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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...
29 Jan 2008
Unified Communications as a platform for healthcare sign and language interpreter services
I'm back in the saddle after taking a few weeks of much needed vacation and family time over the Holidays. Forgive me for lapsing on my weekly HealthBlog postings, and for my failure to wish my loyal readers Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year. Right before my Holiday break, I attended the World Healthcare...
2 Jan 2008
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...
9 Dec 2007
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...
4 Dec 2007
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
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
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...
13 Jul 2007
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...
11 Jul 2007
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...
9 Jul 2007
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...
28 Jun 2007
A Pediatric Hospital Bedside Entertainment & Education System: Microsoft Media Center + Xbox 360 + WOW!
Arkansas Children’s Hospital Every so often I come across organizations and people that truly blow me away. Pediatric hospitals have always been known for innovative ideas in the care of their young patients. So, it comes as no surprise that a pediatric hospital would rise to the occasion to better...
26 Jun 2007
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...
20 Jun 2007
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...
31 May 2007
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...
17 May 2007
Telemedicine, e-mail and messaging "oh my"!
I wanted to draw your attention to a just released interview I did with Digital Healthcare and Productivity . In it, I talk about one of the most worrisome trends I see in US healthcare; how far we are falling behind the rest of the world in the use of information technology in the industry, including...
15 May 2007
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...
9 May 2007
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...
2 May 2007
Register Now for the Microsoft Healthcare and Life Sciences Developers Conference
I wanted HealthBlog readers to be aware of an important event coming up on the 21st and 22nd of May in Atlantic City. It's the Microsoft Healthcare and Life Sciences Developers Conference. This two-day, FREE event will offer developers and architects the opportunity to gain insight into Microsoft...
11 Apr 2007
New Audiocast: Collaborative solutions for better patient care and a healthier bottom line
Back in January, I wrote a piece entitled Big Healthcare Savings from Surprisingly Simple Solutions . I profiled some excellent work at Childrens Memorial Hospital of Chicago where they are using solutions built with Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Office, and InfoPath to absolutely delight clinical...
29 Mar 2007
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