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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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    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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    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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