Is your health organization prepared for accountable care?

As healthcare transforms from a volume-based service to one that is more value-based, and “accountable care” becomes the focus for hospitals, clinics, and other providers, it will be absolutely essential to take a more holistic view of community health status. How can you begin to make a difference if you don’t know where to focus?…

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Why 2014 should be a very good year for consumer & enterprise health IT

It seems that much of the US is mired in snow and ice this week. Even here in the Pacific Northwest where winter temperatures tend to be somewhat moderate, we have had an entire week of temperatures well below freezing. There’s even a hint of snow in the forecast for later today. News reports say…

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A few of my favorite (tech) things this Holiday Season

Happy Holidays to all of my HealthBlog readers around the world. I wish you peace, happiness and prosperity in 2014. As I have done each Holiday Season over the past few years, I would like to tell you about a few of my favorite things. Unfortunately, unlike the old Oprah Winfrey Show or the current…

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Steaming hot Health IT in New Zealand

My colleagues had warned me and sure enough, the moment I got off the airplane in Rotorua, New Zealand, I immediately picked up the rotten egg aroma of sulfur that permeated the air around me. Rotorua is a hot bed for geothermal activity. The city sits adjacent to a giant volcano that exploded thousands of…

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Health Innovation! At the Centre in Australia

As I wrap up a week-long visit with customers and partners across the East Coast of Australia, it was entirely fitting that we ended up in Melbourne. Melbourne is home to the Australia Centre for Health Innovation located just a block away from the Alfred Hospital which, founded in 1871, is Victoria’s oldest hospital operating…

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Lifehouse at RPA. Tribute to a inspirational clinician now offering comfort, care and cure for cancer patients in New South Wales, Australia

It is said that behind every great man, there is a great woman. I met one such woman today. Her name is Gail O’Brien. To Australians this story is well known. Dr. Chris O’Brien was a gifted physician and surgeon who specialized in head and neck surgery. Thanks to a popular reality television show about…

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Amazing health tech in surprising places, a report from Baku, Azerbaijan

If you live in a large, industrialized Western country and you don’t travel much outside your own borders, you may believe that high tech health IT exists only in countries like yours. If so, you’d be wrong. One of the most eye-opening things for me as I’ve traveled the world these past few years is…

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Focusing on “Care” as much as “Cure” in health around the world

Upon returning to Redmond from my keynote address at FutureMed in San Diego last week, I held an executive briefing on the Microsoft campus for a group of customers and partners who were visiting from Holland. As a former practicing physician and hospital executive I’d be the first to admit that my briefings tend to…

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A little slice of geek heaven at FutureMed 2013 in San Diego

As I sat in a tufted, white leather arm chair waiting for Dr. Daniel Kraft to introduce me for my keynote, I gazed across the audience. More than 300 of the brightest engineers, developers, academicians, scientists, and clinicians from around the world were gathered in the ballroom of the Del Coronado Hotel. They too were…

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