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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    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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    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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