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Microsoft HUG--Wish you were here Day 2

Microsoft HUG--Wish you were here Day 2

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If you want to go straight to the really sexy stuff, scroll toward the bottom of this entry and see the photos and video of Microsoft Surface in Health.  If you want a more complete view of the day's proceedings, read on.

Yesterday ended with a very nice cocktail reception held at the Microsoft Conference Center; the site for our annual Microsoft Healthcare Users Group meeting in Redmond.  I always look forward to the social events around our conference as an opportunity to catch up with good friends and business associates from around the country and the world.

Turning Health Data into Knowledge

Today kicked off with an opening keynote by Steve Shihadeh (left in the photo) VP of Sales and Marketing for our Health Solutions Group.  Steve spoke on "The Transformative Power of Technology at the IntersectionIMG_0541 of Physicians and Patients".  He was joined on stage by Dr. Clyde Wesp, CMIO for St. Joseph Health System in Orange, California.  You may recall that St. Joseph Health System was recently featured on my House Calls for Healthcare Professionals audio-cast series when their CIO, Larry Stofko, spoke about the value his organization is experiencing with Microsoft Amalga.

Later in the day, conference attendees received a briefing on Microsoft's Connected Health Framework and Platform in a presentation that was anchored by our senior technical strategist, Teddy Bachour.  You can update your knowledge on that topic by visiting a previous HealthBlog posting with links to additional information on the Microsoft Developers Network, MSDN.

Facilitating Caregiver Communication and Collaboration

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Both yesterday, and again today, conference attendees were treated to presentations given by my colleagues in our Unified Communications group.  HealthBlog readers know that I am a huge proponent for the use of UC in healthcare.  Our UC technology brings together messaging, e-mail, telephony, voice, video and conferencing.  For developers, our UC platform enables a high degree of customization to better meet the unique requirements of healthcare.  I was honored to join my UC colleagues on stage to review the huge opportunities afforded by Unified Communications that will fundamentally change the way care teams communicate and collaborate with each other and their patients.  You can learn more by visiting one of my previous posts on this topic.  You can also watch a video we produced that will help you envision the possibilities.

The Big News is Surface in Health

IMG_0548 Although there is much more that happened at Microsoft HUG, it is beyond the scope of HealthBlog to cover it all.  But I wanted to leave you with what I consider to be one of the highlights of the show and that is Surface Computing in health.  Until recently, our Surface team has been focusing on other vertical industries.  But from the first time I saw surface in Andy Wilson's lab at Microsoft Research, I knew it had healthcare written all over it.  It has taken some time to bring together the right developers and partners to apply Surface technology in health, but we are finally there. 

IMG_0550I was thrilled to be asked to participate in the closing keynote at Microsoft HUG where we unveiled for the first time some of the healthcare applications being developed for Surface.  Randy Fusco, chief technology officer for our US Health and Life Sciences team lead the discussion.  He was joined by Eric Rock, CTO of Microsoft partner, Medhost; Tim Huckaby, CEO of Microsoft partner InterKnowlogy; and Dr. Peter Kuhn of the Scripps Research Institute.  Eric, Tim and Peter showed examples of how Surface can be used as a collaborative work-flow tool for doctors and nurses in the emergency room, for surgeons mapping out complex new surgical procedures,or for researchers as they work on new drug discoveries.  And this is just the beginning!  As Surface director of product management, Matt Champagne, said at the opening of the keynote, "Surface is open for business".   To help you understand how Surface is being used in health, check out the video clip that I shot just prior to this afternoon's keynote.

So there you have it.  If you missed out on Microsoft HUG this summer in Redmond, we hope to see you next time around in Chicago during HIMSS.

Bill Crounse, MD  Senior Director, Worldwide Health   Microsoft Corporation

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