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Microsoft Health Tech Today—June Program Preview

Microsoft Health Tech Today—June Program Preview

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I’m delighted to provide a sneak preview of our season closer for Microsoft Health Tech Today.  Our June program, which launches June 9th, has a terrific line-up of special guests and cool technologies at the intersection of health and information technology.

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First up is a visit with my friend and colleague Dr. Matt Handley.  Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound is recognized as a world leader in the provision of eHealth services to its member patients.  Whether it is scheduling a visit, exchanging e-mail with your doctor, or looking at your test results and medical records on-line, Group Health does it all.  Dr. Handley will explain the benefits that eHealth services bring to the organization and its patients.

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Next we pay a visit to Wound Technology Network.  This innovative approach to wound care lowers costs, reduces hospitalizations and vastly improves patient satisfaction.  See how Wound Technology Network uses Smartphones to transmit images and video to their wound care command center where patients and caregivers get advice from wound care experts.

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Have you ever wondered how advanced imaging technologies improve patient care?  On our June episode of Health Tech Today we’ll see how Philips Healthcare is using tools that collect data at the point of care and share that data quickly and efficiently. Patient safety and hospital savings are measurable and better healthcare is the result.

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Finally, I’m joined on the show by Bill Davenhall of ESRI.  We reprise this amazing personal story to show how geo-mapping data overlaid with information about environmental toxins may add to understanding our personal risk for certain diseases.  Mr. Davenhall shares what he learned about his own health while exploring the possible relationship between the places you have lived and your health.

Please take a look at our Health Tech Today program trailer for June right now, and prepare yourself for another informative episode when we launch on June 9th.  Remember, our program player let’s you decide what program segments to watch.  You can watch the entire show, or just the segments that interest you.  We also have our entire season of shows available for on-line viewing, including the option to watch on YouTube and Microsoft Showcase.

 

Bill Crounse, MD   Senior Director, Worldwide Health   Microsoft

  • I am curious about your opinion on the EMR / EHR article that was recently published in the Journal of Surgical Radiology (http://www.SurgRad.com). www.surgisphere.com/.../119-column-why-mds-dread-emrs.html

    Thanks.

  • I would have to agree with most of what is being communicated in the article and comments.  Up until recently, the barriers were largely due to the fact that the technology couldn’t meet the demands of a highly mobile, multi-player, data-intensive workflow.  Things are improving with the availability of ubiquitous high band wireless and devices that can move with end users.  Data input options (voice, digital ink, touch, etc.) are also making things a bit easier, but not easy enough.  The industry is also looking for guidance on a more intuitive and standardized user interface.  But let’s face it; if you are a doc who has been working largely with paper for your entire career, the transition to an EMR is a very steep learning curve and it is very expensive (hardware, software and lost productivity during implementation).

    I believe things are getting better.  Improved technology, cloud computing and the impact of “commodity” will simplify solutions and lower costs.  A generational shift is also moving things along.  Docs coming out of training have never done work without a computer, so using one to practice medicine is perfectly natural to them.

    Thanks for drawing attention to the article and the good debate.

    Bill Crounse, MD

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