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  • Blog Post: Why your meetings are broken – and what you can do to fix them

    Meetings can be the best part of your day -- or the absolute worst. They can be great tools for sharing information, sparking innovation and assigning tasks. Or they can be a complete waste of time. Whether good or bad, meetings can have profound effects on an organisation. So what separates the positive...
  • Blog Post: Disrupting and Destructing Healthcare

    From childhood most of us remember the sage parental advice on how to deal with bullies--“sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me”. Of course, we all know that words do hurt, maybe not physically, but they certainly take a toll on our psyche. These days in planning...
  • 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: Microsoft CityNext: Making the case for service transformation with IEG4 and Stockport MBC

    The lure of embracing digital-by-default systems in the public sector is always the same, isn’t it? Saving money? And it’s true that if you do away with the printing and processing and storing of all those paper forms, your organisation will save money. But sometimes saving money in the short...
  • 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 an app that no one uses could be endangering your IT security

    In just under five months, Microsoft will end support for Windows XP – and running XP after 8 April carries significant security risks . Yet 8-in-10 NHS desktops are still running the 12-year-old operating system -- which means that the race is on to migrate NHS machines to a modern operating system...
  • 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: EHI Live 2013 preview: A paperless NHS by 2018? Could it ever happen?

    One of our health care partners, Cloud 2 , will be joining Microsoft at EHI Live on 5-6 November, 2013. Richard Smith from Cloud2 discusses here what the team will be showing at EHI Live. Despite the advent of electronic communications and records, paper is still used extensively for communicating...
  • 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: 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: Baby You’re a Firework – Hot Healthcare Innovation in Australia

    Let’s face it. International business travel is grueling. Between jet lag, irregular meals, and meetings that often run from dawn well into the evening, it's not all that romantic. Business travel on Valentine’s Day is even less so. That’s why last evening as I rolled into my Sydney...
  • 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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