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Filed Under:Medical / Healthcare IT
Posts on Regator:368
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Archived Since:April 6, 2010

Blog Post Archive

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...(read more)

Wearable computers, biosensors and sanity

Announcing the Life Force 3000 Smartwatch —the fashion accessory that continuously monitors health status by sampling body temperature, heart rate, heart rhythm, respiration, blood oxygenation, and blood pressure. It furthermore will detect 24 critical...(read more)

A better together story for physician -patient satisfaction, Epic + Surface

How many times have I heard from my physician colleagues that their computer and electronic medical record are getting in the way of patient care. By that they mean, coming between them and their patients. If you have ever used a clinical workstation...(read more)

Still missing--price transparency in healthcare

A few weeks ago, I saw my primary care provider for a scheduled physical exam or what the health insurance industry now likes to call a “wellness checkup”. If you recall, a major selling point of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is that we are moving...(read more)

Did you miss the bus at HIMSS?

No, I don’t mean literally did you miss the bus. I don’t even mean did you miss the bus that was part of Intermountain Healthcare’s great exhibit at HIMSS. I mean more figuratively, did you miss the bus at HIMSS? It is easy to get lost at this mega show...(read more)

Looking for a “clinical grade” tablet computer? Get this special HIMSS14 deal on Surface Pro 2

Like so many of my readers, I’ll be hanging at the HIMSS meeting this week in Orlando. In fact, I’m winging my way there as I write this at 35,000 feet. I think half the people on the plane are on the same mission. When they announced early boarding for...(read more)

With Office 365, another reason to embrace the cloud in healthcare

How many times have you read an article about patient frustration over the fact that doctors won’t communicate with them by e-mail? Even though consumers can use e-mail to communicate with just about every other business organization these days, the practice...(read more)

My HIMSS prescription for basic survival and optimal enjoyment

So the big meeting( in Orlando this year) is just around the corner. If you, like me, have been attending HIMSS for many years before this, then you’ll know what to expect. It will be the best of times and the worst of times. You’ll leave with sore feet...(read more)

Is your tablet computer “clinical grade”?

If you’re a healthcare professional and you are thinking about buying a new tablet computer for work, here are some things I’d recommend you consider before selecting a new device. Perhaps the first question you should ask is this. Is the tablet I’d like...(read more)

Microsoft has a 12th man too, and it’s you!

Here in Seattle we are still pinching ourselves over yesterday’s Super Bowl blow out against the Denver Broncos. I don’t think even the most diehard Seahawks fans expected such a rout. It was long overdue for the Emerald City and I couldn’t be happier...(read more)

Develop a health app for Windows 8.1 and possibly change the world

I t’s been said that the world is being eaten by apps, applications that is. Whatever your need, it seems “there’s an app for that”. For those of us in healthcare, it is hard to escape the proliferation of apps. There are clinical reference apps, apps...(read more)

Do we need to re-imagine the electronic medical record?

The electronic medical record is here to stay. It would be foolish to think that the healthcare industry could ever go back to paper. Yet I know that the majority of my clinical colleagues aren’t especially happy with the electronic medical records systems...(read more)

Would you trade places with your physician?

I suspect many people would answer that question with, “Yes, in a heartbeat”! They might consider the perceived status, the opportunity to help others, and what is arguably a very good income. These and other reasons might make a person want to trade...(read more)

Advances in devices and clinical mobility, why Windows matters

In my role at Microsoft, I spend a lot of time in meetings with very senior healthcare executives and clinical leaders from all over the world. I frequently get asked, "What is the perfect computing device for doctors, nurses and others working in...(read more)

Do we need new vital signs for health?

The standard definition for vital signs is, “measures of various physiological statistics, often taken by health professionals, in order to assess the most basic body functions”. Another definition says vital signs are literally “signs of life”. Classic...(read more)

Microsoft Kinect Sensor applications in health and medicine

Rarely on HealthBlog do I share something that I haven’t written myself. However, from time to time I come across something from my colleagues at Microsoft that warrants breaking my first-person reporting rule. As I travel the world in my role as senior...(read more)

Windows 8 tablets get “tough” for healthcare

Last Friday I reported on some official cleaning guidelines for the Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 line of tablet computers. Knowing how to keep your tablet computer as clean as possible without damaging the device is important, especially when...(read more)

Starting 2014 with a cleaner (Surface) slate

As physicians, nurses, clinical case managers, home health providers and others who work in health and healthcare have discovered, the slate tablet computer is becoming a preferred device for busy healthcare professionals. The slate tablet’s highly mobile...(read more)

Is your health organization prepared for accountable care?

As healthcare transforms from a volume-based service to one that is more value-based, and “accountable care” becomes the focus for hospitals, clinics, and other providers, it will be absolutely essential to take a more holistic view of community health...(read more)

Why 2014 should be a very good year for consumer & enterprise health IT

It seems that much of the US is mired in snow and ice this week. Even here in the Pacific Northwest where winter temperatures tend to be somewhat moderate, we have had an entire week of temperatures well below freezing. There’s even a hint of snow in...(read more)

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