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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.

Hospital System Leads the Way with Unified Communications in Clinical Practice

Hospital System Leads the Way with Unified Communications in Clinical Practice

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For far too long, healthcare workers have had to rely on paper, phone and fax to communicate and collaborate in the care of their patients. Yes, there are times when these tools are perfectly adequate.  But must we continue to rely on these relatively antiquated tools and technologies when much improved, more efficient, and effective ways to do our work are now available?

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Today’s most progressive healthcare organizations are equipping clinicians  with contemporary solutions to seamlessly connect them with colleagues, specialists, nurses, and other clinicians while improving patient safety and care outcomes in the process. One such organization is the Asklepios Group, one of the leading healthcare providers in Europe. Asklepios owns and operates more than 100 hospitals, acute care centers and rehabilitation clinics around the world.

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In this month’s edition of my popular House Calls for Healthcare Professionals series of audio-casts, I interview an administrator and a clinician from the Asklepios flagship hospital in Barmbek just outside of Hamburg, Germany.  Find out how Microsoft Unified Communications technology is being applied to clinical practice.  Hear from one of the hospital’s leading clinicians why having instantaneous access to professional colleagues via messaging, e-mail, voice or video from any desktop, laptop, or Smartphone is contributing to more efficacious, higher quality patient care.  After listening to the program, you may also wish to view a video we have prepared to help explain why innovative healthcare organizations around the world are turning to Microsoft Unified Communications technologies. image

If you are frustrated that you don’t have better tools to communicate and  collaborate with colleagues and care team members.  If you are tired of playing phone tag and wasting time trying to reach other people in your organization.  If you wonder why you are limited to using only synchronous means of communication in the care of your patients.  If you think there must be a better way, then this program is for you!

Listen to the audio-cast

Program Guests

Jörg Focke, speaker of the Asklepios Future Hospital, started his professional career as an IT consultant within the field of pharmacy.

Dr. Carsten Pohlmann, senior registrar of the Asklepios Clinic Barmbek in Hamburg, Germany, has clinical specialties in neurology and stroke medicine as well as neurovascular ultrasound.

Jens Dommel is the vertical lead for healthcare at Microsoft Deutschland GmbH.

Watch the video

Bill Crounse, MD Senior Director, Worldwide Health Microsoft

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