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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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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Digital Health Days 2015 in Stockholm

I spent last week in Stockholm, Sweden, meeting with some of our customers and partners. I also had the honor of providing a keynote for an industry conference called Digital Health Days. The Digital Health Days conference is an annual event that brings together clinicians, managers, politicians, technologists, patients and others to explore the many…

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Nordics at the forefront of extending the reach of virtual healthcare

Having visited the Nordic countries of Europe many times over the last 13 years, it comes as no surprise to me that telemedicine is at the forefront of regional initiatives to improve healthcare access and delivery.This is particularly true in rural areas of the Nordics where the nearest hospital or clinic may be hours away. I have fond memories…

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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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The “Green Patient Lab” provides a glimpse of future healing environments

Today I’m in Phoenix, Arizona, to keynote at what is for me a different kind of industry conference.  Each year, I provide dozens of keynotes at industry conferences for healthcare providers and information technologists all over the world.  But this one is special; special because this conference is about something every bit as important as…

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Remedies for the Meltdown: What savvy healthcare organizations need to do now

In the January 6th edition of Hospitals and Health Networks Weekly on-line journal, my colleague Ian Morrison offers an insightful editorial on the impact of the world financial meltdown on health and healthcare.  He rightfully points out that the health industry isn’t immune from financial downturns; only that the painful effects are often delayed a…

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Get Your Golden Ticket Here: The Microsoft Health Users Group Conference

Would you like to get the latest scoop on HealthVault and Microsoft Amalga?  How about a sneak peek at future health solutions using Microsoft Surface?  Would you like to see how some of the world’s leading healthcare organizations are improving workflow collaboration and delighting patients with Microsoft Unified Communications?  Or how about an opportunity to…

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Healthcare gets WIRED

No, this isn’t another story about Unified Communications, cellular phones, or even healthcare’s most wired hospitals.  It’s about a keynote address I attended this morning at the World Healthcare Innovation and IT Congress in Washington, D.C., at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. I find myself in the “other Washington” for the second time in the same…

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American Healthcare and Falling Bridges: Too much in common

I’ve mentioned before on this Blog that I’m a fan of Most-Wired Online and its guest editorials.  Every so often, a Most-Wired edition comes across my desk that especially draws me in.  This week’s editorials by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island on Building a National Health IT Infrastructure and by Lois Taveras and Dadong…

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