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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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    Chronic Condition Management and Healthcare Reform

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    During my trip to Australia last week, I was interviewed by Sky Business News .  It just so happened that my visit coincided with some major announcements coming from the Australian government on health reform.  The topic was in news headlines...
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    Health Reform and the $75,000 Cancer Vaccine

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    I arrived back in Seattle from my business trip to Australia just in time to catch the headlines in Sunday’s Seattle Times, “ Seattle biotech firm on verge of groundbreaking cancer vaccine ”.  The article told the story of a local firm, Dendreon...
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    On the road toward better health in Australia

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    I’m writing this on the airplane as I wing my way back to the US from Australia.  I had hoped to file a report during the week, but our health industry team kept me so busy that I literally had no time.  Now, I’ve got 13 hours with nothing to...
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    Up to bat on healthcare reform in Australia

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    I arrived at Sydney airport early this morning and transferred straight to my hotel, the Sir Stamford at Circular Quay .  The hotel, where I’ve also stayed on previous visits, offers an ideal location that is just a short walk from the Sydney Opera...
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    Get Connected: Microsoft Connected Health Conference--May 19 & 20

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    Have you ever thought about visiting the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington?  If so, there are two opportunities coming up in the months ahead that may be of interest to healthcare executives, clinicians, health solutions software developers...
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    Stimulated by the stimulus or just plain confused? Some helpful advice on EMR solutions.

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    According to an editorial written by HealthAffairs editor-in-chief, Susan Dentzer, about one dollar in every five of the entire American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) is going to the health sector in some fashion.  For example, the...
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    Microsoft Health Tech Today—April Program—Watch it Now!

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    The April edition of Microsoft Health Tech Today is now live.  You can watch the entire show or click on any of the photos below to watch only that segment.  On the show’s home page player, be sure to look for links to additional information...
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    New Efficiencies for Physician Practice

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    I wanted to help spread the word about a special webinar I will be hosting on April 8th, Noon to 1PM Eastern.  The webinar, provided through the auspices of the Medical Group Management Association , is free to both members and non-members alike...
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    The Unintended? Consequences of Healthcare Reform

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    While the Republicans and Democrats duke it out over the next several months one thing is clear, healthcare in America (and I should add around the world) is changing.  So what are the consequences of health reform?  And are these intended or...
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    Health insurance isn’t insurance, it’s an annuity. Can you afford it?

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    So the waters have parted and America will now provide “affordable” health insurance for all.  On an earlier blog post , I explained why health insurance is different from any other kind of insurance because everyone who is insured collects on it;...
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    Microsoft Health Tech Today—April Preview

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    I’m very excited to tell you about the April edition of Microsoft Health Tech Today .  Health Tech Today is our monthly, on-line video magazine at the intersection of health and information technology.  Our April show will premiere on March...
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    Crushing Complexity from Healthcare

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    Early in my career at Microsoft, I traveled around the United States giving keynotes at healthcare executive events organized by our company.  For some of those events I was joined on the podium by health industry author, lecturer, executive, physician...
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    Microsoft Healthcare Executive Event

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    I usually don’t use this space to promote local/regional events.  After all, HealthBlog has a worldwide audience of readers.  However, I’m making an exception because the event I want to promote takes place on home turf and it was after all...
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    Microsoft Research TechFest 2010—through the lens of a clinician

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    One of my favorite events of the year is Microsoft TechFest .  The two-day event hosted by my colleagues at Microsoft Research opened today.  As usual, I was blown away by what I saw.  I can’t go into great detail, or show you any pictures...
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    HIMSS Day 2—cool technologies from Panasonic, Philips and Microsoft

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    OK.  The cat is out of the bag.  I can finally tell you about one of the meetings I had while I was in Japan last week.  The meeting was with Panasonic, and I was among a handful of people to get a sneak peek at Panasonic’s new convertible...
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    Microsoft makes some important announcements at HIMSS Day 1

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    While I was winging my way back from Japan two things were particularly on my mind.  First was the culmination of a very successful week of meetings with health industry executives and government leaders and advisors in Japan.  This included...
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    Healthcare ICT in Japan—A view from the top

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    There are some 8500 hospitals in Japan; a number that is surprising when you consider that the population of this country is approximately 120 million people.  That adds up to a lot of hospital beds per capita!  Ten percent of the population...
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    Life and Health in Japan

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    From the 34th floor window of my hotel room on the Southern Terrace near Shinjuku train station I have an expansive view of the city. Below me, thousands of Japanese men and women emerge like ants from the subway and rail lines on their way to work. After...
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    New Show! Microsoft Health Tech Today

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    I’m pleased to be able to share information about the newest episode of Microsoft Health Tech Today , the on-line video series at the intersection of health and information technology.  Our March program will premier on February 25th.   My guests...
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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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