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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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    Announcing Microsoft "House Calls for Healthcare Professionals" audiocast series

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    I'm pleased to inform my Health Blog readers about a new program that we are launching here at Microsoft Healthcare and Life Sciences. It's a new audiocast supplement to my " House Calls for Healthcare Professionals " articles on www.microsoft.com/healthcare...
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    Data Input: The final frontier in clinical computing

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    I used to say that mobility, or rather the lack of mobility, was a leading factor that has limited the widespread adoption of electronic medical records by physicians. Indeed, until just a few years ago we really hadn't cracked the code on ubiquitous...
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    A Chance to Sound Off: What's Ailing Healthcare?

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    This morning it was my pleasure to attend a Healthcare Advisory Committee Meeting hosted by our 8th District US Congressman for Washington State, Dave Reichert . Congressman Reichert is perhaps best known as King County Sheriff, Dave Reichert, who helped...
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    Pay for Performance: Doctors, are you ready?

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    A major topic at this week's Disorders of the Spine conference at Whistler, B.C., was pay for performance. It is no secret that surgical and treatment outcomes in medicine are all over the place, or that employers and payors including the federal government...
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    Needed: A Standardized Viewer for Digital Imaging

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    As mentioned in my last Blog entry, I'm attending the 18th Annual Disorders of the Spine conference in Whistler, B.C. This morning I was approached by several surgeons who wanted to vent about a common problem brought on by the increasing prevalence of...
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    Tablet PCs in Healthcare: What's the right device for you?

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    This week I'm off to Whistler, B.C., for the 18th Annual Disorders of the Spine Conference chaired by Dr. Glenn Rechtine. On Monday evening I'll provide a keynote presentation on the Future of Computers in Medicine. Tuesday morning, my colleague Mike...
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    Healthcare IT or Not: No excuse for bad service

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    I applaud my colleague Michael Millenson for shedding light on a very important topic in HHN's January 11th, Most Wired On-Line Magazine , " A Patient's View of Health IT ". I referenced my own family's horrible healthcare experience in an earlier post...
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    Microsoft XBox: Yet another great development platform for healthcare

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    In today's Seattle Times there's an article about my colleague Dr. Harold Goldberg and a grant he has received from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study platform and device options for the management of chronic disease in young people. Dr. Goldberg...
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    A Microsoft Window on Financial Services and the Healthcare Industry

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    In my last entry I promised to share information about a family healthcare crisis I experience over Christmas vacation. In retrospect, I've decided not to share it because it probably wouldn't tell you anything you don't already know about the deficiencies...
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    The Attributes of Clinical Work-Flow

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    Let me start by extending my sincerest thanks to Dr. Clifford Goldsmith for contributing his insightful views to HealthBlog during my vacation. You can be sure that we'll be asking him to become a regular contributor. I will echo on a few thoughts...
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    Evolution of the Clinical Workstation

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    My wife and I just bought a new car this past weekend. It is a hybrid and I never thought I would say it, but this new technology is way cool! I love watching the energy UI on the little computer screen of the car as it shows me how the gas and electric...
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    Windows Media Center for eHealth

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    Happy Holidays from all of us in Microsoft's Healthcare and Life Sciences team. Isn't the holiday season great! I feel so blessed to be spending quality time with my family and friends. A couple of nights ago we were with friends and after dinner the...
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    Does Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) Reduce Patient Safety?

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    Writing this title, even in the form of a question, on a technology-oriented Healthcare blog feels like sacrilege; like an employee making a politically incorrect statement (choose one of your favorites here) at the annual policy meeting of the HR leadership...
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    Guest Blogger

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    It is evident to anyone who scans Microsoft's Healthcare Blog that Dr Bill Crounse has an extremely busy schedule. I have no doubt that you will be pleased to learn that Dr Crounse is at last taking a well-deserved vacation through January 3rd, 2006....
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    Windows Mobile: Development platform for health enabled Smartphones

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    This morning I had the pleasure of keynoting the opening session at the Medical Records Institute's National Conference on m-Health (mobile) and EOE in San Diego. Qualcomm VP Don Jones preceded me at the podium with a presentation titled "The Momentous...
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    Microsoft Healthcare Industry Director Offers 5 Trends to Watch

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    I've just returned to Seattle from TETHIC and CDHCC in Washington, D.C. While there, I had an opportunity to facilitate the summit leadership group discussions on Wednesday and participate in panel discussion following a presentation by Doug Bush, VP...
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    Transparency in Clinical Quality Indicators: The Future is Now

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    I have just returned from our Healthcare Executive Forum event in Minneapolis. More than 30 customers came from across Minnesota and Kansas, from Allina to Mayo , to join us at the Grand Hotel . It’s terrific to see so many folks from the c-suite as well...
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    On-line Physician Consultations: Eating Our Own Dogfood

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    At Microsoft we are famous for "eating our own dogfood"; the practice of pounding away on beta software well before final versions of the software are ever released to customers. It's our way of testing the waters for new innovations and subjecting all...
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    Wishing You A Happy Blogsgiving

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    As I sit warm and toasty in my family room watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV, I'm reminded of all the things I have to be thankful for this year. I'm thankful for my beautiful wife. I'm thankful for my talented daughter who left IBM...
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    Tablet PCs, Healthcare Integration, Portals and More

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    I'm just back from visiting with more than a hundred customers who attended our Healthcare Executive Forum events in Philadelphia and New York City. Our New York event was held in the famous Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Center . I even had a chance to...
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