Employer-driven "Electronic Health Records": A needed catalyst for healthcare IT?

I’ve commented before on this Blog that much of the true innovation I see in the implementation of advanced information technology solutions in healthcare, particularly electronic health and medical records, is happening outside of the United States.  There are two reasons why this is so.  First, most healthcare in other countries is controlled and delivered through the public…

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The Connected Health Framework: A service-oriented architecture for health IT

I’d like to draw your attention to a very thoughtful piece in HHN Most Wired written by well-known CIO, John Glaser, and his Partners Healthcare CTO, Steve Flammini.  These guys are highly respected healthcare IT veterans and thought leaders in the industry.  If Glaser and Flammini believe Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is the future, and perhaps salvation of applications for…

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Windows Vista Accessibility; Speech Recognition and Navigation

As referenced in my previous Blog entry, I just returned from delivering the opening keynote address at the NextGen Users Conference in Las Vegas.  The event was attended by nearly 2500 people.  As I looked out across the vast audience that filled the Grand Ballroom I couldn’t help but think about how much, and how fast,…

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New Streaming Video: Windows Vista–Making computing more accessible to everyone

As a physician and computer enthusiast, I have a lot of passion about ways to make computing more accessible to everyone regardless of ability or disability.  That’s why I’m so enamored by the work of our Accessibility Group here at Microsoft and the amazing solutions that make it possible for people with cognitive, visual, auditory, or…

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After the FREDDIES: 5 Trends that will Shake the World (of healthcare)

I’m back from the FREDDIE Awards in New York City.  I had a wonderful time at the event which was held at the Cipriani on E42nd Street.  It was a star-studded evening and a chance to catch up with a few of my colleagues from the world of television, including CNN anchor Paula Zahn who I…

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