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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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    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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    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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