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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Bendigo Health, building a cloud first, mobile first health platform of the future

This morning I had the distinct pleasure of spending an hour with Danny Lindrea, solutions architect at Bendigo Health. Mr. Lindrea came to Microsoft in Redmond to meet some of the members of our worldwide health team and share information on how Bendigo is advancing information communications technologies (ICT) using Microsoft and Microsoft partner services, products, and solutions. In…

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Reinventing and moving beyond the EHR. The proof is all around us.

HealthITNews reports that at least one popular EHR vendor (eClinicalWorks) is launching the flagship version of its cloud service solution by saying, “Don’t call it an EHR”. Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised by that as the latest EHR satisfaction survey from the AMA and Medscape shows that while EHR adoption by physicians has surpassed 80 percent, clinician satisfaction…

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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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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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A New Day in Healthcare IT

In my last Blog posting I hinted that a “new day was coming in Healthcare IT”.  As HealthBlog readers may have surmised, I had advance knowledge of an announcement that was made late last evening and is hitting the press today.  That announcement is the purchase by Microsoft of a company called Global Care Solutions (GCS) of…

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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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The commodity storm; unleashing an EMR tornado for small physician offices and clinics

My latest travels took me to Louisville, Kentucky, where I provided a keynote for a breakfast event organized by Health Enterprises Network.  It was a gathering of more than 275 healthcare, business, and community leaders from around the central Kentucky region. I don’t know why, but I seem to have more than my share of perilous adventures on these trips.  Some of you will remember my…

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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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A Swiss Army Knife Approach to Healthcare IT

Last evening I returned to Seattle from a three-day trip to Switzerland.  I was there to provide the opening keynote for the ehealthcare.ch conference in Nottwil and also to meet with Microsoft customers and partners attending the event. Perhaps the highlight of my trip was sharing the keynote stage with Dr. Bertrand Piccard.  Unless you are Swiss, you may…

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