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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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    Personal genetic testing heralds era of more predictive, preventive care

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    We all know that we shouldn’t smoke.  It increases our risk for heart disease and cancer.  But some people, due to genetic factors, seem to be more susceptible than others.  If we knew that we were “hard-wired” to be especially at risk...
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    The no waiting, ER “waiting room”

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    A February 28th article in the Wall Street Journal discusses the plight of emergency room patients at the University of Chicago Medical Center .  According to the article, medical center administration had plans to decrease the number of hospital...
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    Your Healthcare Organization’s New Front Door

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    Portal   (pôr'tl, pōr'-)  n.   A doorway, entrance, or gate, especially one that is large and imposing. An entrance or a means of entrance: the local library, a portal of knowledge. A website considered as an entry point to other websites...
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    Clinicians in Australia—May the Force Be with You

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    Remember that often used quote from Star Wars, “May the force be with you”?  It think it is a fitting slogan as I end my two week business trip to Australia. This trip started a week ago last Tuesday when I arrived in Perth for  presentations...
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    Better Healthcare; No More Excuses

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    The front desk clerk at the Hyatt Regency in Adelaide, Southern Australia, informed me that I would have a view of the river from my room.  She also cautioned that the water level was a little low; not from drought but because of an electrical failure...
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    Even amid economic crisis, it is time to move forward in digital health

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    I revisited the bronze kangaroos that I photographed during my business trip last February. They still prance in front of the county court house here in Perth, Western Australia.  But much has changed since last year.  All of Australia is focused...
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    Hospital System Leads the Way with Unified Communications in Clinical Practice

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    For far too long, healthcare workers have had to rely on paper, phone and fax to communicate and collaborate in the care of their patients. Yes, there are times when these tools are perfectly adequate.  But must we continue to rely on these relatively...
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    The View on Mobile Solutions in Health

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    There’s something a bit ironic about what I see from my 17th Floor window at the W Hotel in Times Square today.  The ad for Good Housekeeping says “Looking Good”, but there’s nothing good about what is happening to the view of the Square.  As...
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    Innovators Wanted! The 2009 Microsoft HUG Awards

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    Are you an innovator? Healthcare organizations are uniquely positioned to improve the quality and delivery of healthcare through evidence-based medical innovations and smart technology solutions. The Microsoft Health Users Group 2009 Innovation Awards...
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    Wielding technology’s wonders to improve health in America

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    " We will restore science to its rightful place and wield technology's wonders to raise healthcare's quality and lower its costs …"—President Barack Obama, January 20, 2009. As you might imagine, business associates and colleagues frequently ask me...
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    Musings from Meadowood on Winemaking and Healthcare

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    Last week, I spent two days at the beautiful Meadowood Resort in St. Helena, California.  The Meadowood is located in the heart of Napa Valley wine country. In addition to being a destination resort, it also serves as private club for the area’s...
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    Electronic Medical Records--just part of needed transformation

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    "To improve the quality of our health care while lowering its costs, we will make the immediate investments necessary to ensure that within five years, all of America's medical records are computerized……This will cut waste, eliminate red tape and...
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    Remedies for the Meltdown: What savvy healthcare organizations need to do now

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    In the January 6th edition of Hospitals and Health Networks Weekly on-line journal, my colleague Ian Morrison offers an insightful editorial on the impact of the world financial meltdown on health and healthcare.  He rightfully points out that the...
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    On-line Health Services Begin to Mature

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    OK.  I’m supposed to be on vacation, but a few items caught my attention this week that I just had to share with HealthBlog readers. Your Future Chief of Staff from Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine provides an excellent review of the growing...
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    Season’s Greetings from HealthBlog

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    Regular HealthBlog readers know how much of my time I spend traveling the nation and the world.  The upside is that I get to see a lot of things and share them with you.  The downside is that I’m frequently away from home. With the Holidays...
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    Healthcare Reform in China

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    Last week I reported on my informative trip to visit customers and partners in Japan.  After returning home to Seattle, I thoroughly enjoyed having a few days off to spend with my family over the long Thanksgiving weekend.  This week, my attention...
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    Laying tracks for better health in Japan

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    This week I’m reporting from Tokyo and Yokohama.  It is the second time in as many years that I’ve been invited to speak at an industry event here in Japan.  Yesterday afternoon, it was my honor to provide a keynote for the 28th Joint Conference...
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    Windows Mobile – Facilitating Care at Home

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    Home care is one of the fastest growing segments in the health industry. It is estimated that each year, about 2.5 percent of the American population receives some kind of home care service from a doctor, nurse, therapist, or home care aide. All of this...
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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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