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  • Blog Post: How can we identify and unlock skill sets within public sector organisations?

    This post is by Suzy Dean, CEO of EasySharePoint. There’s a wealth of talent within public sector organisations, but it’s often hard to find and identify relevant skill sets when they’re needed. Everyone in the workplace has secrets. Not the deep, dark secrets we see in murder...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft CityNext: Examining the role of population health in designing 21st century cities

    Health will play an essential role in the evolution of cities. High-density population areas face unique public health challenges, but they can also help pioneer new solutions. Local governments and local health providers have an opportunity to offer transformative services that put people first. But...
  • 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: How HealthVault helps people like me take control of my health

    The following post is by Raj Thiagarajan Director of Strategy and Business Development at HealthVault International and was originally published here . If asked, most people can provide a pretty accurate overview of their financial situation within minutes. However, if asked for an overview of their...
  • Blog Post: Looking ahead to the year in healthcare: What challenges will the NHS face in 2014?

    This post is by Sophie Smyth. Now that EHI Live 2013 is over and done, it’s time to pause and reflect on all the important lessons of this year’s show. Mark Smith, Microsoft UK’s Director of Health, shared his insights into the key learnings from EHI Live 2013 -- and his predictions...
  • Blog Post: Understanding the "zero day" risks of sticking with Windows XP after support ends

    This post is by Alastair Dick, Microsoft CTO - NHS. I know that most of the NHS IT teams are currently beavering away upgrading XP machines to Windows 7 & 8. For those who are questioning the urgency to upgrade before the end of support date next year, there has been some very interesting research...
  • Blog Post: NHS trust expands SharePoint for collaborative process delivery

    This post was written by Nick Saalfeld. Cloud2 is one of the healthcare specialists in the Microsoft Partner Network, and we have talked about their ‘Hadron’ suite of SharePoint deployment methodologies before on this blog . In brief, the logic of Hadron is that: SharePoint is a...
  • Blog Post: Webinars and Workshops - Simplifying clinical access to multiple applications and patient records with acceSSOnce

    In May 2013 we covered a story which highlighted how Clinicians at Luton and Dunstable NHS Foundation Trust Hospital were saving 30-45 minutes per day on average by using acceSSOnce – an OCSL partner solution, based on Microsoft software, which simplified clinical access to multiple applications...
  • Blog Post: Calculate. Communicate. Connect. Excel 2013 for healthcare professionals

    If there is one characteristic built into the heart of the new, more granular, structure of the NHS, it is fluidity. A much larger range of public, private and third sector organisations, representing a web or network (rather than a tree with the Department for Health at the top) will be required to...
  • 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: ‘Follow-me’ technology gives clinicians more time for patients

    Even in digitally advanced hospitals, clinicians regularly complain about tardy access to patient data – which is hardly surprising since most of it is scattered around the trust in remote silos and departmental systems. Paul Curran reports on one trust that has solved this challenge - and restored...
  • 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: Seamless and productive - a review of the new Fujitsu Q572 for use in the NHS

    Today, we open up our blog to our colleague and guest blogger Alastair Dick - Microsoft CTO for Health. He takes a look at a new device on the market which is set to get NHS pulses racing... As Windows 8 has been out for while I thought it would be a good idea to have a look at some of the devices...
  • 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: Optimising electronic medical records (EMRs) with Microsoft solutions

    Did you know that Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) are the top IT investment being made by hospitals around the globe today? Check out this short, entertaining video and find out how Windows 8, SQL and Azure are hugely relevant when investing in an EMR...
  • 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: Putting Windows 8 Tablets to work in healthcare – a buyer’s guide

    There is a slew of shiny new tablets on the market, many of which are crammed with enough features to make life on the wards easier for heavy users, and all of which will look gorgeous under your arm. At the pricier end of the market, for example, is the Sony Vaio Duo 11 , which features a nifty sliding...
  • 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: 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...
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