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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: Make sure your health organization has enough power when you “Flip the Switch”!

    My favorite health futurist and commentator, Ian Morrison, offers another provocative essay in this week’s online edition of Hospitals and Health Networks .  In “ Flip the Switch ” he explores two prominent themes in the healthcare industry, both being advanced by US health reform legislation. ...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: New Audio-cast: Windows Vista, Office 2007 and SharePoint Server- Bringing it all together in healthcare

    Whether you are a technical, business, clinical leader or anybody else in your healthcare organization you are confronted with challenges unique to healthcare. Now, new technologies such as Microsoft Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system, and complementary solutions such as Microsoft Office...
  • Blog Post: Big Healthcare Savings from Surprisingly Simple Solutions

    Even if you work in a so-called “most wired” American healthcare facility, I guarantee if you look around you’ll still find lots of paper forms and processes. Paper is endemic in American hospitals and clinics, even in those with fairly robust enterprise information systems and electronic medical records...
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