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…

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EHI Live 2013 preview: Getting clinicians involved in designing their own solutions

One of our health care partners, Optevia, will be joining Microsoft at EHI Live on 5-6 November, 2013.  Steve Lyon from Optevia discusses here what the team will be showing at EHI Live.  One of the things I really like about working with health sector customers who are using patient relationship management tools is the…

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SQL underpins Ascribe’s Web Pharmacy rollout at North Tees & Hartlepool

Microsoft technology is at the heart of another successful (and on-time) healthcare IT deployment, this time at North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, and in the rapidly emerging field of e-prescribing. Hospital pharmacies are an ideal target for improvement through technology, as: Traditional paper prescriptions are prone to error, and the cost of those…

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“Communities are generous”: Enterprise social networking in healthcare

Social networking has a chequered reputation in healthcare circles, but a new breed of secure, highly available and easily managed Enterprise Social Networks is giving clinicians, healthcare organisations and patients a whole new environment in which to communicate, engage and drive outcomes. The idea of medical professionals using social networks generally causes the hackles of…

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Microsoft software harnessed by OCSL’s acceSSOnce desktop solution to improve patient care at Luton and Dunstable University NHS Foundation Trust Hospital

Clinicians save 30-45 minutes per day on average through simplified access to patient data. Luton and Dunstable NHS Foundation Trust Hospital has introduced acceSSOnce, an OCSL solution based on Microsoft software to simplify clinical access to multiple applications and patient records, and improve patient care. acceSSOnce provides a clinical desktop solution that is capable of…

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My week of quantified self: day three

Lazy day Day three of my quantified self week with Health Vault is upon me, up until now I’ve been doing great, but after a good couple of sessions at the gym earlier in the week, I’ve had a lazy turn. Last night I managed to get through two(!) movies from the Matrix trilogy (which…

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Big Data and what it actually means to healthcare

A guest blog from Paul Henderson of Microsoft partner Ascribe. There is a lot of talk about Big Data. You can’t help but feel that a lot of the talk is about the opportunity to think differently about data to improve your position in whatever industry you might be in. Very little seems to be about actual execution. Who…

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A Strategic Approach to Telehealth

Last month we saw how a range of new technologies, often familiar consumer tools like Skype, are driving interest in telehealth. However, said Andy Dunbar of Microsoft specialist healthcare Partner, Risual, the live deployments were mainly fragmented; developed piecemeal, and often by interested clinicians or ICT decision makers without well-developed adoption & deployment strategies to…

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Telehealth with Skype and Lync: Join the federation!

There’s no question that telehealth is an area of technology which has an opportunity to generate real value in the NHS. It’s a relatively mature area of IT – in more remote areas (the highlands and islands of Scotland, for example), trials and point solutions have been deployed for well over a decade now; and…

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Primary care providers at the table in Health IT decision making

Today we thought we’d share this great post with you from our Senior Director of Worldwide Health, Bill Crounse (based in the US – hence the thanksgiving reference!). Not only does it bring us news from healthcare IT in the states, it’s particularly relevant as it mentions how NHS Trusts are to control of their own budgets -…

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