The Kinect Effect – in games, education, health and so much more.

It has only been a year since Microsoft introduced Xbox Kinect to the gaming world.  As I’ve explained so often here on HealthBlog, Kinect’s impact is being felt far beyond the domain of home entertainment.  Around the world, people are experimenting with this new way of interacting with computers and information.  Those of us in…

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Clinical Genomics – Hype, Hope and Better Tools for Researchers

This week I came across two important announcements that I wanted to share with readers of HealthBlog.  The first was communicated to me in an e-mail I received from my colleague Michael Millenson (right).  Over the years Michael and I have shared the podium on occasion at hospital and health system leadership events and board…

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Microsoft Health Tech Today explores the “Consumerization of IT” and what it means for clinicians, hospitals and clinics.

Doctors, nurses, technicians, administrators and others who work in healthcare all have one thing in common.  They are consumers.  And, like consumers everywhere, they are buying lots of cool new mobile phones, tablet computers and laptops.  Increasingly, the owners of these shiny new devices are bringing them into work and that is posing a problem…

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Learning from Lean and other best practices inside and outside of healthcare

My eyes were immediately drawn today to a new H&HN Daily post by Mathew Weinstock, senior editor of Hospitals and Health Networks magazine.  The post got my attention for two reasons.  First, it was only a few weeks ago that I had an opportunity to meet with Mathew and his staff during a short visit…

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Mercy Me! Prominent health system commits to virtual care

This week I was invited to provide a keynote at the Mercy Health System Innovative Care Conference held in Tulsa, OK.  The theme of the conference was “Pioneering a New Model of Care….Together”.  It was the second annual gathering of physicians, clinicians and health executives affiliated with Mercy’s Center for Innovative Care (CIC). The conference…

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Getting to a 360° Patient Experience

A degree is a unit of measurement that describes an angle that is 1/360th of the circumference of a circle.  Travel 360 degrees and you come “full circle” back to where you started.  A 360 degree customer experience is often described as one that encompasses and satisfies everything a person could possibly want from a…

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Steve Jobs on business, life and health

For nearly 20 years, I served as a physician broadcaster and medical reporter on television.  I did regular reporting for our ABC and CBS stations in Seattle, and also for ABC Network News.  I also hosted a weekly program for physicians on Lifetime Medical Television.  Even as a physician and a scientist, it was often…

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Clinicians, Consumers and IT Professionals– can’t we just all get along?

Have you heard the term “Consumerization of IT”? If you happen to be a hospital or health system CIO or a member of his or her team, I doubt that I need to explain what that means.  You are feeling the tension of it every day  For the rest of you, let me provide a…

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