Why your meetings are broken – and what you can do to fix them

Meetings can be the best part of your day — or the absolute worst. They can be great tools for sharing information, sparking innovation and assigning tasks. Or they can be a complete waste of time. Whether good or bad, meetings can have profound effects on an organisation. So what separates the positive from the…

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Disrupting and Destructing Healthcare

From childhood most of us remember the sage parental advice on how to deal with bullies–“sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me”. Of course, we all know that words do hurt, maybe not physically, but they certainly take a toll on our psyche. These days in planning meetings at…


Healthcare innovation and discovery in Eastern Canada

This post originally ran here on 19 March. This week I’m travelling in Eastern Canada or more specifically the greater Toronto area. I’m came to speak at a healthcare executive roundtable event organized by my Microsoft colleagues who manage our health business in Canada. It was also an opportunity to catch up with some of our customers…


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…

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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…

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EHI Live 2013 preview: A paperless NHS by 2018? Could it ever happen?

One of our health care partners, Cloud 2, will be joining Microsoft at EHI Live on 5-6 November, 2013.  Richard Smith from Cloud2 discusses here what the team will be showing at EHI Live.  Despite the advent of electronic communications and records, paper is still used extensively for communicating and recording information. However it is…

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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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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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