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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.

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  • Blog Post: Don’t get trapped in a health data vortex without the tech you need to manage it

    HealthBlog readers may have noted my absence over the last two weeks. That’s because I was taking a little break from my day job at Microsoft.  My wife and I enjoyed a much needed vacation in Sedona, Arizona, that included a side trip and overnight stay at the Grand Canyon.  Although August...
  • Blog Post: It’s what you do next…..with your EMR

    Yesterday, I had the honor of delivering a luncheon keynote address at the LifeScience Alley annual conference and exhibition in Minneapolis.  Despite the major snowstorm that swept the Midwest this week, more than 1200 people showed up for this annual gathering of movers and shakes in the life...
  • Blog Post: Learn more about “Clinical Groupware”

    On my HealthBlog post of June 24th I posed the question, “Is it time for Clinical Groupware?”  Well, apparently the answer is YES!  Since June, a number of my colleagues have come together to form what is now known as the Clinical Groupware Collaborative.  The Collaborative’s mission is...
  • Blog Post: The “Green Patient Lab” provides a glimpse of future healing environments

    Today I’m in Phoenix, Arizona, to keynote at what is for me a different kind of industry conference.  Each year, I provide dozens of keynotes at industry conferences for healthcare providers and information technologists all over the world.  But this one is special; special because this conference...
  • Blog Post: Remedies for the Meltdown: What savvy healthcare organizations need to do now

    In the January 6th edition of Hospitals and Health Networks Weekly on-line journal, my colleague Ian Morrison offers an insightful editorial on the impact of the world financial meltdown on health and healthcare.  He rightfully points out that the health industry isn’t immune from financial downturns;...
  • Blog Post: Get Your Golden Ticket Here: The Microsoft Health Users Group Conference

    Would you like to get the latest scoop on HealthVault and Microsoft Amalga ? How about a sneak peek at future health solutions using Microsoft Surface ? Would you like to see how some of the world's leading healthcare organizations are improving workflow collaboration and delighting patients with Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Warning! For American clinicians only

    OK, I hope the headline caught your attention. If you are a clinician, keep reading. If you are not a doctor, nurse or other healthcare provider it's OK to read this too. In fact, you probably should. A regular theme on HealthBlog has been the growing use of contemporary, lower-priced, very powerful...
  • Blog Post: Healthcare gets WIRED

    No, this isn't another story about Unified Communications, cellular phones, or even healthcare's most wired hospitals. It's about a keynote address I attended this morning at the World Healthcare Innovation and IT Congress in Washington, D.C., at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel . I find myself in the...
  • Blog Post: More evidence the healthcare world is flat

    I'm writing this on my flight back to Seattle from the Consumer Health World Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference is actually just getting underway. My stay was abbreviated due to the fact that I have a mid-week speaking engagement in California followed by a return trip to D.C. at week's end...
  • Blog Post: Going Green: Another ROI for the EMR

    A year ago last February my life almost came to an end. My wife and I were driving down a country lane when out of the corner of my right eye, I saw a flash of green. At that exact moment my wife uttered "Oh my God". I saw her cover her head and then BAM; my windshield literally exploded, the glass blew...
  • Blog Post: Data input: Still a final frontier in clinical computing but progress is being made

    I've called "data input" the final frontier in clinical computing. In fact, data input has been a frequent topic on HealthBlog these past few years. If you want to see for yourself, just type in "data input" in the handy search box on the upper right-hand corner of my Blog. Up will come entries about...
  • Blog Post: A New Day in Healthcare IT

    In my last Blog posting I hinted that a "new day was coming in Healthcare IT". As HealthBlog readers may have surmised, I had advance knowledge of an announcement that was made late last evening and is hitting the press today. That announcement is the purchase by Microsoft of a company called Global...
  • Blog Post: Mailbag: HealthBlog readers confirm some important trends

    I wanted to share a couple of insightful comments on previous HealthBlog posts that I received this week. One reader responds to my post about a public hospital in Spain, Torrevieja Salud , that I wrote about while attending a health leaders event in Barcelona last December. Using commodity software...
  • Blog Post: The commodity storm; unleashing an EMR tornado for small physician offices and clinics

    My latest travels took me to Louisville, Kentucky, where I provided a keynote for a breakfast event organized by Health Enterprises Network . It was a gathering of more than 275 healthcare, business, and community leaders from around the central Kentucky region. I don't know why, but I seem to have...
  • Blog Post: Bridging the Gaps in Healthcare IT

    I'm sitting in Narita Airport waiting for my flight back to Seattle and reflecting on my experiences at the STS Forum in Kyoto and the meetings I had with customers in Tokyo. Besides the opportunity to hear from Japan's new prime minister, I was thrilled to attend a luncheon presentation given by...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Healthcare Common User Interface: Now available free worldwide

    Anyone who works in healthcare knows that many of today’s clinical software applications leave a lot to be desired when it comes to “user experience”. Unlike ubiquitous, commodity software used in other businesses, healthcare applications are highly proprietary and often based on legacy technologies...
  • Blog Post: American Healthcare and Falling Bridges: Too much in common

    I've mentioned before on this Blog that I'm a fan of Most-Wired Online and its guest editorials. Every so often, a Most-Wired edition comes across my desk that especially draws me in. This week's editorials by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island on Building a National Health IT Infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Arkansas Children's Hospital: IT Innovations Enhancing the Care of Hospitalized Children

    Every so often we do a program in my House Calls for Healthcare Professionals series of audio and video-casts that really seems to hit the mark in demonstrating the value of Microsoft technologies in the healthcare industry. I want to draw your attention to one such program. Arkansas Children’s...
  • Blog Post: Commodity software; the next wave in contemporary hospital information systems

    Hospital de São Sebastião Earlier this year, I shared the amazing story of Torrevieja Salud Hospital in the Valencia Region of Spain. Hospital IT staff at Torrevieja Salud had built a very robust, end-to-end hospital information system using commodity, off-the-shelf developer tools, software, and...
  • Blog Post: A hospital electronic patient record built with Microsoft Office System

    In previous HealthBlog entries, I've told you about the growing trend of hospitals using commodity software to run the enterprise including electronic medical record systems based on Microsoft standard products. Most of these examples come from outside the United States where perhaps there's more emphasis...
  • Blog Post: Motion Computing C5 Mobile Clinical Assistant: Right device, right time

    A surefire big hit at HIMSS this year will be Motion Computing's new C5 Mobile Clinical Assistant . Billed as the first ultra mobile wireless computer made specifically to address the workflow needs of doctors, nurses and other clinicians, the C5 is truly unique. The C5 is the first highly sealed, fully...
  • Blog Post: Healthcare IT Innovation in the Most Surprising Places: When size doesn't matter

    I'm back from Kansas City where we hosted a very enjoyable Healthcare Executive Forum event with some of our customers. Every time I get out in the field I'm amazed by some of the great work our customers are doing to improve work flow processes, patient safety, care quality, and the satisfaction of...
  • Blog Post: Healthcare 2007: The paper blizzard persists

    Earlier this week I had the pleasure of undergoing an outpatient medical procedure in one of Seattle’s most highly regarded medical centers. Without getting into unpleasant details, let’s just say it was one of those screening exams we’re all supposed to do every 5 to 10 years beyond a certain age and...
  • Blog Post: A Paperless Hospital Information System for less than 1Million? What we can learn from Spain

    Earlier this week I was in Barcelona, Spain, presenting at a Microsoft customer event called the Health Industry Leaders Innovation Forum. Healthcare executives from across the EMEA region came together to share information on how they are using information technology in healthcare and to exchange ideas...
  • Blog Post: Employer-driven "Electronic Health Records": A needed catalyst for healthcare IT?

    I've commented before on this Blog that much of the true innovation I see in the implementation of advanced information technology solutions in healthcare, particularly electronic health and medical records, is happening outside of the United States. There are two reasons why this is so. First, most...
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