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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    Video Gaming Graphics Supercharge Medical Imaging

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    Combine the graphics processing power of a contemporary video game with a CT scan, MRI or other medical image; wrap it up in a commodity-priced viewer, and what have you got?  You’ve got FiatLux Imaging . I first met up with FiatLux Imaging co-founder...
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    News from the World of Health IT

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    I'm writing this entry from the World of Health IT (WOHIT) conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.  The conference got underway early Tuesday morning.  Yesterday, I was privileged to deliver the opening keynote at a Physician Symposium pre-conference...
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    At Microsoft Health, We Make House Calls

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    OK.  We don’t exactly come to your home in the physical sense, but we do make house calls.  I’m pleased to introduce an updated and redesigned site for an on-going series of articles, audio-casts and videos that we call House Calls for Healthcare...
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    Patient Heal Thyself

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    I’ve written and lectured extensively on worldwide health trends, one of which is “increasing personal responsibility”. In both private and public health systems there is growing recognition that we must do a better job engaging our patients in the the...
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    Health 2.0 What are we really building?

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    Today, I am reporting from the Health 2.0 Conference in San Francisco. More than 950 business, clinical, and technology luminaries have gathered together for the second annual conference organized by Indu Subaiya, MD, and Matthew Holt of THCB fame. I...
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    Are Healthy Employees More Productive?

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    Are healthy workers more productive?  That is one of the questions being explored today at the international meeting of the Institute of Health and Productivity Management (IHPM) in Scottsdale, Arizona.  I'm here to deliver the opening keynote...
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    Computer Software Matches Donors, Saves Lives

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    Last week I had the pleasure of visiting my alma mater, The Medical College of Ohio.  It doesn't go by that name anymore. Today, due to a recent merger with the University of Toledo , it is known as the UT College of Medicine . I was invited to the...
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    The Economic Crisis and Healthcare Reform

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    A video commentary from Bill Crounse, M.D., Microsoft's Senior Director for Worldwide Health.  Technorati Tags: Wall Street , Healthcare Reform , Bailout , Financial Crisis , physicians , e-mail , tele-medicine , patient care , care quality , access...
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    Test Drive: A more standardized, contemporary and intuitive user experience for clinical systems

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    My team in the UK has just released the latest update to our Common User Interface initiative. If you’ve never taken the CUI for a test drive, you are in for a treat. Just visit the Patient Journey Demonstrator to experience for yourself what happens...
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    Crossing the chasm to digital health with unified communications

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    More than two decades ago I recall visiting a prominent upscale department store that was located in the town where I did my medical training.  I was there to buy a gift for my wife’s birthday.  It was the most elegant store in the city with...
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    Can Workflow Reengineering Improve Patient Care?

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    The past two days I've been hanging just outside of San Diego at the beautiful Rancho Bernardo Inn and Spa . I was invited by Panasonic executives to deliver a keynote address this morning at a retreat for some of the company's healthcare customers and...
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    "Think Green" with IT infrastructure optimization

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    As someone who has straddled the roles of physician, hospital vice president, CIO and CMIO, I know all too well the scenarios that play out every year at budget time in the hospital board room. Radiologists want the latest scanners. Surgeons are demanding...
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    It's Time to Go Digital in America's Ambulatory Surgery Centers

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    Tomorrow I fly to San Francisco to provide a keynote presentation at the annual meeting of the California Ambulatory Surgery Association, also known as CASA .  I'm looking forward to the trip not only to meet the membership of CASA, but also to have...
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    Microsoft HUG--Wish you were here Day 2

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    If you want to go straight to the really sexy stuff , scroll toward the bottom of this entry and see the photos and video of Microsoft Surface in Health.  If you want a more complete view of the day's proceedings, read on. Yesterday ended with a...
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    Microsoft HUG--Wish you were here

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    Today was the launch of the annual Microsoft Healthcare Users Group conference in Redmond. If you are not among the several hundred attendees, we wish you were here. The Redmond Microsoft HUG meeting is US-focused by design. We kicked off the event...
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    Microsoft Research: How we watch the computer, how it watches us

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    At least once each year I trek on over to visit my colleagues at Microsoft Research .  It's actually not much of a trek.  The group's headquarters are really just a few blocks from my own office on the Microsoft campus.   I was especially...
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    The View from Mexico: Unlimited Potential for Accessible Computing

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    The view from my window on the 24th floor of the W Hotel looked like that of many cities I have visited around the globe these past few years. It was hard to imagine this is home to more than 19.2 million people in the greater metropolis known as Mexico...
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    Accessible Computing: The worldwide imperative and a challenge to do more

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    Next week I travel to Mexico City, Mexico, where I will deliver a keynote address at a conference called Oritel .  Oritel is just one of a series of conferences and events sponsored throughout the year by an organization known as Teleton . ...
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    Get Your Golden Ticket Here: The Microsoft Health Users Group Conference

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    Would you like to get the latest scoop on HealthVault and Microsoft Amalga ? How about a sneak peek at future health solutions using Microsoft Surface ? Would you like to see how some of the world's leading healthcare organizations are improving workflow...
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    A possible sea change on how to share health data

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    I'm writing today from Boston, Massachusetts, where I just delivered the opening keynote at the World Congress Leadership Summit. The conference is being held at the new and very lovely Renaissance Waterfront Hotel . If you've noticed a nautical theme...
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