Earlier this week we launched a redesign of the health pages on www.microsoft.com. Those paying attention may also note that the site is now accessible through /health rather than only /healthcare although either address will take you to the new front door. This subtle change acknowledges the fact that there is much more to health than just health care and that we are putting even greater focus on technologies and solutions that cross the entire spectrum of health, from enterprise organizations right down to individual patients and consumers.
The first thing you will notice about the new site is a redesigned front page enhanced by SilverLight, with further upgrades to come over the next several weeks. It has much cleaner navigation to the various segments in our health-related lines of business. This includes not only information about IT solutions for providers, health payers, and life sciences companies, but also solutions from our rapidly growing Health Solutions Group and their portfolio of products and services including the Amalga Unified Intelligence System, Amalga Hospital Information System, and HealthVault. We have also added a direct link to solutions that address the business needs of Health and Social Service agencies as well as information that is of interest to health IT executives. By following any of these links you can drill down on a wealth of information including solution descriptions, partners, case studies, white papers, web casts, and more to help you improve operational efficiency, delight employees and customers, and provide safer, higher quality and more satisfying care to your patients.
Next week I'll be in Boston to provide an opening keynote for the World Congress Leadership Summit on "The Road to Interoperability" where we'll be debating what "change looks like" in the world of Healthcare IT. I hope to see some of you there.
Bill Crounse, MD Senior Director, Worldwide Health Microsoft Corporation