Trust matters in health and healthcare, and so do standards on privacy, security and compliance

Spoiler alert! The subject of this blog post will be quite boring for most of my readers. It is, however, one of the most important topics I could share with you. It seems almost every day we hear about a new data breach of one kind or another. It happens to retailers, web service companies, banks, entertainment companies, and…

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Your Healthcare Organization’s New Front Door

Portal   (pôr’tl, pōr’-)  n.   A doorway, entrance, or gate, especially one that is large and imposing. An entrance or a means of entrance: the local library, a portal of knowledge. A website considered as an entry point to other websites, often by being or providing access to a search engine.     It’s true! …

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Data input: Still a final frontier in clinical computing but progress is being made

I’ve called “data input” the final frontier in clinical computing.  In fact, data input has been a frequent topic on HealthBlog these past few years.  If you want to see for yourself, just type in “data input” in the handy search box on the upper right-hand corner of my Blog.  Up will come entries about…

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Science and Technology in Society Forum: How software could help save the planet

Today I attended the opening of the 4th Annual Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum in Kyoto, Japan.  I’m here at the invitation of Mr. Koji Omi, Member of the House of Representatives and former Finance Minister for Japan.  Mr. Omi is also notable as the founder of the STS Forum.  It is a genuine…

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Microsoft HealthVault: A Place to Search, Store and Connect Health Information for You and Your Family

As a physician, I know how important it is to have access to my patient’s health information.   As a patient, I know how frustrating it is to have my health information scattered across multiple doctors, ambulatory clinics and hospitals.  As a care manager for my elderly parents, I’ve experienced firsthand how difficult it is to keep…

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Microsoft Healthcare Common User Interface: Now available free worldwide

Anyone who works in healthcare knows that many of today’s clinical software applications leave a lot to be desired when it comes to “user experience”.  Unlike ubiquitous, commodity software used in other businesses, healthcare applications are highly proprietary and often based on legacy technologies.  Clinicians find that much of what’s available today is often too…

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Doctor Google and Doctor Microsoft; if not them, who?

The Internet is abuzz today following a New York Times article by Steve Lohr about Microsoft’s and Google’s designs to change the game in healthcare.  Readers who follow this Blog will understand very well where I come down on all of this.  As a country, maintaining the status quo in our broken healthcare system (which really…

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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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Help people around the world, win fame and prizes for your healthcare solutions

  Are you a healthcare industry solution vendor?  Do you want worldwide recognition for your company’s good work and the solutions you build using Microsoft technologies?  Would you like an opportunity to win prizes including a roundtrip for two to Paris and a guest spot to judge at the Imagine Cup 2008?  If so, Microsoft’s Developer and…

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Your opportunity to help change the world in healthcare: Check out these RFP’s from Microsoft Research

    My colleagues at Microsoft Research asked me to spread the word about an announcement they made on Monday during their External Research & Program’s Faculty Summit. Faculty Summit is the premier event hosted by ER&P for academic researchers and professors to meet with Microsoft researchers and product group engineers for in-depth presentations and…

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