Recovery and Reform: A two-city tale

I am writing this as I wing my way back to Seattle after three days on the road.  My first stop was in New Orleans to keynote Tuesday morning at the Medical Group Management Association’s annual conference and exhibition.  My second stop was Scottsdale, Arizona, to speak at the Hospital & Physician Relations Executive Summit….


Microsoft Health Tech Today—The Future of Natural User Interface (NUI)

On this week’s episode of Microsoft Health Tech Today my special guests are Drs. Eric Horvitz and Susan Dumas of Microsoft Research.  It is always a treat to visit with my colleagues from Microsoft Research.  If you follow HealthBlog you know that we often get an inside look at future technologies long before they show…


A new revenue source for large hospitals and health systems?

A few weeks back, I was a guest of The Atlantic and The Aspen Institute in Washington DC for something called the Washington Ideas Forum.  I shared highlights of that meeting here on HealthBlog.  It was quite a treat sitting just feet away from, and being able to interact with, so many well known political…


EMR’s Future is in the Cloud

Usually when someone calls me to say they’ve developed a new electronic medical record (EMR) solution for physician offices and clinics my eyes glaze over.  With hundreds of EMRs on the market, the last thing we need is yet another one.  I may have said as much to the developers of Health PostBox Express (HePoEx)…


Information Technology: New Horizons in Health Care

This week I’ve been in Berlin, Germany, to speak at the World Health Summit 2010.  Yesterday, I participated in a panel discussion and press conference at the Summit which is being held at Charite’ Berlin, the largest public hospital system in Europe.  Our panel topic was Information Technology:  New Horizons in Health Care.  The panel…


Health Tech Today—durable devices for mobile computing in healthcare

This week on Microsoft Health Tech Today we take a look at two Tablet computers built to withstand the rigors of the healthcare industry.   If you don’t believe Panasonic’s Toughbook H1 MCA Tablet computer is really tough, just watch the first 20 seconds of this week’s show.  Seeing is believing.  I told you about the…


Health 2.0, Project Blue Button, and the Community Health Data Initiative

This week many of my colleagues in our Health Solutions Group will be attending Health 2.0 in San Francisco.  They will be demonstrating some of the cool connectivity that Todd Park (see photo below), CTO of the US Department of Health and Human Services, discussed on this week’s Health Tech Today Program. On our program,…


Microsoft Health Tech Today, Season Two, Begins Today

I am pleased to tell you that Microsoft Health Tech Today, season 2, is now live.  Please join us today and every week for a new program segment in our on-line series at the intersection of health and information technology. Each information-packed program runs just 3 to 5 minutes.  Please invest a few minutes of…


Bending the cost curve on healthcare reform

On Thursday of last week I was honored to join a gathering of leaders from government, industry, and public service in Washington, DC.  The event was the Washington Ideas Forum sponsored by The Atlantic and The Aspen Institute.  It was held at the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue just a stone’s throw from the US Capitol…