For a change, I'm at my home office in Redmond this week. In fact, I'll be here the next few weeks before heading off to Europe again for a speaking engagement and some much needed vacation.
My week started with a briefing for industry and government officials from Belgium. They were part of a mission of the ministry of foreign affairs of Belgium which included his royal majesty, Prince Filip. Although Price Filip did not attend my session, I did meet with a dozen or so executives from leading European ICT companies that are active in the public sector and healthcare.
The Benelux region is a hotbed of activity for innovative companies specializing in e-health and tele-health technologies. One such company is Vitalsys. They provide a range of efficient and highly flexible applications for home healthcare organizations, hospitals, general practitioners, school medicine, health insurance companies and other organizations as well as for individual patients. Vitalcare's solutions include telemonitoring devices and services for drug compliance, heart rhythm, blood coagulation, chronic heart failure, blood glucose, and weight management. Their VitalCare Telemonitoring Platform provides a web based telehealth record system where patient results can be securely stored, transmitted, and analyzed by healthcare professionals. Vitalsys is yet another shining example of a company that is enabling certain healthcare services and the management of chronic disease to move from hospital and clinic to the home.
Developers are the heart of soul of ICT solutions in healthcare. That's why I want to make you aware of an upcoming conference that is sure to be of interest to those of you fired up about tomorrow's health industry applications and technologies. The Microsoft Health & Life Sciences Developer and Solutions Conference will take place in Atlantic City, New Jersey, April 22-24.
This is a unique event designed for developers, architects, technical and business decision makers in the healthcare industry. Please join us to discover how Microsoft, its partners, and customers make possible the delivery of Software + Services in Health & Life Sciences. Speakers will include my colleagues, Peter Neupert - Corporate Vice President of our Health Solutions Group; Grad Conn - Senior Director for our Health Solutions Group, Microsoft Corporation Amalga, Amalga HIS, Amalga RIS/PAC, and HealthVault; and Paul Mattes - Industry Managing Director, Health & Life Sciences, Microsoft Corporation. Besides hearing from these guys, you'll have an opportunity to learn more about Surface Computing, the Connected Industry Framework, Consumer Enablement Reference Architecture, the Patient Safety Screening Tool, and much more. And, the conference and some meals are FREE. You just need to get there and pay for your hotel (Sheraton). Additional conference information is available at http://www.hlsdevcon.com. Space is limited. You can register HERE.
April 22-24, 2008
Atlantic City, NJ
Bill Crounse, MD Senior Director, Worldwide Health Microsoft Corporation