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  • Blog Post: Creating a people-centric approach to health IT – Free training

    Giving clinicians access to data at the point of care increases efficiency and improves outcomes. But embracing this new way of working isn’t as simple as handing every doctor and nurse a tablet and wishing them the best of luck. A health organisation needs to have the right IT infrastructure in...
  • Blog Post: EHI Live 2013 preview: Getting clinicians involved in designing their own solutions

    One of our health care partners, Optevia , will be joining Microsoft at EHI Live on 5-6 November, 2013. Steve Lyon from Optevia discusses here what the team will be showing at EHI Live. One of the things I really like about working with health sector customers who are using patient relationship management...
  • Blog Post: SQL underpins Ascribe’s Web Pharmacy rollout at North Tees & Hartlepool

    Microsoft technology is at the heart of another successful (and on-time) healthcare IT deployment, this time at North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, and in the rapidly emerging field of e-prescribing. Hospital pharmacies are an ideal target for improvement through technology, as: ...
  • Blog Post: “Communities are generous”: Enterprise social networking in healthcare

    Social networking has a chequered reputation in healthcare circles, but a new breed of secure, highly available and easily managed Enterprise Social Networks is giving clinicians, healthcare organisations and patients a whole new environment in which to communicate, engage and drive outcomes. The...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft software harnessed by OCSL’s acceSSOnce desktop solution to improve patient care at Luton and Dunstable University NHS Foundation Trust Hospital

    Clinicians save 30-45 minutes per day on average through simplified access to patient data. Luton and Dunstable NHS Foundation Trust Hospital has introduced acceSSOnce, an OCSL solution based on Microsoft software to simplify clinical access to multiple applications and patient records, and improve...
  • Blog Post: My week of quantified self: day three

    Lazy day Day three of my quantified self week with Health Vault is upon me, up until now I’ve been doing great, but after a good couple of sessions at the gym earlier in the week , I’ve had a lazy turn. Last night I managed to get through two(!) movies from the Matrix trilogy (which only...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Flexible working in healthcare - did Santa revolutionise your productivity over Christmas?

    Now that most of us are back at work following what was hopefully a very merry festive season, we'll be looking forward to using the new devices some of us may have got at Christmas. There is no doubt that one of the current hot topics amongst healthcare professionals is IT flexibility at work. With...
  • 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: 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: Depleted financial resources doesn’t have to equal depleted patient care

    Ben Jones, NHS Client Director at Trustmarque, explains how the NHS can maximise efficiency and provide better patient care, without depleting existing resources Today’s NHS is challenged when it comes to meeting ever stricter performance targets while coping with cut budgets. There are many...
  • Blog Post: Winning the security war on a new battlefront: medical devices

    From ward to theatre, the NHS is increasingly populated with connected, specialist devices; and several recent analyses suggest that these devices are becoming collateral casualties of the broader battle for cybersecurity. What are the unique challenges of device protection in healthcare, and are there...
  • Blog Post: Clinician-led IT projects are a winner (partner post by Enline)

    In the run up to EHI Live, we are giving some of our partners the chance to post on our blog about what they're currently up to and their view of EHI Live 2012 (November). First out of the blocks is Jack Clarke, Microsoft Business Manager from our partner Enline ... I’ve been working with...
  • Blog Post: What's cloud computing all about? We have the perfect guide...

    In the middle of the 1990s the Web emerged and a whole generation of Internet-facing Web applications, both Internet and Intranet, were built using HTML and Web servers. Web technologies remain a core model in developing applications today. In the early 2000s Web services and SOA (Service-Oriented...
  • Blog Post: Perfect devices, the perfect OS, and great applications – no compromises for clinical computing

    Last week on this blog I wrote a piece about computing devices and why I thought the tech industry would soon deliver much better choices for clinical computing. Today, I want to focus a bit more on why I think that is so. I also want to explain why its not just the device that matters, but also the...
  • Blog Post: The perfect device(s) for clinical computing? We’re getting closer all the time

    Last December, as I was preparing for meetings with Microsoft OEM (original equipment manufacturer) partners at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, I posted a blog piece titled, “ If you could design the perfect computing device for clinicians and clinical workflow, what would you ask for...
  • Blog Post: Amazing movement-to-text sign language glove wins Imagine Cup!

    Microsoft Corp. announced the winners of the 10th annual Imagine Cup , the world’s premier student technology competition, honouring student technology innovations that address the world’s toughest problems. The winning Software Design project developed by Ukrainian Team QuadSquad allows...
  • 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...
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