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A secret shopper's perspectives on the EHR and clinical workflow
As someone who has practiced medicine using both paper and electronic records, and someone who's been focused on the health tech scene for the past 20 years, you might think I've seen it all. Indeed, during my 35 year career in medicine and tech I've traveled the world and learned a lot about healthcare...
10 Dec 2015
Pushing the pause button and being thankful
With the Thanksgiving Holiday fast approaching, I wanted to take a moment to let my readers know how much I have appreciated your patronage of HealthBlog over the years. I've been writing this blog since October of 2005 when my then manager here at Microsoft suggested that a blog might be a good way...
5 Nov 2015
Reinventing and moving beyond the EHR. The proof is all around us.
HealthITNews reports that at least one popular EHR vendor (eClinicalWorks) is launching the flagship version of its cloud service solution by saying, "Don't call it an EHR". Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised by that as the latest EHR satisfaction survey from the AMA and Medscape shows that while EHR...
19 Oct 2015
Health Information Exchange (HIE). A recipe that just might work.
If there is anything that plagues the health industry and severely damages the value proposition for information technology in healthcare, it is the dismal failure to achieve system interoperability and perhaps more importantly, health information exchange. No matter how elegant an individual clinic...
12 Oct 2015
Getting more bang for the buck from your investments in Health IT
If you are an executive or physician leader for a hospital, health system, or clinic I don't have to tell you that electronic medical record solutions are expensive. For many hospitals and clinics, buying and implementing an EMR is one of the more significant investments they will make; sometimes way...
1 Oct 2015
Digital Health Days 2015 in Stockholm
I spent last week in Stockholm, Sweden, meeting with some of our customers and partners. I also had the honor of providing a keynote for an industry conference called Digital Health Days. The Digital Health Days conference is an annual event that brings together clinicians, managers, politicians,...
28 Sep 2015
Nordics at the forefront of extending the reach of virtual healthcare
Having visited the Nordic countries of Europe many times over the last 13 years, it comes as no surprise to me that telemedicine is at the forefront of regional initiatives to improve healthcare access and delivery.This is particularly true in rural areas of the Nordics where the nearest hospital or...
3 Sep 2015
Patient and Power no longer an oxymoron. Just follow the money.
For as long as I've been involved the healthcare industry, both as a physician and healthcare executive, I've always viewed the patient as the most disenfranchised, powerless cog in the wheel. This didn't come from any sort of disdain for patients. In fact, every time I or a family member had to engage...
12 Aug 2015
Improving health and healthcare, a global perspective
If you live in America and work in the healthcare industry it is easy to assume that the issues we face in providing care to our population are uniquely American. While it is true that we spend more per capita on healthcare than other nations, and many would argue that we spend too much for what we get...
11 Aug 2015
The rise of the machines in healthcare. What it portends for clinicians and other workers.
This morning I came across an interesting article by Jason Hiner on ZDNet . The article, When robots eliminate jobs, humans will find better things to do , examines how innovation and new technologies have disrupted jobs throughout history. It makes the case, be it in farming or the manufacture of automobiles...
3 Aug 2015
Bringing clinical workflow to life with Microsoft and Windows 10
On Wednesday, July 29th, Microsoft releases Windows 10. The world awaits. Of course here at Microsoft, many of us have been testing and using early builds, and now the final build, of Windows 10 for quite some time. In fact, millions of people who don't work at Microsoft, those who participated in the...
27 Jul 2015
Trust matters in health and healthcare, and so do standards on privacy, security and compliance
Spoiler alert! The subject of this blog post will be quite boring for most of my readers. It is, however, one of the most important topics I could share with you. It seems almost every day we hear about a new data breach of one kind or another. It happens to retailers, web service companies, banks...
21 Jul 2015
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...
20 Aug 2012
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...
17 Mar 2009
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...
26 Feb 2009
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...
11 Feb 2008
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...
30 Nov 2007
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...
15 Nov 2007
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...
6 Nov 2007
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...
2 Nov 2007
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...
11 Oct 2007
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...
7 Oct 2007
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...
14 Aug 2007
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...
8 Aug 2007
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...
31 Jul 2007
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