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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
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
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
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
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
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
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...
5 Apr 2007
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...
21 Feb 2007
Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services: Right solution, right time, right price for healthcare
If you are charged with managing e-mail, messaging, and other forms of electronic communication and collaboration in a healthcare organization large or small, you will be very interested in learning more about Exchange Hosted Services from Microsoft. For starters, check out the new audio-cast on this...
12 Dec 2006
New Audiocast: Asklepios--Hospital of the Future
As I've traveled the world, I've come to appreciate the fact that some of the most innovative work in healthcare information technology is happening outside of the Unitied States. One such example is the Asklepios Hospital near Hamburg, Germany. In this month's edition of my audiocast series, "House...
22 Oct 2006
Medicine on the Net: If not now, when?
Next week I'm off to Toronto, Canada, to make a keynote address at the 11th World Congress on Internet in Medicine . The Congress is being coordinated by the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation in Toronto and brings together several prestigious groups including the Society for the Internet in Medicine...
12 Oct 2006
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