Microsoft CityNext: Turning Microsoft Kinect into a physical therapy tool

In many cities around world, officials are looking for ways to cope with the cost of caring for an aging population. The challenge will require health organisations to reimagine how they deliver care and track results. Often officials are worried they’ll be faced with a choice between lowered costs and improving care – but the…


4 common misconceptions about the cloud – and how they’re holding back your organisation

Cloud services may be big business – but the benefits of the cloud are not always well understood. Many non-technical leaders harbour misconceptions about the cloud that make it difficult to take full advantage of everything a cloud services platform can offer. At the recent EHI Live show, Richard Conway, Director of Microsoft Partner Elastacloud,…


How Bupa cut its development costs — and found the equivalent of a full time employee in the process

U.K. firm Bupa is a truly global operation, providing healthcare services and private insurance in 190 countries around the world – employing more than 62,000 people in the process. That massive scale means the company has some needs that can only be met by developing its own proprietary software, a task it accomplishes with in-house…


NHS England’s Beverley Bryant looks ahead to a 21st Century health service

This post is by Sophie Smyth. What does the future of the NHS look like? What trends will shape the changes to UK healthcare services in the years to come? To answer these questions, Beverley Bryant, the Director of Strategic Systems and Technology for NHS England, gave an extremely insightful talk at this year’s EHI Live…


Why it’s time for your organisation to rethink the humble office phone

Check your pocket. You’ve got a smartphone, right? It handles e-mail and texts and photos and instant messages — and it just happens to also send and receive phone calls. Now look at your desk. You’ve got a phone there, right? Does it handle instant messages? Does it handle video chats? Does share documents? No….


Migrating from Windows XP SP3 & Office 2003? Learn how support can make the shift easier

Support for Windows XP and Office 2003 will end in April 2014. As organisations move to newer, supported Windows and Office versions, they are faced with many challenges. These challenges include not only completing the technical implementation quickly and within budget, but also supporting employees post-migration. Both the business and employees expect a smooth transition;…


How an app that no one uses could be endangering your IT security

In just under five months, Microsoft will end support for Windows XP – and running XP after 8 April carries significant security risks. Yet 8-in-10 NHS desktops are still running the 12-year-old operating system — which means that the race is on to migrate NHS machines to a modern operating system like Windows 7 or…


Microsoft CityNext: Learn the 5 stages of healthy cities

Cities have the potential to become economic engines, accelerating growth and creating opportunity throughout the UK. But their productivity and their sustainability is tied to the health of their citizens. Local governments and health organisations must work closely together, as they have a unique opportunity to affect sweeping changes in citizen health. Of course, they…


The 3 big questions every health organisation needs to ask before launching a desktop transformation project

Rolling out a desktop transformation project doesn’t have to be painful — if the project is approached in the right fashion. “You need to consider the things that are going to comprise the desktop – not the desktop itself,” said Chris Marks, Director of Strategy at Esteem at the recent EHI Live conference in Birmingham….


Creating a people-centric approach to health IT – Free training

Giving clinicians access to data at the point of care increases efficiency and improves outcomes. But embracing this new way of working isn’t as simple as handing every doctor and nurse a tablet and wishing them the best of luck. A health organisation needs to have the right IT infrastructure in place to allow clinicians…