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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: The Next Chapter--Microsoft and digital technologies in health and healthcare delivery

    \ When I joined Microsoft in September of 2002 I never dreamed I'd be writing this blog post in January of 2016. Of course in 2002 HealthBlog didn't exist. HealthBlog wasn't born until October of 2005. Since then, I've posted more than 800 articles about digital tech in health and healthcare. I...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: After the EMR. The technologies that will truly transform healthcare and clinical workflow.

    Last week, Healthcare IT News editor Mike Miliard wrote a piece that might have escaped your attention. He offered up 18 health technologies poised for big growth based on data from HIMSS Analytics. While none of the technologies listed are quite as sexy as robotics, machine learning, and artificial...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
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