HealthBlog and Microsoft Health Tech Today–Home for the Holidays

The tree is up.  The gifts are wrapped (mostly).  And I’m ready for the Holidays to begin.  I hope that each and every one of you, our HealthBlog readers and Health Tech Today viewers, is looking forward to the Holidays as well. This is a great time of year to take stock of our blessings…

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Microsoft technology helps unlock the mysteries of HIV

For more than two decades scientists have been hard at work trying to unlock the mysteries of the human immunodeficiency virus or HIV.  The virus has proven to be a challenging foe with a unique ability to rapidly mutate in a way that fools the human immune system and frustrates our quest to develop an…

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Hugging the “Cloud” for eHealth Innovation in Europe

This week it was my privilege to host and facilitate a meeting of the Microsoft Health Users Group (Microsoft HUG) in Europe.  On Monday evening and all day on Tuesday more than 90 customers, partners, developers, clinicians, and government officials gathered in Brussels, Belgium, to discuss “Embracing Cloud Computing in Health and Wellness”. Our event…

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Fine tuning virtual colonoscopy—a faster, better, less expensive screening test for colon cancer?

I happen to be old enough to have had a screening colonoscopy on two occasions.  As anyone who has had this procedure performed will know, the exam itself isn’t nearly as bad as the preparation for it.  With good sedation, one hardly remembers the procedure.  However, drinking a gallon or so of go-litely bowel prep…

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Microsoft Biology Initiative—technology and tools for the scientific community

This week on Microsoft Health Tech Today, my special guest is Beatriz Diaz Acosta, senior research program manager for The Microsoft Biology Initiative (MBI).  I first told you about MBI here on HealthBlog last July when we introduced the initiative to the scientific community.  Since then, thousands of scientists and researchers have been downloading and…

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The Future of (Healthcare) Technology is Here

It has been a very busy week here at Microsoft.  There is just so much happening right now.  Xbox and Kinect are on pace for record sales between now and Christmas.  I’m blown away by all the interest in Kinect and the visionary ideas I’m receiving for how it might be used in health and…

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Wireless Wonder—a Bluetooth electronic stethoscope

The stethoscope has become one of the most recognized symbols of the medical profession, perhaps more so than the white coat.  Put a stethoscope around someone’s neck, and that person will immediately be recognized as a healthcare professional. I certainly remember with pride when I receive my first stethoscope in medical school.  I also remember…

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A more citizen-centric approach to health and public safety

This week brought me to the nation’s capitol to keynote at a health industry conference.  Following that, I met with White House national security and public safety officials at the White House Conference Center.  Speaking at a conference is something I do all the time.  Meeting with White House staff is not.  I’ll explain how…

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Microsoft Lync + Polycom: Not your grandfather’s telemedicine

Let’s face it.  Telemedicine has been around almost as long as television itself.  It used to be that only the military, government agencies, and large academic medical centers could afford telemedicine.  The equipment was every bit as big and expensive as you might find in a traditional television studio.  And, the distribution system was even…

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Meeting Expectations–Consumers, patients and healthcare

Last week before an audience of 4500 attendees at the Medical Group Management Association national annual conference in New Orleans, I shared a personal story about growing up in a hard-working, middle class family.  I explained how my Dad, a city fireman and World War II veteran, loved everything American.  He believed that everything made…

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