Happy Tech Holidays from HealthBlog

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the thousands of loyal HealthBlog readers around the world for your continued encouragement and support. When I started this blog in 2006, blogging was still a novelty. The idea for starting HealthBlog was suggested by my Microsoft manager at the time. At first I pushed back. “Why…

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Improving productivity, patient satisfaction and clinical workflow in your medical practice, clinic or hospital

For more than 20 years, I practiced Family Medicine in the greater Seattle area. Although I was always affiliated with large, multispecialty  organizations during that time, many of my professional friends and colleagues are other primary care physicians. Most of those doctors work independently or as partners in small practices. In fact, the majority of…

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Tracking Tuberculosis Treatment—a global health emergency

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), tuberculosis is a global health emergency. Every year there are an estimated 9 to 10 million people who become infected with TB. Experts say our greatest risk for becoming infected is just breathing in the air around us, should that breathing take place in close, prolonged proximity to…

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For the clinician on your list this Holiday Season, Dr. Bill’s favorite things

  The Holidays are coming at us fast.  Are you looking for the perfect gift to give the doctor, nurse or other clinician in your life?  Oprah may have her favorite things list, but I have one too; only mine is much shorter.  Here are a few of my favorite things for the doctor, nurse,…

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Using communication and collaboration tools to improve patient care and clinical workflow

HealthBlog readers will find frequent references on this blog to the importance of communication and collaboration in patient care and clinical workflow. As a former practicing physician, and knowing what I know about modern communication and collaboration best practices, I’m often dumbfounded that so many of my clinical colleagues still resort to paper, phone and…

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Primary care providers at the table in Health IT decision making

Earlier this month I was on a business trip in Europe. I met with healthcare leaders in the UK, Sweden and Holland. In the UK, there was a lot of discussion about the ramifications of the decision to decentralize budgeting for the National Health Service (NHS).  Essentially, each of the various NHS trusts is now…

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Why Windows 8 is a compelling choice for clinicians around the world

As I’ve traveled the world this past year meeting with Microsoft customers and partners and speaking with clinician colleagues, I frequently get asked, “So what’s the big deal about Windows 8 and why does it matter to the healthcare industry?” It’s a fair question and one that I am more than happy to answer now…

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Healthcare– Doing More by Doing New with Less

After spending the last two weeks traveling in Europe on business, it feels really good to be home again. Watching the US elections play out on international television while in a time zone 9 hours ahead of home was a particularly memorable part of the trip. So now with the reelection of President Obama, the…

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Are you “game” for health?

I’m writing this from Amsterdam where I am halfway through an extended business trip in Europe. I started my journey in London (by way of Paris).  In the UK, I traveled from Southampton to Northampton and all around London proper to visit various NHS and private hospitals in England. My next stop was in Stockholm,…

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Redefining telemedicine as a routine clinical practice

Next week I’ll be visiting with healthcare customers and partners in Europe, specifically in the UK, Sweden and Holland. I frequently come back from these trips marveling over some of the innovation I see in clinical practice and healthcare delivery. This is particularly true in how many organizations are using information communications technology (ICT) to…

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