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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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    Healthcare IT Today and Tomorrow

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    Just before the Holiday break I had the pleasure of participating in a radio program produced by ReachMD and hosted by Dr. Larry Kaskel. As you may know, ReachMD broadcasts on XM 157 Satellite Radio. The service boasts an entire schedule of smart programming...
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    Unified Communications as a platform for healthcare sign and language interpreter services

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    I'm back in the saddle after taking a few weeks of much needed vacation and family time over the Holidays. Forgive me for lapsing on my weekly HealthBlog postings, and for my failure to wish my loyal readers Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year. Right...
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    Microsoft HealthVault: Learn more here

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    A couple of week's ago I had a chance to catch up with Peter Neupert and Sean Nolan from our Health Solutions Group here at Microsoft.  They sat down with me to record a special video program for my House Calls for Healthcare Professionals series...
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    Healthcare gets WIRED

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    No, this isn't another story about Unified Communications, cellular phones, or even healthcare's most wired hospitals. It's about a keynote address I attended this morning at the World Healthcare Innovation and IT Congress in Washington, D.C., at the...
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    More evidence the healthcare world is flat

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    I'm writing this on my flight back to Seattle from the Consumer Health World Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference is actually just getting underway. My stay was abbreviated due to the fact that I have a mid-week speaking engagement in California...
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    Going Green: Another ROI for the EMR

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    A year ago last February my life almost came to an end. My wife and I were driving down a country lane when out of the corner of my right eye, I saw a flash of green. At that exact moment my wife uttered "Oh my God". I saw her cover her head and then...
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    Data input: Still a final frontier in clinical computing but progress is being made

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    I've called "data input" the final frontier in clinical computing. In fact, data input has been a frequent topic on HealthBlog these past few years. If you want to see for yourself, just type in "data input" in the handy search box on the upper right...
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    Reaching for the Stars: Mobile Devices and Solutions for Healthcare

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    Today I am writing from Banff, Alberta, Canada. I'm here to keynote at the Wireless Connections 2007 conference at the beautiful Fairmont Banff Springs Resort . There is a dusting of fresh snow on the ground as I peer outside the window of my room looking...
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    Needed: A Few More Instigators for the Healthcare Internet Revolution

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    Yesterday in Las Vegas, I had the pleasure of delivering a keynote luncheon address at the 11th Annual Healthcare Internet Conference . I say pleasure because the audience consisted of the very folks needed to drive and innovate new web services and care...
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    The Healthcare Internet Revolution

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    I'm writing this from Philadelphia where this evening I'll be presenting at the 2007 International Freddie Awards . The awards ceremony honors the very best in health and medical media (television, film and video) from around the globe. It is always a...
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    A New Day in Healthcare IT

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    In my last Blog posting I hinted that a "new day was coming in Healthcare IT". As HealthBlog readers may have surmised, I had advance knowledge of an announcement that was made late last evening and is hitting the press today. That announcement is the...
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    Mailbag: HealthBlog readers confirm some important trends

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    I wanted to share a couple of insightful comments on previous HealthBlog posts that I received this week. One reader responds to my post about a public hospital in Spain, Torrevieja Salud , that I wrote about while attending a health leaders event in...
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    The commodity storm; unleashing an EMR tornado for small physician offices and clinics

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    My latest travels took me to Louisville, Kentucky, where I provided a keynote for a breakfast event organized by Health Enterprises Network . It was a gathering of more than 275 healthcare, business, and community leaders from around the central Kentucky...
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    Ground Zero for Unified Communications in Healthcare

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    My team in Australia has just published a case study that demonstrates the value and potential for Microsoft Unified Communications in Healthcare. HealthBlog readers know I'm passionate about this topic. There is nothing more important to the patient...
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    Bridging the Gaps in Healthcare IT

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    I'm sitting in Narita Airport waiting for my flight back to Seattle and reflecting on my experiences at the STS Forum in Kyoto and the meetings I had with customers in Tokyo. Besides the opportunity to hear from Japan's new prime minister, I was thrilled...
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    Science and Technology in Society Forum: How software could help save the planet

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    Today I attended the opening of the 4th Annual Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum in Kyoto, Japan. I'm here at the invitation of Mr. Koji Omi, Member of the House of Representatives and former Finance Minister for Japan. Mr. Omi is also notable...
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    More on HealthVault: An Interview with Peter Neupert

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    I'm traveling in Japan this week to attend and speak at the Science and Technology in Society forum in Kyoto, but I wanted to provide HealthBlog readers with a link to more information about Microsoft HealthVault . My Microsoft Developer Network colleague...
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    Microsoft HealthVault: A Place to Search, Store and Connect Health Information for You and Your Family

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    As a physician, I know how important it is to have access to my patient's health information. As a patient, I know how frustrating it is to have my health information scattered across multiple doctors, ambulatory clinics and hospitals. As a care manager...
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    The Dawn of a New Era for People Who Care about Health

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    "Paternalism in healthcare died a not so quiet death with the dawn of the Internet". That's an observation I made perhaps a dozen years ago as patients began to flood my office clutching printouts from their searches on the Net. The Internet fundamentally...
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    A Swiss Army Knife Approach to Healthcare IT

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    Last evening I returned to Seattle from a three-day trip to Switzerland. I was there to provide the opening keynote for the ehealthcare.ch conference in Nottwil and also to meet with Microsoft customers and partners attending the event. Perhaps the...
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