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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Three things hospitals and health systems need to do in 2016 and why

This is the time of year we all start making resolutions and predictions for the new year ahead. One of my fellow executives here at Microsoft asked me to respond to the following question: “If I could recommend 3 actions for health organizations to undertake in 2016, what would they be, and why?” Of course it is hard to…

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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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After the EMR. The technologies that will truly transform healthcare and clinical workflow.

Last week, Healthcare IT News editor Mike Miliard wrote a piece that might have escaped your attention. He offered up 18 health technologies poised for big growth based on data from HIMSS Analytics. While none of the technologies listed are quite as sexy as robotics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, I’d say they are spot on with regard…

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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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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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Extending and coordinating care with Unified Communication: The next wave is here

Ten years ago I co-founded a company with the aim to provide web-based medical information, secure messaging and virtual visits between patients and their personal physicians.  Working in partnership with Microsoft we developed technology that was well ahead of its time, and also well ahead of the market’s ability to absorb it.  Quite honestly, the technology…

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Telemedicine, e-mail and messaging "oh my"!

I wanted to draw your attention to a just released interview I did with Digital Healthcare and Productivity.  In it, I talk about one of the most worrisome trends I see in US healthcare; how far we are falling behind the rest of the world in the use of information technology in the industry, including the provision of…

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