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Filed Under:Medical / Healthcare IT
Posts on Regator:344
Posts / Week:1.5
Archived Since:April 6, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Amazing health tech in surprising places, a report from Baku, Azerbaijan

I f you live in a large, industrialized Western country and you don’t travel much outside your own borders, you may believe that high tech health IT exists only in countries like yours. If so, you’d be wrong. One of the most eye-opening things for me...(read more)

Focusing on “Care” as much as “Cure” in health around the world

Upon returning to Redmond from my keynote address at FutureMed in San Diego last week, I held an executive briefing on the Microsoft campus for a group of customers and partners who were visiting from Holland. As a former practicing physician and hospital...(read more)

A little slice of geek heaven at FutureMed 2013 in San Diego

As I sat in a tufted, white leather arm chair waiting for Dr. Daniel Kraft to introduce me for my keynote, I gazed across the audience. More than 300 of the brightest engineers, developers, academicians, scientists, and clinicians from around the world...(read more)

Big plans to improve health IT and healthcare in Alberta, Canada, and people who can pull it off

I’m sitting in an airport lounge waiting for my flight back to Seattle. It has been a whirlwind week of meeting with Microsoft customers and partners and with government leaders across Western Canada. We started our journey close to Seattle in Vancouver...(read more)

Oh Canada! Talking healthcare IT with my neighbors up north.

This week I’m traveling through Western Canada with some of my Microsoft worldwide health colleagues who are based in Canada. Along the way, we are meeting with customers, partners and government officials. We started our journey in one of my favorite...(read more)

Exergaming, breaking down the walls of social isolation while improving health

If you think video games are just for kids, tweens and teens, you’d be terribly wrong. That’s how I started a blog post last April examining how senior citizens were improving their health and sense of well being with Kinect, Xbox 360, and Microsoft HealthVault...(read more)

Improving clinical workflow and productivity. Are you focusing on the wrong things?

“Despite the billions of incentive dollars injected into the healthcare system to spur health information technology adoption and boost patient engagement, traditional forms of communication between provider and patient still dominate, according to a...(read more)

Failing Grade for Health IT in Medical School?

When I was in medical school, and even throughout my residency program, medical records were totally on paper. Patient charts lived in three-ring binders that whirled about on large carousels in the nursing station. Some of those charts were literally...(read more)

Vital patient information on the right devices at the right time and place

When I meet with clinical colleagues the conversation quickly turns to electronic medical records (EMR). I guess it would be no surprise to most of my HealthBlog readers that by and large, clinicians have a love-hate relationship with the EMR. While most...(read more)

Argh! Slow going on EMR adoption in Puerto Rico

This week I’ve been hanging out at the beautiful El Conquistador Resort in Puerto Rico to meet with customer and partners at the annual conference of the Puerto Rico Hospital Association ( Asociación De Hospitales De Puerto Rico ).  I also had the...(read more)

Partners for better healthcare through innovative use of IT

As my plane touched down at LAX last Friday a sense of Déjà vu rushed over me. I must have made that trip from Seattle to Los Angeles nearly five hundred times over my lifetime. Most of those round trips occurred during the decade that I hosted Physician...(read more)

Why accessible technology matters…… to all of us

What does the word accessible mean to you? You may first think of the word available. Something that is accessible is available, or perhaps within reach for you to use. However, just because something is available doesn’t necessarily mean it is accessible...(read more)

AirStrip and Microsoft team up to offer first and only Windows 8.1 mobile device cardiac care solution

Mobile health care leader AirStrip has announced the launch of AirStripOne Cardiology, the first and only mobile cardiac care solution to operate on all Windows 8.1 devices, including Microsoft Surface tablets. The announcement was made at the start...(read more)

Dermatology apps on a smartphone are no substitute for seeing your doctor

I’m compelled to use this platform to sound an alarm and draw added attention to something that has been of great concern to me personally. Today, CBS News published an article that reviews the accuracy of a growing number of smartphone apps that are...(read more)

How to measure what we cannot see in healthcare

These days it seems that everyone in healthcare is buzzing about big data and analytics, and no wonder. Transforming, if not reimagining, healthcare is going to take everything we’ve got. Achieving the triple aim of higher quality, better access and lower...(read more)

What’s not to like about saving money and using cool new devices in healthcare?

Last week I conducted an executive briefing for the CTO of a very large, multi-hospital system based in Asia-Pacific. I won’t reveal the CTO’s name or his company out of courtesy, but I will share something he said to me. He told me that by moving all...(read more)

Transforming the Experience and Delivery of Health Care at the Mayo Clinic

Although I have been to the Minneapolis area many times over the years to meet with Microsoft customers and partners, until yesterday I had never made it down to Rochester to visit the world famous Mayo Clinic. This was a special treat for me since I...(read more)

Clinical documentation—don’t underestimate the power of the pen

“The pen is mightier than the sword”, or so wrote author Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839 for his play Richelieu; Or the Conspiracy. To that I might now add, the pen (or rather the stylus) is mightier than the keyboard especially for discrete, form-based...(read more)

Business intelligence and health analytics for the rest of us

Business intelligence and clinical analytics (especially predictive analytics) are hot topics in hospital and clinic executive suites these days. And yes, I know these are also topics that cause eyes to glaze over for many of us who work in healthcare...(read more)

Opportunity knocks for healthcare delivery. Who will answer the door?

As the US economy improves and the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) begins to actually provide people with health insurance, experts are predicting a barrage of newly insured individuals to hit the healthcare system. Many pundits are expecting a bit of...(read more)

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