I'm back in the saddle after a whirl-wind tour of duty at Med-e-Tel in Luxembourg (followed by bit of vacation). Luxembourg may not be the easiest place in the world to get to in Europe, but I would highly recommend the annual Med-e-Tel conference. Under the auspices of the Luxembourg Ministry of Health and Ministry of Economy, the event brings together hundreds of thought leaders and advocates for tele-medicine, eHealth and Health ICT from around the world.
It was my honor to speak during the opening keynote general session with government and industry luminaries. It was also a good time to catch up with colleagues like Dr. Joseph Kvedar of the Center for Connected Health at Partners Healthcare System and David Whitlinger of the Continua Health Alliance among others. Once again, as I perused the exhibit floor, I was struck by the degree of interest in eHealth in Europe and the advances being made, Perhaps it is because of the greater socialized construct of healthcare in Europe, or maybe because governments there just seem to be more enlightened. Whatever the case, the Europeans are investing heavily in technologies to improve the delivery of health information and certain kinds of medical services electronically.
On another front, while I was away I received an e-mail that a series of interviews I did a few weeks ago for The Doctors Channel were now live on the web. If you're a clinician, you'll want to check out The Doctors Channel; what some are calling "the YouTube for doctors".
During my interviews, conducted by TDC founders Drs. David Best and Michael Banks, we discuss my career (how I ended up at Microsoft), how the Internet is impacting patient care, and some of the new health industry solutions and initiatives for both clinicians and consumers now underway here at Microsoft such as HealthVault. Just click on the links below.
My Career The Internet Microsoft Health
Bill Crounse, MD Senior Director, Worldwide Health Microsoft Corporation