Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services: Right solution, right time, right price for healthcare

If you are charged with managing e-mail, messaging, and other forms of electronic communication and collaboration in a healthcare organization large or small, you will be very interested in learning more about Exchange Hosted Services from Microsoft.  For starters, check out the new audio-cast on this topic in my House Calls for Healthcare Professionals series.  This…

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A Paperless Hospital Information System for less than 1Million? What we can learn from Spain

Earlier this week I was in Barcelona, Spain, presenting at a Microsoft customer event called the Health Industry Leaders Innovation Forum.  Healthcare executives from across the EMEA region came together to share information on how they are using information technology in healthcare and to exchange ideas on how to drive even greater innovation in the industry.  We listened to…

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Employer-driven "Electronic Health Records": A needed catalyst for healthcare IT?

I’ve commented before on this Blog that much of the true innovation I see in the implementation of advanced information technology solutions in healthcare, particularly electronic health and medical records, is happening outside of the United States.  There are two reasons why this is so.  First, most healthcare in other countries is controlled and delivered through the public…

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The Connected Health Framework: A service-oriented architecture for health IT

I’d like to draw your attention to a very thoughtful piece in HHN Most Wired written by well-known CIO, John Glaser, and his Partners Healthcare CTO, Steve Flammini.  These guys are highly respected healthcare IT veterans and thought leaders in the industry.  If Glaser and Flammini believe Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is the future, and perhaps salvation of applications for…

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Windows Vista Accessibility; Speech Recognition and Navigation

As referenced in my previous Blog entry, I just returned from delivering the opening keynote address at the NextGen Users Conference in Las Vegas.  The event was attended by nearly 2500 people.  As I looked out across the vast audience that filled the Grand Ballroom I couldn’t help but think about how much, and how fast,…

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New Streaming Video: Windows Vista–Making computing more accessible to everyone

As a physician and computer enthusiast, I have a lot of passion about ways to make computing more accessible to everyone regardless of ability or disability.  That’s why I’m so enamored by the work of our Accessibility Group here at Microsoft and the amazing solutions that make it possible for people with cognitive, visual, auditory, or…

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After the FREDDIES: 5 Trends that will Shake the World (of healthcare)

I’m back from the FREDDIE Awards in New York City.  I had a wonderful time at the event which was held at the Cipriani on E42nd Street.  It was a star-studded evening and a chance to catch up with a few of my colleagues from the world of television, including CNN anchor Paula Zahn who I…

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Brave New World: Make your own movie, tv, or radio show

Next week I’m off to New York for the International Freddie Awards.  If you don’t know about the Freddie Awards; it is a celebration to honor excellence in medical and scientific film, documentaries, television, videos, Web sites, DVDs and CD-ROMs.  Now in its 32nd year, the International Health and Medical Media Awards, the Freddies, have become the…

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New Audiocast: Asklepios–Hospital of the Future

As I’ve traveled the world, I’ve come to appreciate the fact that some of the most innovative work in healthcare information technology is happening outside of the Unitied States.  One such example is the Asklepios Hospital near Hamburg, Germany.  In this month’s edition of my audiocast series, “House Calls for Healthcare Professionals” we visit with an…

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Medicine on the Net: If not now, when?

Next week I’m off to Toronto, Canada, to make a keynote address at the 11th World Congress on Internet in Medicine.  The Congress is being coordinated by the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation in Toronto and brings together several prestigious groups including the Society for the Internet in Medicine (SIM), the International Society for Research on Internet…

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