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  • Blog Post: Civil Service Live 2014: Una O'Brien and the challenges ahead for UK health care

    Civil Service Live 2014 gave health care workers a rare chance to hear directly from some of the most important figures in the UK health sector. Department of Health Permanent Secretary’s Una O'Brien’s keynote speech was a highlight, as she looked ahead to some of the trends that will drive...
  • Blog Post: Get involved with NHS Change Day!

    This guest post is by Adebusuyi Adeyemi of NHS Improving Quality . NHS Change Day 2014 is going to be the biggest day of collective action for improvement in the history of the NHS. Are you ready? NHS Change Day 2013 was a countrywide grassroots initiative that provided an opportunity to transform...
  • Blog Post: Can technology help you put patients first?

    “Just put the patient at the center of the care experience.” Sound simple, when you put it that way, doesn’t it? Of course, everyone knows that patient centric care is easier to describe than it is to implement. Putting patients first and facilities modernisation go hand in hand...
  • Blog Post: NHS England’s Beverley Bryant looks ahead to a 21st Century health service

    This post is by Sophie Smyth. What does the future of the NHS look like? What trends will shape the changes to UK healthcare services in the years to come? To answer these questions, Beverley Bryant, the Director of Strategic Systems and Technology for NHS England, gave an extremely insightful talk...
  • Blog Post: How Surface can cure what ails doctors

    Dr. Nick Patel of Palmetto Health wanted to use a tablet at work to allow him to manage patient info on the go, improve his productivity and provide patients with more personal care. So he bought an iPad. But almost immediately, he began to see where the device fell short. "The problem with the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Windows Azure selected alongside partner Solidsoft for new European Medicines Verification System (EMVS)

    European pharmaceutical sector will rely on Microsoft Windows Azure to power new EU-wide system in the fight against counterfeit medicines London, UK. — July. 04, 2013: Microsoft and its Windows Azure cloud platform has been selected to power the new EU-wide European Medicines Verification System...
  • Blog Post: Santander, Spain: Where “smarter” meets “healthier”

    Today, we're blogging a guest post from our Worldwide Health Industry Senior Director - Elena Bonfiglioni . It touches upon a topic many healthcare teams have to tackle - how to combine different health applications into one system. Elena has found a city in Spain which has been doing just that and is...
  • Blog Post: The Consumer at Work: Creating the next generation of healthcare applications

    The first 60 years of business software has been focused on making operations more effective and efficient. However, outside work we now possess beautifully designed devices, which are easy to use and run a new generation of user centred software built on internet technologies. These devices and services...
  • 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: Public Sector Windows 8 Apps eBook

    Over the past few weeks we have been compiling eight great public sector apps which can be found in the Windows 8/Windows Phone app store . The result is this handy guide which features details about each app, screenshots and information about our involved Partners. Featured in the Windows 8 app eBook...
  • 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: Health Innovation Expo – Day 2

    Yesterday marked the second and final days of Europe’s largest healthcare innovation event, the Health Innovation Expo, at the ExCel Centre in London. Like day 1, the second day didn’t disappoint with a range of speakers who are all experts in their field. The day started off in the main...
  • Blog Post: Health Innovation Expo – Day 1

    Yesterday we attended day one of Europe’s largest healthcare innovation event, the Health Innovation Expo, Europe’s held at the ExCel Centre in London. The Expo is a two-day event showcasing some of the world’s most inspiring healthcare innovations and including a range of speakers...
  • Blog Post: Cloud platform gives UK patients and GPs mobile access to healthcare information

    EMIS Group, a leading supplier of healthcare software for GPs in the UK, wanted a more scalable and cost-effective web platform for its leading health website. Since migrating it to Windows Azure and making it accessible through Windows Phone and Windows 8, monthly visits have surged by 71 per cent to...
  • Blog Post: Set free your health teams with the revolutionary Office 365

    Flexible working (aka Anywhere Working) is a huge theme in UK healthcare. This covers a broad spectrum of topics including cloud, BYOD (bring your own device), platforms, IT infrastructures - all the way through to telehealth/telemedicine. The vision of healthcare professionals roaming hospital wards...
  • Blog Post: Solutions for better patient interaction – how are you meeting the challenge?

    In late January, Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell MP, Chair of the Health Select Committee, made the keynote speech at an event run by the Reform think tank examining the future of the healthcare workforce. Not surprisingly, as Britain’s largest employer, operating in the midst of the greatest economic upheaval...
  • Blog Post: All those ways you didn't think Office was going to change your life

    We thought you'd like to know about today's launch of Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium - to help improve productivity in your home office and in your personal life!... To celebrate the launch of Microsoft Office 365 in the UK we are holding a unique event taking place based on and around the specially...
  • Blog Post: A new dawn for Trust infrastructure: Why the end of XP is far from the end of the world

    NHS organisations are rightly risk averse, they have overloaded IT teams, and the weight of information assurance compliance bears heavily down. No wonder, then, that whole-estate upgrades are rarely a high priority. But with the deprecation of Windows XP, that is directly ahead on the horizon. How can...
  • 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: EHI Live Roundup: Tested technologies and a Partner on your doorstep

    Microsoft was a significant exhibitor at EHI Live 2012; with new products, new routes to engaging with NHS organisations, and a vibrant Partner community of experts... EHI Live has cemented its position as the pre-eminent conference for healthcare technology professionals in the UK; and this year...
  • Blog Post: easyJet transforms business model with cloud and Azure

    Luton-based easyJet are differentiating themselves from other low cost airlines by bringing in a new seat booking system . Traditionally synonymous with airport scrums due to the free seating arrangements on their planes, this move signifies a new era for the carrier. The new seat booking system is...
  • Blog Post: You don’t have to think ‘big bang’ to think big

    History has given intranets a bad name; yet modern iterations of these tools represent an opportunity for Trusts to improve working practices and processes across the estate. Plus, specialist implementations of Microsoft SharePoint like Cloud2’s Hadron 8020 make deployment and the route to ROI...
  • Blog Post: Council revolutionises collaboration with services using new business management software

    Plymouth City Council is facing a big social challenge - a 16-year life expectancy gap between the east and west of the city. Addressing this issue requires all services - including social and health care, policing, and housing - to work closely together. To achieve this, the council needs to update...
  • Blog Post: EHI Live partners share their thoughts on camera!

    Last week the Microsoft in Health Team visited the two-day EHI Live event at Birmingham's NEC. As well as our team of Microsoft experts, we also had some of our health partners on our large stand to showcase the latest innovative solutions they are working on with customers. The EHI Live event was...
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