On-line Health Services Begin to Mature

OK.  I’m supposed to be on vacation, but a few items caught my attention this week that I just had to share with HealthBlog readers. Your Future Chief of Staff from Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine provides an excellent review of the growing use and demand for communication and collaboration technologies in transforming healthcare delivery. …

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Season’s Greetings from HealthBlog

Regular HealthBlog readers know how much of my time I spend traveling the nation and the world.  The upside is that I get to see a lot of things and share them with you.  The downside is that I’m frequently away from home. With the Holidays upon us, I want to take time to first…

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Healthcare Reform in China

Last week I reported on my informative trip to visit customers and partners in Japan.  After returning home to Seattle, I thoroughly enjoyed having a few days off to spend with my family over the long Thanksgiving weekend.  This week, my attention is drawn to China; not for a personal visit but rather to share…

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Laying tracks for better health in Japan

This week I’m reporting from Tokyo and Yokohama.  It is the second time in as many years that I’ve been invited to speak at an industry event here in Japan.  Yesterday afternoon, it was my honor to provide a keynote for the 28th Joint Conference on Medical Informatics being held at the convention center in…

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Windows Mobile – Facilitating Care at Home

Home care is one of the fastest growing segments in the health industry. It is estimated that each year, about 2.5 percent of the American population receives some kind of home care service from a doctor, nurse, therapist, or home care aide. All of this amounts to more than 429 million visits a year, and…

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Video Gaming Graphics Supercharge Medical Imaging

Combine the graphics processing power of a contemporary video game with a CT scan, MRI or other medical image; wrap it up in a commodity-priced viewer, and what have you got?  You’ve got FiatLux Imaging. I first met up with FiatLux Imaging co-founder and CEO, Mary Frances Feider, a couple of years ago when the…

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News from the World of Health IT

I’m writing this entry from the World of Health IT (WOHIT) conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.  The conference got underway early Tuesday morning.  Yesterday, I was privileged to deliver the opening keynote at a Physician Symposium pre-conference that was held at nearby Herlev Hospital.   This 700 bed teaching hospital occupies the tallest building in Denmark.  At…

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At Microsoft Health, We Make House Calls

OK.  We don’t exactly come to your home in the physical sense, but we do make house calls.  I’m pleased to introduce an updated and redesigned site for an on-going series of articles, audio-casts and videos that we call House Calls for Healthcare Professionals on Microsoft Health . You can now access House Calls (and…

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Patient Heal Thyself

I’ve written and lectured extensively on worldwide health trends, one of which is “increasing personal responsibility”.  In both private and public health systems there is growing recognition that we must do a better job engaging our patients in the the quest to lower healthcare costs and soften the toll of chronic disease.  Depending on the…

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Health 2.0 What are we really building?

Today, I am reporting from the Health 2.0 Conference in San Francisco.  More than 950 business, clinical, and technology luminaries have gathered together for the second annual conference organized by Indu Subaiya, MD, and Matthew Holt of THCB fame.   I was invited to speak on a panel reviewing the findings of a first-of-its-kind multinational survey…

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