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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Bringing clinical workflow to life with Microsoft and Windows 10

On Wednesday, July 29th, Microsoft releases Windows 10. The world awaits. Of course here at Microsoft, many of us have been testing and using early builds, and now the final build, of Windows 10 for quite some time. In fact, millions of people who don’t work at Microsoft, those who participated in the Windows Insider program, have also…

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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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Warning! For American clinicians only

OK, I hope the headline caught your attention.  If you are a clinician, keep reading.  If you are not a doctor, nurse or other healthcare provider it’s OK to read this too.  In fact, you probably should. A regular theme on HealthBlog has been the growing use of contemporary, lower-priced, very powerful, knowledge worker solutions…

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New Audiocast: Collaborative solutions for better patient care and a healthier bottom line

Back in January, I wrote a piece entitled Big Healthcare Savings from Surprisingly Simple Solutions.  I profiled some excellent work at Childrens Memorial Hospital of Chicago where they are using solutions built with Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Office, and InfoPath to absolutely delight clinical staff and add of ton of money to their bottom line. This story is especially compelling because it didn’t…

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Unified Communications: The Next BIG Thing in Healthcare

In previous Blog entries and on my House Calls audio-cast series, I’ve highlighted healthcare customers who are doing some outstanding work using Microsoft and Microsoft partner solutions to build portals that make key performance indicators, quality standards, and price standards more transparent.  These same solutions are being used to automate clinical and business work-flow processes,…

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