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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 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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    Aloha to Health ICT Past and Future

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    This week I’ve been attending the 2009 Leadership Conference at the Grand Wailea on Maui.  On Tuesday morning I delivered a keynote address at this gathering of more than 300 health plan executives from the Western US.  The theme of this year...
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    A few words on health benefits & retirement

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    No, I’m not writing this from some exotic location in France, although it might have been easier to fly to France than to get here yesterday.  This morning I presented a keynote at the 2009 Corporate Benefits Summit at the Château Élan Winery &...
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    What’s missing in Health ICT? It’s the “C”!

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    Last Friday, I had an opportunity to spend part of the afternoon with Dr. Don Detmer (right) during his visit to Microsoft Research . If the name isn’t familiar, Dr. Detmer is a surgeon and the immediate past president of AMIA, the American Medical Informatics...
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    Learn more about “Clinical Groupware”

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    On my HealthBlog post of June 24th I posed the question, “Is it time for Clinical Groupware?”  Well, apparently the answer is YES!  Since June, a number of my colleagues have come together to form what is now known as the Clinical Groupware...
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    Please take care in selecting an EMR for your practice

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    As reported by HDM on-line, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has published additional information on a $598 million grant program to fund the creation of about 70 Health Information Technology Regional Extension...
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    What’s Ahead for Clinical Computing?

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    When you think about the future of clinical computing, what images come to mind? In five or ten years, will we still be using desktop PCs, computers on wheels, laptops and Tablet PCs? Will the keyboard and mouse be as prevalent as they are today? What...
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    5 Myths About Health Care Around the World………. Plus 1 More

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    T.R. Reid’s August 23rd op-ed piece in the Washington Post, “ 5 Myths About Health Care Around the World ” explores many of the common myths Americans believe about health and healthcare systems in other countries.  Opponents of health reform in...
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    Time for an IT Revolution in Healthcare!

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    Please take a moment to read this excellent Blog post sent to my attention by Jake Poore .  How many of us or our family members have had similar, but hopefully less dire healthcare encounters?  How many others must needlessly die or be injured...
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    PowerPoint 2010—a “must have” for clinicians and medical educators

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    One of the true joys of my job at Microsoft is having access to all of our new software and solutions well before their release to the general public.  I’ve been using Windows 7 since the early beta versions.  I now have the final RTM version...
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    Exceeding Expectations: Microsoft Health Users Group Conference Event

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    As you might imagine, I get a lot of e-mail from clinicians, healthcare business leaders, developers, vendors and partners from around the world.  Frequently, I’m asked, “Where can I learn more about Microsoft solutions in the health industry?” or...
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    Barriers to telehealth services are being removed; even by Medicare

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    A new survey that is part of a whitepaper by PWC suggests that most Americans are receptive to receiving on-line medical care.  Perhaps fearing that access to providers will only get worse due to increasing demand from national healthcare reform...
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    A Contemporary and Intuitive EMR Solution Built on Microsoft Office

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    Are you among the seventy-five percent of physicians who haven’t yet implemented an electronic medical record solution for your practice? How much longer are you going to wait? Are you tempted by financial incentives offered through the ARRA stimulus...
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    Code Red? No. Just what the doctor ordered.

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    In the July/August edition of Washington Monthly author Phillip Longman, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation , delivers what I think is a misguided punch to the commercial software industry.  His article, “ Code Red—how software companies...
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    Governments begin to take note of a new model for health information data sharing and exchange

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    On July 22nd of last year I made a post on HealthBlog titled “ A possible sea change in the way we share health data ”.  I wrote  this entry while attending last year’s World Congress Leadership Summit in Boston.  Here’s part of what I...
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    Going Green in Healthcare IT and improving organizational efficiency along the way

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    Strategies to improve “operational efficiency” in healthcare organizations are a recurring theme here on HealthBlog.  That’s why I wanted to share a new article on Green IT written by my colleague Chris Sullivan who manages our US health provider...
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    Health Reform—neither brain surgery nor rocket science

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    An op-ed piece, No Country for Old Men , filed today on The Health Care Blog by health industry consultant and futurist, Jeff  Goldsmith, provides a brilliant review and excellent analysis of our past sins and possible future under health reform...
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    Is it time for “Clinical Groupware”?

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    On Monday and Tuesday of this week I attended the 6th Annual Healthcare Unbound Conference in Seattle.  I was invited to speak on a couple of different panels during the 2-day event.  The effect of our soft economy on conferences was evident...
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