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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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    A better together story for physician -patient satisfaction, Epic + Surface

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    How many times have I heard from my physician colleagues that their computer and electronic medical record are getting in the way of patient care. By that they mean, coming between them and their patients. If you have ever used a clinical workstation...
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    Still missing--price transparency in healthcare

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    A few weeks ago, I saw my primary care provider for a scheduled physical exam or what the health insurance industry now likes to call a “wellness checkup”. If you recall, a major selling point of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is that we are moving...
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    Did you miss the bus at HIMSS?

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    No, I don’t mean literally did you miss the bus. I don’t even mean did you miss the bus that was part of Intermountain Healthcare’s great exhibit at HIMSS . I mean more figuratively, did you miss the bus at HIMSS? It is easy to get lost at this mega show...
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    Looking for a “clinical grade” tablet computer? Get this special HIMSS14 deal on Surface Pro 2

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    Like so many of my readers, I’ll be hanging at the HIMSS meeting this week in Orlando. In fact, I’m winging my way there as I write this at 35,000 feet. I think half the people on the plane are on the same mission. When they announced early boarding for...
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    With Office 365, another reason to embrace the cloud in healthcare

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    How many times have you read an article about patient frustration over the fact that doctors won’t communicate with them by e-mail? Even though consumers can use e-mail to communicate with just about every other business organization these days, the practice...
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    My HIMSS prescription for basic survival and optimal enjoyment

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    So the big meeting( in Orlando this year) is just around the corner. If you, like me, have been attending HIMSS for many years before this, then you’ll know what to expect. It will be the best of times and the worst of times. You’ll leave with sore feet...
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    Is your tablet computer “clinical grade”?

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    If you’re a healthcare professional and you are thinking about buying a new tablet computer for work, here are some things I’d recommend you consider before selecting a new device. Perhaps the first question you should ask is this. Is the tablet I’d like...
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    Microsoft has a 12th man too, and it’s you!

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    Here in Seattle we are still pinching ourselves over yesterday’s Super Bowl blow out against the Denver Broncos. I don’t think even the most diehard Seahawks fans expected such a rout. It was long overdue for the Emerald City and I couldn’t be happier...
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    Develop a health app for Windows 8.1 and possibly change the world

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    I t’s been said that the world is being eaten by apps, applications that is. Whatever your need, it seems “there’s an app for that”. For those of us in healthcare, it is hard to escape the proliferation of apps. There are clinical reference apps, apps...
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    Do we need to re-imagine the electronic medical record?

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    The electronic medical record is here to stay. It would be foolish to think that the healthcare industry could ever go back to paper. Yet I know that the majority of my clinical colleagues aren’t especially happy with the electronic medical records systems...
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    Would you trade places with your physician?

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    I suspect many people would answer that question with, “Yes, in a heartbeat”! They might consider the perceived status, the opportunity to help others, and what is arguably a very good income. These and other reasons might make a person want to trade...
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    Advances in devices and clinical mobility, why Windows matters

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    In my role at Microsoft, I spend a lot of time in meetings with very senior healthcare executives and clinical leaders from all over the world. I frequently get asked, "What is the perfect computing device for doctors, nurses and others working in...
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    Do we need new vital signs for health?

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    The standard definition for vital signs is, “measures of various physiological statistics, often taken by health professionals, in order to assess the most basic body functions”. Another definition says vital signs are literally “signs of life”. Classic...
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    Microsoft Kinect Sensor applications in health and medicine

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    Rarely on HealthBlog do I share something that I haven’t written myself. However, from time to time I come across something from my colleagues at Microsoft that warrants breaking my first-person reporting rule. As I travel the world in my role as senior...
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    Windows 8 tablets get “tough” for healthcare

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    Last Friday I reported on some official cleaning guidelines for the Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 line of tablet computers. Knowing how to keep your tablet computer as clean as possible without damaging the device is important, especially when...
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    Starting 2014 with a cleaner (Surface) slate

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    As physicians, nurses, clinical case managers, home health providers and others who work in health and healthcare have discovered, the slate tablet computer is becoming a preferred device for busy healthcare professionals. The slate tablet’s highly mobile...
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    Is your health organization prepared for accountable care?

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    As healthcare transforms from a volume-based service to one that is more value-based, and “accountable care” becomes the focus for hospitals, clinics, and other providers, it will be absolutely essential to take a more holistic view of community health...
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    Why 2014 should be a very good year for consumer & enterprise health IT

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    It seems that much of the US is mired in snow and ice this week. Even here in the Pacific Northwest where winter temperatures tend to be somewhat moderate, we have had an entire week of temperatures well below freezing. There’s even a hint of snow in...
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    A few of my favorite (tech) things this Holiday Season

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    Happy Holidays to all of my HealthBlog readers around the world. I wish you peace, happiness and prosperity in 2014. As I have done each Holiday Season over the past few years, I would like to tell you about a few of my favorite things. Unfortunately...
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    Steaming hot Health IT in New Zealand

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    My colleagues had warned me and sure enough, the moment I got off the airplane in Rotorua, New Zealand, I immediately picked up the rotten egg aroma of sulfur that permeated the air around me. Rotorua is a hot bed for geothermal activity. The city sits...
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