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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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    Hawaii’s Big Island steams ahead on Health Information Exchange

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    Last week I had the pleasure of doing the opening keynote for the East Hawaii Independent Physician Association annual meeting at the beautiful Mauna Lani Bay Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii.  I was joined by my colleagues Steve Malme and Dr....
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    Real Impact: Manifesto for an eHealthier Europe

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    Regular followers of this blog may recall that last year about this same time I reported on a big event we held in Brussels.  It was a gathering of customers, partners, developers, clinicians, and EU government officials who came together to discuss...
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    Register Now for the Microsoft Healthcare and Life Sciences Developers Conference

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    I wanted HealthBlog readers to be aware of an important event coming up on the 21st and 22nd of May in Atlantic City. It's the Microsoft Healthcare and Life Sciences Developers Conference. This two-day, FREE event will offer developers and architects...
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    The Case for Clinical Leadership in Healthcare IT

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    Hats off to Dr. Barry Chaiken for his thoughtful op-ed piece, " The Pied Piper of Clinical IT ", in this week's Healthcare's Most Wired On-line Magazine Dr. Chaiken rightfully points out the importance of clinical leadership and consideration of clinicians...
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    A Windows 8 app for telemedicine by the numbers

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    You know, and I know, there’s nothing especially new or exciting about telemedicine. From a technology standpoint, the capability to care for patients remotely via “telemedicine” has been around practically since the invention of television. What has...
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    Electronic Health Records – Still not good enough Part 2

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    As a physician and one of the more visible members of our health industry team at Microsoft, I frequently find myself as the first point of contact for people who want to work with our company.  In some cases this is other clinicians or developers...
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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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    Saving time, saving money, saving lives–a look at two health industry solutions half a world apart

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    Egypt and Utah - two places half a world apart that may not have much in common.  But two new case studies from Microsoft demonstrate how technology can be applied almost anywhere in the world to improve health and human services, while saving time...
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    Partners for better healthcare through innovative use of IT

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    As my plane touched down at LAX last Friday a sense of Déjà vu rushed over me. I must have made that trip from Seattle to Los Angeles nearly five hundred times over my lifetime. Most of those round trips occurred during the decade that I hosted Physician...
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    Sky News Australia: TV Interview on e-Health

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    During the Sydney stopover on my recent speaking tour and business meetings with customers around Australia, I was invited to sit down for an interview with Sky News , Australia's leading 24-hour national cable news network. We discussed the emergence...
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    Microsoft Health Tech Today—New Program December 10th

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    I want to draw your attention to the next episode of Microsoft Health Tech Today .  The second show in our monthly series will premier December 10th.  This time around, we catch up with my friend and colleague Dr. Jay Parkinson .  Jay and...
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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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    Enjoying Life on Sabbatical with Windows 8 Devices and Apps

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    For those of you who've been paying attention, I have been away from HealthBlog and my work at Microsoft for the past two months. Many thanks to my good friend and colleague, Gareth Hall, for adding some excellent content to this blog during my time away...
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    Microsoft Health Tech Today—May Program

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    The May edition of Microsoft Health Tech Today will premier on May 12.  I hope you have had an opportunity to view our monthly, on-line show that launched last November.  Health Tech Today features industry thought-leaders, new solutions, and...
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    Just what the doctor ordered—Surface Pro 3

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    Some of you may be wondering why I’ve said so little about the newest member of our Surface family of devices, the Surface Pro 3 . To say that, as a physician, I am excited about the Surface Pro 3 and its potential to rock the world for clinicians would...
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    Patientnado – the storm about to hit healthcare

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    Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock the last few days, you’ve probably not escaped all the buzz about a new cult sci-fi thriller, Sharknado .  Staring Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, Sharknado happpes“ when a freak hurricane swamps Los Angeles, thousands...
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    Aloha to Health ICT Past and Future

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    This week I’ve been attending the 2009 Leadership Conference at the Grand Wailea on Maui.  On Tuesday morning I delivered a keynote address at this gathering of more than 300 health plan executives from the Western US.  The theme of this year...
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    Information Technology: New Horizons in Health Care

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    This week I’ve been in Berlin, Germany, to speak at the World Health Summit 2010 .  Yesterday, I participated in a panel discussion and press conference at the Summit which is being held at Charite’ Berlin , the largest public hospital system in...
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    Why Accountable Care (and IT) Matters – a lesson from Montefiore

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    I’ve always been a big fan of hospitals and health systems that have physicians at the helm.  I’ve had the distinguished opportunity to work for a few of them during my 30 year career.  It’s not because physicians are always the best managers...
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    Microsoft emphasizes the “C” in ICT. Connect, Communicate, Collaborate

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    Last season on Microsoft Health Tech Today , I had an opportunity to interview Dr. Don Detmer.  Dr. Detmer is no stranger to the health ICT community.  He is Senior Advisor and immediate past President and Chief Executive Officer of the American...
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