Setting aside differences and embracing what connects us

It really is a new day at Microsoft. I cannot emphasize how much things have changed. A significant part of my job at the company is doing what we call executive engagement. At our beautiful briefing center in Redmond, Washington, and at other locations around the world, I meet with customers to review Microsoft’s value proposition in health and the healthcare…

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What doctors aren't learning in medical school, and what needs to be done about it

I came across the most wonderful article today on ForbesBrandVoice by athenahealth contributor, Dr. Stephen Klasko. The article, What Doctors Aren’t Learning In Medical School And Why It Matters, touches on a theme that has been near and dear to me over the course of my own medical career–the importance of communication and collaboration in…

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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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Getting more bang for the buck from your investments in Health IT

If you are an executive or physician leader for a hospital, health system, or clinic I don’t have to tell you that electronic medical record solutions are expensive. For many hospitals and clinics, buying and implementing an EMR is one of the more significant investments they will make; sometimes way more than the latest high-tech medical imaging…

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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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Obama’s new web site helps citizens find health insurance

Microsoft Health Tech Today launches season two on October 5th I invite you to join us on October 5th for the launch of the second season of Microsoft Health Tech Today.  My special quest is Todd Park, CTO for the US Department of Health and Human Services.  Mr. Park takes us on a tour of…

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Learn more about “Clinical Groupware”

On my HealthBlog post of June 24th I posed the question, “Is it time for Clinical Groupware?”  Well, apparently the answer is YES!  Since June, a number of my colleagues have come together to form what is now known as the Clinical Groupware Collaborative.  The Collaborative’s mission is to promote lower-cost, flexible, easier-to-use and implement…

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Doc in the box now out of the box

Our current model for healthcare delivery does a reasonable job meeting the needs of people in developed nations around the world.  However, even in those nations that provide good care for citizens there are growing concerns about aging populations, the increasing incidence of chronic disease, and shortages of skilled healthcare professionals.  Then consider the other 5…

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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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Needed: A Few More Instigators for the Healthcare Internet Revolution

Yesterday in Las Vegas, I had the pleasure of delivering a keynote luncheon address at the 11th Annual Healthcare Internet Conference.  I say pleasure because the audience consisted of the very folks needed to drive and innovate new web services and care delivery models in healthcare.  These were marketing VPs, senior healthcare strategists, physician executives, CEO’s, IT executives and web…

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