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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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    A more promising future for Health ICT, clinical computing, and electronic health records?

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    On January 27th, I posted a piece on HealthBlog titled A “right-sized” EMR? Tablet PC + Microsoft Office OneNote .  I explained how many doctors who can’t afford or don’t like the well known, branded EMR solutions currently on the market, have turned...
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    Deconstructing Medical Practice

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    On Super Bowl Sunday, I received an e-mail from one of my physician colleagues, Dr. Thomas Gumprecht .  I’ve provided information on HealthBlog before about Dr. Gumprecht and his ENT practice in Redmond, Washington.  Tom and I share a passion...
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    5 Healthcare IT Decisions to Avoid….. and 1 to Embrace

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    In Today’s Healthcare IT News , Jeffery Daigrepont, senior vice president for healthcare IT consulting company the Coker Group , offers some sage advice on “ Five Healthcare IT Decisions to Avoid ”.  They are: Buying defective software Buying non...
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    A “right-sized” EMR? Tablet PC + Microsoft Office OneNote

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    While the media will be focused today on Apple’s Tablet announcement,  I’d like to remind HealthBlog readers that there’s nothing new about Tablet devices.  I have been evangelizing the use of Tablet PCs in health for nearly a decade. ...
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    Health System Innovation and the Low Hanging Moss

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    Yesterday I provided the opening keynote address and participated on an expert panel for the BayCare Health System’s annual Innovation Day retreat.  The retreat was held just outside of Tampa, Florida, at the Safety Harbor Resort . BayCare is a community...
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    Ontario Flies High on Opportunities in eHealth

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    I just returned from an overnight trip to Toronto, Canada.  If you plan on making the trip yourself, let me warn you.  Flying back to the States is a major hassle these days.  I spent more than 2 hours waiting in four different lines of...
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    Microsoft Health Tech Today—New program segments for January

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    On January 13th we will launch the third program in our monthly, on-line video series “ Health Tech Today ”.  The show features two entirely new segments and two encore segments from earlier programs (yes, not only did HealthBlog take a break over...
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    Meaningful Use or Meaningless Bureaucracy?

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    After two weeks away from the office, I’m back in the saddle in Redmond.  As much as I tried to pull the plug over the Holidays it was pretty hard to avoid the Christmas Eve health (insurance)  reform antics gong on in Congress.  If that...
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    HealthBlog takes a Holiday

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    What a year this has been!  Market meltdown, mortgage defaults, bank failures, bankruptcies, joblessness, and outright fraud.  Surely 2010 will be a better year.  Who knows, for better or worse we might even get healthcare reform done. ...
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    It’s what you do next…..with your EMR

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    Yesterday, I had the honor of delivering a luncheon keynote address at the LifeScience Alley annual conference and exhibition in Minneapolis.  Despite the major snowstorm that swept the Midwest this week, more than 1200 people showed up for this...
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    Microsoft Health Tech Today—New Program December 10th

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    I want to draw your attention to the next episode of Microsoft Health Tech Today .  The second show in our monthly series will premier December 10th.  This time around, we catch up with my friend and colleague Dr. Jay Parkinson .  Jay and...
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    Assistive Technology in Healthcare Delivery and Chronic Condition Management

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    If I was commenting on Facebook or Twitter about today’s topic on HealthBlog, I would have to give this one a very strong “like”.  I’m referring to some new work from an organization in the United Kingdom known as the Digital Access Provision Forum...
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    Peace of mind home monitoring with MyHalo and Microsoft HealthVault

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    As I travel the world meeting with public health officials, healthcare executives and providers, a common theme is the concern about aging populations and the growing incidence of chronic disease.  This, coupled with the skyrocketing cost of care...
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    Health Tech Today—See It Now!

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    Click Here to Watch “Health Tech Today” The first program in our monthly video series at the intersection of health and information technology, Health Tech Today , is now live on the web.  A show like this takes a village to produce.  Special...
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    Leading experts, special guests to be featured on Microsoft “Health Tech Today”

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    Health Tech Today is a monthly, online video series providing cutting-edge stories at the intersection of health and information technology.  The show features informative interviews with some of the world's top health leaders; compelling health...
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    First Look: Microsoft “Health Tech Today”

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    Health Tech Today —a new monthly, on-line video series at the intersection of health and information technology.  The show premiers November 10th, but you can see a video trailer of our first show right now (click on the link or program logo above...
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    Why clinicians fear electronic medical records and what we can learn from Toyota and Disney

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    Have you ever wondered why so many physicians resist going “electronic”?  Trust me, it is not because they fear technology.  It is not because doctors  and nurses are Luddites when it comes to using computers.  It is because they fear...
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    A billion dollars worth of care……

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    This morning I had the pleasure of meeting with US state and local government officials at our executive briefing center in Redmond.  Although the briefing wasn’t confined to discussing information technology and healthcare alone, it should be no...
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    Windows 7 brings some cool touches to clinical computing

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    With the launch of Windows 7 coming next week, I thought I would share an article that explores how Windows 7’s support for ‘touch’ will allow healthcare professionals to communicate better with patients and why I believe the operating system will help...
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    Needed: One Hell of a Training Program

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    Perhaps a problem with writing a blog is that your message may be reaching entirely the wrong audience. One of my blogging colleagues, Barbara Duck of the Medical Quack , sent me an e-mail yesterday that illustrates my point. Barbara said; “With Health...
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