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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: Doc in the box now out of the box

    Our current model for healthcare delivery does a reasonable job meeting the needs of people in developed nations around the world. However, even in those nations that provide good care for citizens there are growing concerns about aging populations, the increasing incidence of chronic disease, and shortages...
  • Blog Post: Your Healthcare Organization’s New Front Door

    Portal   (pôr'tl, pōr'-)  n.   A doorway, entrance, or gate, especially one that is large and imposing. An entrance or a means of entrance: the local library, a portal of knowledge. A website considered as an entry point to other websites, often by being or providing access to a search...
  • Blog Post: Hopping along toward better health in Western Australia

    Regular HealthBlog readers know that I often find symbolism in things that I see as I travel the world. In Japan it was a wooden bridge in a serene garden. In Switzerland it was the Swiss Army Knife. In Banff Canada it was a ladder reaching toward a star on top a Christmas tree. Here in Australia, I...
  • 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: Reaching for the Stars: Mobile Devices and Solutions for Healthcare

    Today I am writing from Banff, Alberta, Canada. I'm here to keynote at the Wireless Connections 2007 conference at the beautiful Fairmont Banff Springs Resort . There is a dusting of fresh snow on the ground as I peer outside the window of my room looking directly over the Bow River Valley. Can ski season...
  • Blog Post: Needed: A Few More Instigators for the Healthcare Internet Revolution

    Yesterday in Las Vegas, I had the pleasure of delivering a keynote luncheon address at the 11th Annual Healthcare Internet Conference . I say pleasure because the audience consisted of the very folks needed to drive and innovate new web services and care delivery models in healthcare. These were marketing...
  • Blog Post: The Healthcare Internet Revolution

    I'm writing this from Philadelphia where this evening I'll be presenting at the 2007 International Freddie Awards . The awards ceremony honors the very best in health and medical media (television, film and video) from around the globe. It is always a star-studded event and a chance to see many of my...
  • 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: Science and Technology in Society Forum: How software could help save the planet

    Today I attended the opening of the 4th Annual Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum in Kyoto, Japan. I'm here at the invitation of Mr. Koji Omi, Member of the House of Representatives and former Finance Minister for Japan. Mr. Omi is also notable as the founder of the STS Forum. It is a genuine...
  • Blog Post: Doctor Google and Doctor Microsoft; if not them, who?

    The Internet is abuzz today following a New York Times article by Steve Lohr about Microsoft's and Google's designs to change the game in healthcare. Readers who follow this Blog will understand very well where I come down on all of this. As a country, maintaining the status quo in our broken healthcare...
  • 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: Extending and coordinating care with Unified Communication: The next wave is here

    Ten years ago I co-founded a company with the aim to provide web-based medical information, secure messaging and virtual visits between patients and their personal physicians. Working in partnership with Microsoft we developed technology that was well ahead of its time, and also well ahead of the market...
  • Blog Post: Your opportunity to help change the world in healthcare: Check out these RFP's from Microsoft Research

    My colleagues at Microsoft Research asked me to spread the word about an announcement they made on Monday during their External Research & Program’s Faculty Summit. Faculty Summit is the premier event hosted by ER&P for academic researchers and professors to meet with Microsoft researchers and...
  • Blog Post: A Common User Interface to Clinical Systems: Making it real

    On October 21st, 2005, I wrote an entry on this Blog about the need for a more common and intuitive user interface to clinical information systems. Here's part of that entry: ***************************************************** Jim Lynch, R.N. is quoted by Health Data Management's on-line news...
  • 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: Medstory debuts on MSN Health and Fitness

    Back in April I posted information on HealthBlog about Medstory, the medical search company that had recently been acquired by Microsoft. I interviewed Medstory founder and CEO, Dr. Alain Rappaport, who I have known for nearly a decade. Alain and I first met while I was co-founding a venture-backed technology...
  • Blog Post: Culture and age as an impediment to the adoption of healthcare IT

    A friend sent me a link to an article written for SearchCIO.com by senior editor, Kate Evans-Corriea. Ms. Evans-Corriea's article entitled " Age Does Matter " reflects on what she says was a common theme at Gartner's recent Symposium ITxpo . That theme is perhaps best captured in a quote from Gartner...
  • 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: Microsoft Surface Computing: Implications for the healthcare industry

    Yesterday, Microsoft officially launched the first commercial product from a group and technology known as Microsoft surface computing. The product is called Milan; a coffee-table sized PC that takes touch screen technology to entirely new levels and gives users a highly interactive experience with all...
  • Blog Post: The Mobile Clinical Assistant; a new category in Tablet PCs for healthcare

    Over the past few years Microsoft partner, Motion Computing , has focused on serving the healthcare industry. In February at HIMSS , the company introduced an entirely new category of Tablet PC; the Mobile Clinical Assistant, also known as the C5 . In March, Motion introduced a new full-sized Tablet...
  • 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: If Wal-Mart Did Healthcare......

    Last month, after delivering a keynote address in Orlando and spending a little time visiting Disney attractions, I wrote a piece that pondered what it might be like if Disney did healthcare . Last week I was in Washington, D.C., for the World Health Care Congress . The closing keynote was provided by...
  • Blog Post: The next wave in remote monitoring: Better care, peace of mind

    In previous Blog entries I've talked about the next wave in remote physiological monitoring. Mobile technologies, devices and web services will soon allow us to remotely monitor patients suffering from chronic diseases or elderly people living alone in their homes. The devices and technologies will be...
  • Blog Post: The Story on MedStory

    One of the big announcements during HIMSS last February was Microsoft’s acquisition of a company specializing in medical search. That company is called MedStory . Recently, I caught up with MedStory founder and CEO, Dr. Alain Rappaport , M.D., Ph.D., for a conversation about his company and why he decided...
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