The Next Chapter–Microsoft and digital technologies in health and healthcare delivery

\ When I joined Microsoft in September of 2002 I never dreamed I’d be writing this blog post in January of 2016. Of course in 2002 HealthBlog didn’t exist. HealthBlog wasn’t born until October of 2005. Since then, I’ve posted more than 800 articles about digital tech in health and healthcare.  I came to Microsoft after…

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A secret shopper’s perspectives on the EHR and clinical workflow

As someone who has practiced medicine using both paper and electronic records, and someone who’s been focused on the health tech scene for the past 20 years, you might think I’ve seen it all. Indeed, during my 35 year career in medicine and tech I’ve traveled the world and learned a lot about healthcare, clinical practice and the intersection…

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Health Information Exchange (HIE). A recipe that just might work.

If there is anything that plagues the health industry and severely damages the value proposition for information technology in healthcare, it is the dismal failure to achieve system interoperability and perhaps more importantly, health information exchange. No matter how elegant an individual clinic’s or hospitals’ or health system’s electronic health record solution might be, the value of the patient data these systems capture…

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After the EMR. The technologies that will truly transform healthcare and clinical workflow.

Last week, Healthcare IT News editor Mike Miliard wrote a piece that might have escaped your attention. He offered up 18 health technologies poised for big growth based on data from HIMSS Analytics. While none of the technologies listed are quite as sexy as robotics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, I’d say they are spot on with regard…

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Improving health and healthcare, a global perspective

If you live in America and work in the healthcare industry it is easy to assume that the issues we face in providing care to our population are uniquely American. While it is true that we spend more per capita on healthcare than other nations, and many would argue that we spend too much for…

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Don’t get trapped in a health data vortex without the tech you need to manage it

HealthBlog readers may have noted my absence over the last two weeks. That’s because I was taking a little break from my day job at Microsoft.  My wife and I enjoyed a much needed vacation in Sedona, Arizona, that included a side trip and overnight stay at the Grand Canyon.  Although August isn’t the best…

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Hopping along toward better health in Western Australia

Regular HealthBlog readers know that I often find symbolism in things that I see as I travel the world.  In Japan it was a wooden bridge in a serene garden.  In Switzerland it was the Swiss Army Knife.  In Banff Canada it was a ladder reaching toward a star on top a Christmas tree.  Here…

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Mailbag: HealthBlog readers confirm some important trends

I wanted to share a couple of insightful comments on previous HealthBlog posts that I received this week.  One reader responds to my post about a public hospital in Spain, Torrevieja Salud, that I wrote about while attending a health leaders event in Barcelona last December.  Using commodity software solutions and development tools from Microsoft and some of our…

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Commodity software; the next wave in contemporary hospital information systems

 Hospital de São Sebastião Earlier this year, I shared the amazing story of Torrevieja Salud Hospital in the Valencia Region of Spain. Hospital IT staff at Torrevieja Salud had built a very robust, end-to-end hospital information system using commodity, off-the-shelf developer tools, software, and technologies from Microsoft.  They did it for just a fraction of what…

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Healthcare IT Innovation in the Most Surprising Places: When size doesn’t matter

I’m back from Kansas City where we hosted a very enjoyable Healthcare Executive Forum event with some of our customers. Every time I get out in the field I’m amazed by some of the great work our customers are doing to improve work flow processes, patient safety, care quality, and the satisfaction of those giving and receiving care.  Such…

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