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Filed Under:Medical / Healthcare IT
Posts on Regator:375
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Archived Since:April 6, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Norwegian teaching hospital uses Power BI for insights on care and cure

About five years ago, on one of my business trips to Europe, I had an opportunity to visit Oslo University Hospital in Norway. At that time, the hospital was nearing completion of an entirely new building. The doors to the new hospital were already open...(read more)

Dutch hospital monitors hygiene compliance with Windows 8 app

I’ll admit I’m a little partial to the Dutch. My father-in-law, now deceased, was a Dutchman. Hence we spend a lot of time in my family feeling a special bond with the Netherlands. I’ve also had the opportunity to visit Holland several times over the...(read more)

Cracking the code on Health Information Exchange. Is it time to wipe the slate clean and start anew?

Three related columns in HealthcareITNews caught my attention this morning. The headlines pretty much say it all: 1. Satisfaction with HIE solutions drops. 2.  Vendors missing boat on HIE needs. 3.  CommonWell names 3 biggest HIE hurdles...(read more)

Patient activation and the end of health insurance companies

Two noteworthy articles caught my attention this week. One was an article by Wall Street Journal columnist Laura Landro called, How Doctors Rate Patients. The other was a March 27th piece by Rob Garver in the Fiscal Times titled, Hospitals Plot the End...(read more)

Mobile health startups focus on wellness, service, safety, and analytics

Yesterday afternoon I had an opportunity to serve as a mentor for ten startup companies that are currently participating in an incubation program in Kansas City known as the Sprint Accelerator powered by TechStars. Companies were selected from entries...(read more)

Playing for better health with BioGaming

Have you ever hurt your back, had a sports related injury, suffered a strain or sprain, broken a bone, or had surgery? If so, you have probably experienced some form of therapy delivered by clinicians who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation...(read more)

Healthcare Innovation and Discovery in Eastern Canada

This week I’m traveling 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...(read more)

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)

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