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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.

Improving Health Around the World through Software Innovation

Improving Health Around the World through Software Innovation

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During my recent business trip to Australia, I was invited to sit down for an interview with Sky News Television, Australia’s national cable news network.  I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak to Sky News.  Last year, I did my first interview with the network.  That was long before the meltdown of our US economy and its ripple effect on the rest of the world.  It is rare to get a lengthy interview on national television.  It is even more rare to be invited back a second time.  So, we cleared the decks on my agenda and headed right over to Sky News.

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The frenetic Sky News studio was familiar turf this time around.  I was  fortunate to be interviewed by the same anchor/reporter who I spoke with last year.  Natalie Murray is a seasoned professional.  She recalled many details of last year’s interview and gave me an opportunity to share my thoughts on the changes that have occurred since my visit last February.

As I pointed out in the interview, Australia and America are on somewhat parallel tracks.  Both countries have new elected officials.  Both countries are challenged by weak economies.  Both countries have put forward an economic stimulus package.  Both countries have identified healthcare as needing reform, and both countries are making recommendations about what kind of reforms are required.

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I believe that economic strife and uncertainly can be powerful catalysts for change.  As such, there has never been a better time to leverage the power of software and information technology to revolutionize the way we provide health information and medical services.

If you’ve got nine and a half minutes (yes, they really did give me that much time on national television) you can find out why I’m so optimistic about the future of health and healthcare, and why information technology and software will play a very big role in making care more accessible, affordable, and satisfying.

Bill Crounse, MD   Senior Director, Worldwide Health  Microsoft Corporation

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