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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    The Mobile Clinical Assistant; a new category in Tablet PCs for healthcare

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    Over the past few years Microsoft partner, Motion Computing , has focused on serving the healthcare industry. In February at HIMSS , the company introduced an entirely new category of Tablet PC; the Mobile Clinical Assistant, also known as the C5 . In...
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    The Story on MedStory

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    One of the big announcements during HIMSS last February was Microsoft’s acquisition of a company specializing in medical search. That company is called MedStory . Recently, I caught up with MedStory founder and CEO, Dr. Alain Rappaport , M.D., Ph.D.,...
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    The next wave in remote monitoring: Better care, peace of mind

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    In previous Blog entries I've talked about the next wave in remote physiological monitoring. Mobile technologies, devices and web services will soon allow us to remotely monitor patients suffering from chronic diseases or elderly people living alone in...
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    If Wal-Mart Did Healthcare......

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    Last month, after delivering a keynote address in Orlando and spending a little time visiting Disney attractions, I wrote a piece that pondered what it might be like if Disney did healthcare . Last week I was in Washington, D.C., for the World Health...
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    A Common User Interface to Clinical Systems: Making it real

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    On October 21st, 2005, I wrote an entry on this Blog about the need for a more common and intuitive user interface to clinical information systems. Here's part of that entry: ***************************************************** Jim Lynch, R.N....
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    Your opportunity to help change the world in healthcare: Check out these RFP's from Microsoft Research

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    My colleagues at Microsoft Research asked me to spread the word about an announcement they made on Monday during their External Research & Program’s Faculty Summit. Faculty Summit is the premier event hosted by ER&P for academic researchers and...
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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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    IP all over, all over IP at St. Olavs Hospital in Trondheim, Norway

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    The past few days of travel in Norway have been truly eye opening. After leaving Tromso on Monday, we headed to Trondheim where I had an opportunity to hold meetings with clinical and administrative leaders and take a tour of St. Olavs Hospital . The...
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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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    Mobile Devices and Solutions for Healthcare

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    I'm going to be on the road the next few weeks for a business trip and some vacation. While I'm away, I wanted to share two brand new videos in my House Calls for Healthcare Professionals series of audio and video programs. The topic is Mobile Devices...
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    Monitoring the Pulse of a Pandemic

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    The World Health Organization has raised their alert level to Phase 5, meaning that a pandemic outbreak of swine flu is imminent and just one step away from Phase 6 which would indicate that a worldwide pandemic is underway.   Also, the CDC...
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    What’s Ahead for Clinical Computing?

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    When you think about the future of clinical computing, what images come to mind? In five or ten years, will we still be using desktop PCs, computers on wheels, laptops and Tablet PCs? Will the keyboard and mouse be as prevalent as they are today? What...
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    PowerPoint 2010—a “must have” for clinicians and medical educators

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    One of the true joys of my job at Microsoft is having access to all of our new software and solutions well before their release to the general public.  I’ve been using Windows 7 since the early beta versions.  I now have the final RTM version...
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