The Cell Phone as Health Coach, Personal Medical Assistant

An article from Associated Press posted on the front page of MSN poses the question, Will Cell Phones Replace PCs? I hardly think that will happen anytime soon, but I continue to be impressed by the growing array of applications and services that are now available for my Pocket PC Phone and Smart Phone.  Contrary to the belief…

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Healthcare Portals: Serving all people

According to the US Census Bureau, 55 percent of American households have access to the internet.  That’s triple the percentage reported in 1997.  I suspect the true figure is even higher since the survey is based on census information from 2003.  As might be expected, the survey says people most likely to use the internet…

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What if the change train has no passengers? Getting the word out on NHIN, RHIO’s and EMRs

During the years I worked in the television industry as a physician broadcaster, one of my news editors was always talking about “the change train”.  He would explain how the television industry was being transformed and that the change train was coming.  “You can see the light of the train coming down the track”, he would say. …

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Expect the Unexpected: A common user interface for the Electronic Medical Record

Jim Lynch, R.N. is quoted by Health Data Management’s on-line news service on remarks he recently made during a presentation at the 77th Convention and Exhibit of the American Health Information Management Association.  In his address, “Electronic Medical Records: Expect the Unexpected”, Mr. Lynch recounts the plaudits and pitfalls encountered at Oklahoma City-based Integris Health during the implementation of…

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The Future of Home Care

Next Monday, October 24th, it will be my honor to address the National Association for Home Care and Hospice at their annual meeting in Seattle.  More than 5000 people are expected to attend the 24th annual conference.  This year’s theme “Claiming the Future of Health Care” seems more appropriate than ever in light of our national focus on advancing the use…

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The Case for Clinical Leadership in Healthcare IT

Hats off to Dr. Barry Chaiken for his thoughtful op-ed piece, “The Pied Piper of Clinical IT“,  in this week’s Healthcare’s Most Wired On-line Magazine Dr. Chaiken rightfully points out the importance of clinical leadership and consideration of clinicians in any project that touches patient care.  The literature is loaded with examples of colossal project failures when IT departments don’t…

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Needed: A Compelling, Sustainable Business Model for RHIO’s

In his 2004 State of the Union Address, President Bush proclaimed that we’ll have an electronic health record for most Americans within 10 years. Soon after, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology was established and Dr. David Brailer was appointed as its first director. On October 6th, the Feds announced the…

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Welcome: Microsoft Health Blog

On behalf of our entire Healthcare and Life Sciences team, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our health blog.  We’ve created this space to explore, inform, debate and discuss the many issues and opportunities surrounding the adoption and implementation of the latest information technology solutions in healthcare.  Whether you are a doctor, nurse, patient,…

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