Dear HealthBlog readers.
For the first time in more than a decade, I won’t be attending HIMSS this year. I’ll certainly miss seeing so many of my friends and colleagues who make the annual trek to what is unquestionably one of the leading Health IT conferences in the world. The reason I won’t be attending is because I will be taking a sabbatical from my work here at Microsoft in March and April of this year. I’ll be providing more information about that later in the month as well as who’ll be filling my shoes here on HealthBlog while I’m away. In the meantime, I wanted to share this information about the Microsoft Health Users Group annual innovation awards. If you are fast on the draw, it’s not too late to enter. See below.
It’s that time of year again for the members of the Microsoft Health Users Group (HUG) to submit nominations for the 16th annual Microsoft HUG Innovation Awards. This is a special opportunity to showcase how your customer or your own organization is using technology to improve the quality of patient care, reduce costs, streamline clinical and business processes and enable better informed decisions. The Microsoft HUG Awards are our opportunity to shine a light on the companies that addressed industry challenges in innovative ways.
Last year we honored:
This year we’ve updated the award categories to reflect the evolving industry. The awards continue to honor innovative ways partners and customers are leveraging Microsoft technology to impact patient engagement, optimize electronic medical records and infrastructure solutions.
We encourage hospitals, health systems, clinics, group practices, public health organizations and health plans to submit nominations that share how they developed and implemented a solution based on the latest Microsoft technology - either independently or with a technology partner. The award emphasizes the innovative application of software and the creation of new solution. We’re looking for companies that have really created a breakthrough in technology and have made a significant business impact using our technology and we’re looking forward to reading your stories.
Think you have something that sounds like a fit? Have a solution you’d like to share? Find out more about the award submissions and download the official entry form. The deadline for entry is Friday, February 8th at 5:00PM PST.
Bill Crounse, MD Senior Director, Worldwide Health Microsoft
Can you provide an update on where we are with using Kinect and Xbox directly for health applications?
There is a lot of activity for both Kinect for Xbox 360 and Kinect for Windows in health and fitness. There are dozens of commercial games now on the market to improve fitness, help people lose weight, or reduce stress. Likewise there are scores of companies that are working on commercial applications using Kinect (for Windows) for physical medicine and rehabilitation, touch-less navigation of PACS and other clinical systems, and for monitoring the safety of seniors in their homes. Some examples include www.gestsure.com, www.jintronix.com, and www.atlas5D.com .
Bill Crounse, MD