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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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    Google and Health: Why More is Better

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    Two items of interest today; both good news for stimulating the transformation of healthcare into the digital age and giving consumers more control over their health information. The first announcement comes from Google and a pilot they will run with...
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    HIMSS 08 and Microsoft: Improving Health Around the World

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    Next Monday, February 25th, is the opening of HIMSS 08 in Orlando, Florida. If you plan to attend, I hope you will join us in booth 2247 to see firsthand how Microsoft technologies and solutions, and those of our partners, are being used to improve health...
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    Setting Sail for Better Health in Australia

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    Unlike America, the economy in Australia is booming. Anyone who wants to work is employed. The big worry here is inflation. Like America and other developed nations, Australia faces an aging population, the burden of chronic disease and a growing shortage...
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    Hopping along toward better health in Western Australia

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    Regular HealthBlog readers know that I often find symbolism in things that I see as I travel the world. In Japan it was a wooden bridge in a serene garden. In Switzerland it was the Swiss Army Knife. In Banff Canada it was a ladder reaching toward a star...
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    Mobility, data input, and telephonic solutions for busy clinicians

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    I've written before on HealthBlog about the importance of providing data input options in IT solutions for clinicians. Expecting busy practitioners to document everything using only a keyboard isn't practical. I've also stressed the importance of mobility...
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    Warning! For American clinicians only

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    OK, I hope the headline caught your attention. If you are a clinician, keep reading. If you are not a doctor, nurse or other healthcare provider it's OK to read this too. In fact, you probably should. A regular theme on HealthBlog has been the growing...
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    Global Care Solutions: A new era for enterprise hospital information systems

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    In a HealthBlog post last October , I told you about Microsoft's acquisition of software, intellectual property, and other assets from Global Care Solutions (GCS), a privately held company based in Bangkok, Thailand. The GCS Hospital 2000 information...
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    Major Healthcare ISV Catches the Wave with Windows Media Center and Xbox 360 Solution

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    Previously on HealthBlog I told you about some terrific work being done at Arkansas Children's Hospital to improve the patient experience for hospitalized children. The hospital's own IT staff had developed a bedside information, communication, and entertainment...
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    UK National Health Service: locked and loaded for the next 60 years

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    This week I'm traveling in the UK. My first stop was in Glasgow, Scotland, to address IT executives from NHS Scotland who were holding a meeting at Golden Jubilee Hospital . The hospital, originally built by Arab business interests as a private hospital...
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    Hope for a new generation of physicians and patients

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    Did you ever wonder why you can do almost everything on-line these days except "see" your doctor? Wouldn't it be great if healthcare professionals, hospitals, and clinics were as net-savvy as other service industries? Well friends, there is hope. I...
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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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