies such as Microsoft Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system, and complementary solutions such as Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, are transforming the healthcare industry. They are facilitating breakthrough innovations in areas that matter most to healthcare organizations, whether it’s optimizing desktop infrastructure; protecting patient data; empowering healthcare professionals; enabling your mobile workforce; or reaching new heights in communication, collaboration, and data analysis.

Recently I had an opportunity to sit down for a conversation with some representative customers to talk about their experiences with the new Windows Vista operating system, the 2007 Microsoft Office System  and SharePoint Server.  What I liked most about doing this particular program is that we feature solutions that span from the complex environment of a typical community hospital to an individual physician practice.  Representatives from Englewood Hospital in New Jersey tell us how they transformed HR in their institution using these solutions.  Meanwhile, Dr. Benjamin Albano at Twin Cities Internal Medicine is typical of the new breed of younger physicians who are leveraging every aspect of information technology to practice higher quality, safer care while maximizing office and personal productivity. 

I hope you enjoy the show!

Bill Crounse, MD             Worldwide Health Director                Microsoft

Better Together:  Windows Vista and Office 2007—Making a difference in healthcare
This program is also available in MP3 for download.

Tune into this audio broadcast to find out how executives and clinicians at Englewood Hospital and Twin Cities Internal Medicine are using technology to help improve business processes, increase productivity, create more satisfied users, and offer better patient care.

Panel guests 

Gary Wilhelm, Sr., Business and Financial Systems Manager, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, is responsible for the organization’s Intranet, employee portal, Microsoft SQL Server, and business and financial management systems. He enrolled the Medical Center in the Windows Vista and 2007 Microsoft Office system early adopter programs.

Jeanette M. Matesic, Director, Benefits/Human Resources Information Systems, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, manages a $10+ million benefits budget and is responsible for continually improving automation of human capital management processes. She administers a benefits program for 2,300 employees and PeopleSoft, a program that tracks employee data of all kinds. Jeanette holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) designation from the Society for Human Resource Management. 

Benjamin Albano, M.D., Internist, Twin Cities Internal Medicine, Festus, Missouri. He is a graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine and did his residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

Brad Cassity, Managing Partner, Curas, Inc., an information technology (IT) consulting firm that provides professional advisory services to small and midsize physician practices, focusing specifically on implementing eClinicalWorks, the leading electronic medical records and practice management solution. Brad provides enterprise-level consulting and IT expertise to healthcare businesses, bringing with him extensive prior experience serving companies in various roles such as lead IT strategy consultant, customer relationship management (CRM) practice manager, managing consultant, CIO, and IT director.

Chris Sullivan, Healthcare Industry Solution Director, Microsoft Healthcare and Life Sciences.

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