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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    Affordable Healthcare Insurance—Say What?

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    Politicians like to couple the adjectives “accessible” and “affordable” with the word “healthcare” when describing the goals of healthcare reform.  They say that with reform, all Americans will have health “insurance” and that it will be “affordable...
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    A New Milestone for Healthcare On-Line

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    How many times have you wanted advice from a doctor, but didn’t have time to drive somewhere to see one? How often has a medical question gone unanswered because finding a doctor to ask was just too much of a hassle? How frequently have you delayed medical...
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    Thinking Beyond the EMR. Why location, tracking and sensing technologies may provide a higher, faster rate of return.

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    I’m in Los Angeles (Santa Monica) to speak at an event sponsored by Town Hall Los Angeles . The topic is healthcare reform. I’m sure there will be a lively debate with state and federal officials, representatives from the insurance industry, and provider...
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    Windows 7—A Healthy Choice

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    Let me be perfectly honest.  At some level, an operating system is just an operating system.  Whether you hang out in the C-suite, in the IT department, on the ward, or in the operating room; you just want your computer to work.  Having...
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    Windows Mobile Medicine

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    Liked. WTN on Window Mobile platform improves care quality, significantly lowers cost .  That might have been my tweet on Twitter .  But here on HealthBlog I have the luxury of sharing much more about this innovative approach for managing patients...
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    Monitoring the Pulse of a Pandemic

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    The World Health Organization has raised their alert level to Phase 5, meaning that a pandemic outbreak of swine flu is imminent and just one step away from Phase 6 which would indicate that a worldwide pandemic is underway.   Also, the CDC...
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    Healthcare Reform--What would Reagan do?

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    Today, I will give a luncheon keynote at the annual Council on Employee Benefits gathering at the Four Season’s Hotel in Westlake Village in the suburbs of Los Angeles.  Last evening, I joined the group for what turned out to be a very memorable...
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    Coming Soon! Healthcare Reform. Will it have a happy ending?

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    I’m writing this today from the beautiful Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles; just a stone’s throw away from the tony enclave of Beverley Hills and Rodeo Drive.  From my room on the 18th floor of the hotel I look out at the MGM Tower and...
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    Providing Healthcare in America—Where, How and by Whom?

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    For HealthBlog readers who were unable to attend HIMSS in Chicago, I thought I’d provide a recap of the presentation I gave in the Microsoft Theater. The title of my presentation was aligned to our mission statement, “improving health around the world...
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    Touch the Future Today—Microsoft at HIMSS 2009

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    I’m back in Seattle from the windy (and somewhat sleety) city.  Now that I’ve had a reasonable night’s sleep, I’ll share some perspectives on the HIMSS 2009 conference in Chicago. There were two football-sized exhibit halls of stuff to see. ...
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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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