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  • Blog Post: Healthcare innovation and discovery in Eastern Canada

    This post originally ran here on 19 March. This week I’m travelling in Eastern Canada or more specifically the greater Toronto area. I’m came to speak at a healthcare executive roundtable event organized by my Microsoft colleagues who manage our health business in Canada. It was also...
  • Blog Post: Starting early with the PHR: Taking the Redbook online

    Microsoft HealthVault , the secure healthcare information data store, is being used across the world in an ever-increasing number of ways, in order to use data to improve health outcomes. Here in the UK, developers are lucky: we have a giant healthcare provider which is hungry for technology solutions...
  • Blog Post: Big Data and what it actually means to healthcare

    A guest blog from Paul Henderson of Microsoft partner Ascribe. There is a lot of talk about Big Data. You can’t help but feel that a lot of the talk is about the opportunity to think differently about data to improve your position in whatever industry you might be in. Very little seems to be about...
  • Blog Post: A Strategic Approach to Telehealth

    Last month we saw how a range of new technologies, often familiar consumer tools like Skype , are driving interest in telehealth. However, said Andy Dunbar of Microsoft specialist healthcare Partner, Risual, the live deployments were mainly fragmented; developed piecemeal, and often by interested clinicians...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Receives G-Cloud Impact Level 2 Accreditation from Cabinet Office for Use across the UK Public Sector

    Microsoft’s cloud computing platform is now accredited to store and communicate data securely up to the UK Government’s Impact Level 2 classification. Reading, UK. — 04/04/13 — Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, Windows Azure, has been awarded Impact Level 2 (IL2)...
  • Blog Post: Telehealth with Skype and Lync: Join the federation!

    There’s no question that telehealth is an area of technology which has an opportunity to generate real value in the NHS. It’s a relatively mature area of IT – in more remote areas (the highlands and islands of Scotland, for example), trials and point solutions have been deployed...
  • Blog Post: Public Sector case studies for Budget day

    Well, the 2013 budget has finished and while the dust is settling on the key points from the Chancellor's speech, We've compiled some great case studies from the UK public sector to share with you which demonstrate excellent examples of cost saving... How to save money and... ...reduce carbon footprint...
  • Blog Post: Primary care providers at the table in Health IT decision making

    Today we thought we'd share this great post with you from our Senior Director of Worldwide Health , Bill Crounse (based in the US - hence the thanksgiving reference!). Not only does it bring us news from healthcare IT in the states, it's particularly relevant as it mentions how NHS Trusts are to control...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 - a must have for your device in healthcare (plus get a free trial!)

    It's a fact many healthcare professionals are looking to use portable devices much more in their daily work. This means there is a big shift taking place from old desktop-friendly applications to those which work on tablets and even on multiple devices. After all, Office 365 lends itself to touch devices...
  • Blog Post: Healthcare innovation - free downloads from our partners

    Here are some handy downloads about brilliant health IT solutions by our partners that we originally posted for the EHI Live event in November 2012. They're highly useful further reading if you'd like to find out what great advances are being made in healthcare using Microsoft technology... 2e2 –...
  • Blog Post: MyHealthLocker Revisited: ICT redefining mental health care

    Back in May, the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (SLaM), in association with Microsoft, launched MyHealthLocker, the UK’s first online service designed to give users of SLaM’s mental health services greater control, participation and collaboration in their care programmes. Four months...
  • Blog Post: EMAS uses Lync teleconferencing to accelerate service transformation

    For anyone who still thinks teleconferencing is a feelgood application with little underlying value, here’s a salutary lesson from the East Midlands, where the technology is helping to create a consultative environment in which seismic change can still power forward. Plus, thanks to Office 365...
  • Blog Post: DocCom network seminar - video interviews

    On 9th July a group of healthcare professionals from across the UK gathered in Central London to discuss how social media and networking can be of benefit to healthcare. The organiser of the event was DocCom - a new, secure, online community for healthcare professionals. The seminar was extremely interesting...
  • Blog Post: The hype about Skype in healthcare

    As television programmes go, we are faced with a wealth of choices these days. It's almost information overload! One of the few, really informative programmes which I like watching though is Embarrassing Bodies on Channel 4. Perhaps 'informative' is not quite the right word to use as maybe it suggests...
  • Blog Post: DocCom seminar event review - 9th July 2012

    It was a very interesting morning in the DocCom seminar at our Cardinal Place office, London. A room full of clinicians and other healthcare workers had gathered to discuss the new DocCom social network platform and current key IT-related issues affecting healthcare professionals. It was a great mix...
  • Blog Post: Livescape: the Swiss Army knife of healthcare apps

    If you had any doubt about the might of your mobile, consider this. By the end of 2011, over 10.9 billion apps (smartphone applications) had been downloaded to mobile phones across the globe. Their popularity is driven by some universal factors: Apps are easy to use and visually appealing: they...
  • Blog Post: MyHealthBox – a first for mental health care

    Guest blog: Mike Denis, Director of Information Strategy at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) Today, Tuesday 15th May, Health Minister Lord Howe officially launches MyHealthBox , the world’s first patient-held electronic health record in the field of mental health. It’s...
  • Blog Post: Health Tech Spending and Profitability - Chicken, Egg or Omelet?

    By Bill Crounse, MD - Senior Director, Worldwide Health. As someone whose entire career has been steeped in clinical medicine and technology, I’m a big fan of the American publication, Hospitals and Health Networks . I especially like reading the commentaries on the publication’s digital...
  • Blog Post: Deploy and use Office 365

    You can help your team to be more productive than ever before with Office 365. While getting users up and running on Office 365 is simple and straightforward, these resources below are available to help. Sign in to Office 365 at any time and double-check your custom deployment plan to make sure you have...
  • Blog Post: Cloud computing - Infrastructure v platform (as a service)

    In this post we will compare and contrast 'infrastructure and platform as a service' delivered from public cloud. Infrastructure as a service delivers raw compute power in the form of virtual machines. Organisations can go to an IaaS provider and request a number of virtual machines, say a hundred...
  • Blog Post: Cloud computing - Delivering IT as a service

    The role of any IT department in an organisation is to deliver business value through information technology. This distils down to delivering a set of applications to the business users to enable them to do their roles more efficiently. Anything outside of the application is inherently overhead, whether...
  • Blog Post: xpoint®: making the search for NHS efficiency… more efficient

    The NHS is not just the UK’s largest employer; it’s also one of the most dispersed. In the hunt for savings and efficiencies, then, how can lessons learned in one corner of the NHS labyrinth be shared in a timely fashion with other colleagues? Sally Whittle finds a new solution already gaining...
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