HealthBlog

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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    The British are Coming…………to HealthVault

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    Or perhaps I should say, HealthVault has come to the British.  I am extremely pleased to announce that as of today, HealthVault is now available in the UK.  It was just a couple of weeks ago that I announced the availability of HealthVault ...
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    Surfacing advanced solutions in health and healthcare—a challenge to developers of clinical systems

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    Last September I posted a piece titled “ What’s ahead for clinical computing ”.  In October I shared some of my thoughts on how Windows 7 and future operating systems would change the ways clinicians work with computers.  More recently, I discussed...
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    Microsoft Office 2010—compelling value in healthcare

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    Message from Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer:  Starting today, Microsoft Office 2010 is available in 240 countries, 10 languages, and over 35,000 retail stores worldwide. In the course of the next year it will be available in 94 languages and will ship...
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    Xbox Kinect—beyond playing games

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    Tomorrow I have a brief meeting with some executives from AARP . The purpose of the meeting is to review some of the cool things Microsoft is doing in health around the world.  In preparing for the meeting I spent a bit of time on the AARP web site...
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    Group Health Talks eHealth on Microsoft Health Tech Today

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    Our June program of Microsoft Health Tech Today is now live on the web.  This month’s program includes four segments.  Featured topics include an amazing service, Would Technology Network , that helps community nurse specialists cure patients...
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    Oh Canada! TELUS Launches Health Space Powered by Microsoft HealthVault

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    Compared to citizens in the US, Canadians have always had something to crow about.  Every citizen in Canada has healthcare.  Sure, the system isn’t perfect but it does provide a safety net for all Canadian citizens.  Never mind that no...
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    Making it Meaningful with Bing Health Maps

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    There’s nothing new about health statistics. City, county, state and federal agencies have been reporting them for years. We’ve all seen stats on death rates for this disease or that. We know that the US has an appalling infant mortality rate...
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    Microsoft Health Tech Today—June Program Preview

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    I’m delighted to provide a sneak preview of our season closer for Microsoft Health Tech Today .  Our June program, which launches June 9th, has a terrific line-up of special guests and cool technologies at the intersection of health and information...
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    eHealth—Moving from pilots to production

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    This morning I wrapped up my duties at WCIT2010 by participating on the eHealth track’s closing summary panel.  I was joined on the panel by KPMG health leader, Dr. Jan C. deBoer RE; patient advocate Dave (ePatient Dave) Debronkart; Menzis CEO, Roger...
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    eHealth front and center at the World Congress on Information Technology

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    This week I’m writing from the World Congress on Information Technology in Amsterdam.  Yesterday I delivered a keynote address for the eHealth track of this multidisciplinary conference that has drawn more than 2000 delegates from across Europe and...
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    Wizards of Health Technology

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    In Hospitals and Health Networks Weekly , Healthcare futurist Joe Flower offers a provocative essay on innovation in the health industry in his article Something Wizard this Way Comes .  He explains how new business models and technologies are leading...
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    Health IT Future is in the Cloud—Part 2

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    In last week’s post I shared information on why I believe the future of Health IT is in the cloud.  Today, I want to elaborate a bit more on that theme and give some examples of the opportunities for your healthcare organization to benefit from the...
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    Microsoft Health Tech Today—May program is now live

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    I invite you to watch the latest program of our exciting on-line video series, Health Tech Today .  The May edition will take you around the world to see some of the most innovative and interesting solutions at the intersection of health and information...
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    Health IT Future is in the Cloud

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    If you are the CIO or CMIO of a healthcare enterprise, I feel your pain.  You see, I’ve walked in your shoes.  Prior to coming to Microsoft I served as the VP CIO and CMIO of a community hospital.  I did that for about seven years before...
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    Microsoft Health Tech Today—May Program

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    The May edition of Microsoft Health Tech Today will premier on May 12.  I hope you have had an opportunity to view our monthly, on-line show that launched last November.  Health Tech Today features industry thought-leaders, new solutions, and...
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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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