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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Modernizing Communication and Collaboration in Healthcare

When I started my career at Microsoft nearly 14 years ago, I dreamed of the day when technology could deliver a total communication and collaboration solution for healthcare. Over the last decade I’ve observed pieces of that dream come together as information technology matured. It started with gradually improved technologies to deliver rich audio and video over internal and…

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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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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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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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The Healthcare Internet Revolution

I’m writing this from Philadelphia where this evening I’ll be presenting at the 2007 International Freddie Awards.  The awards ceremony honors the very best in health and medical media (television, film and video) from around the globe.  It is always a star-studded event and a chance to see many of my colleagues from the medical broadcasting…

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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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