Build or buy Health IT? Some assembly required.

For as long as I can remember there’s been a great debate in health IT—build or buy? Every few years the pendulum seems to swing more to one side or the other which totally defies the laws of physics in the real world. Today that pendulum is showing signs that it squarely favors the buy…

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Protecting privacy for personal data stored in the cloud

IT professionals, healthcare executives, and clinicians in hospitals, health systems and clinics around the world are expressing great interest in moving more of their organizations’ IT applications and services to the public cloud. The concept of having a more flexible, scalable, cost-effective means to provide information communications technologies for their business both today and well…

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Why clinicians are frustrated with health IT, and what you can do about it.

I had to chuckle when I came across a blog post on KevinMD this morning. The post that appears on what is described as social media’s leading physician voice doesn’t mince words. In the post, Dr. Edwin Leap does an excellent job explaining why so many physicians are totally frustrated by health IT. I fully…

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Don’t get sucker punched by delusional thinking when buying an EHR

It’s been a busy week for me hosting executive briefings here at Microsoft for some of our very best hospital and health system customers. These days there is a common theme among many of these organizations. Incentives made available through the federal HITECH Act have healthcare provider organizations making deep investments in new electronic health…

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