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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    Health. Connected. at HIMSS 2009 in Chicago

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    Microsoft health teams around the world have begun a mass migration to Chicago.  Tomorrow, I will be boarding a plane to join up with them for what is always one of the most important and largest health IT industry conferences and exhibitions of...
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    Fostering innovation in education and healthcare—GLF Day 2

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    It’s not all that often that we are able to bring Craig Mundie, our Chief Research and Strategy Officer, and Bill Gates, Microsoft Chairman and Founder, together at the same event. When it happens, it is a delight not only for our customers, but for Microsoft...
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    Bill Clinton Addresses Microsoft Government Leaders Forum

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    Today, I am attending the Microsoft Government Leaders Forum at the Lansdowne Resort near Washington, D.C.  The Forum, now in its 12th year, is an opportunity for elected officials, government executives, and other distinguished people to come together...
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    Doc in the box now out of the box

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    Our current model for healthcare delivery does a reasonable job meeting the needs of people in developed nations around the world. However, even in those nations that provide good care for citizens there are growing concerns about aging populations, the...
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    Catch the Wave—Using the Net for patient care

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    An editorial in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal by Drs. Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, “Obama’s $80 Billion Exaggeration” rightfully questions the savings to be realized from electronic medical...
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    Improving Health Around the World through Software Innovation

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    During my recent business trip to Australia, I was invited to sit down for an interview with Sky News Television , Australia’s national cable news network.  I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak to Sky News.  Last year, I did my first...
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    The “Green Patient Lab” provides a glimpse of future healing environments

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    Today I’m in Phoenix, Arizona, to keynote at what is for me a different kind of industry conference.  Each year, I provide dozens of keynotes at industry conferences for healthcare providers and information technologists all over 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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