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Archived Since:April 6, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Hospital boards grapple with an uncertain future—what to do now?

Over the years, I have had many invitations to speak at hospital board retreats. This week, I spent Monday evening and part of Tuesday as the keynote dinner speaker for a health system retreat held in Port Ludlow, Washington. Accepting the invitation...(read more)

Dancing with the FDA, Jintronix Wins Milestone Clearance for Microsoft Kinect Gamified Rehabilitation Software

Back in June of 2012 I wrote about Swimming with the Sharks at the Microsoft Kinect Accelerator Demo Day and my experience serving as a mentor to some of the young companies involved in the Accelerator program. One of those companies was Jintronix out...(read more)

Health IT gets closer to the cloud in the mile-high city

The past few days I’ve been hanging out in Denver to speak at the annual GE Healthcare Centricity LIVE conference. I also had an opportunity to attend a number of meetings with GE executives and catch up with some of our joint customers and partners....(read more)

How to build sustainable models for Health Information Exchange. Put the citizen/patient at the center.

I enjoyed reading Anthony Brino’s surmise of US Health Information Exchange status in today’s issue of HealthITNews. As editor for HIEWatch and associate editor for Healthcare Payor News and Government Health IT, Mr. Brino is well positioned to have...(read more)

Delivering high quality healthcare—measure, improve, measure again

I continue to be amazed by the magical thinking that is swirling around electronic medical records. On one level, I completely understand it. A hospital or clinic invests tens of thousands, sometimes hundreds of millions, of dollars in electronic medical...(read more)

OneView--better integrated, more intuitive solutions for clinicians and patients.

Last November during my annual trek to Australia I told you about the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse at Sydney’s historic Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Lifehouse is a 240 million dollar independent, not-for-profit public benevolent institution providing comfort...(read more)

Ideas for sustainable health bloom in the Arizona desert

In light of rapidly aging populations, health systems worldwide are being confronted with a dramatic increase in lifestyle diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. As a result, health systems must...(read more)

Healthcare, you’ve been warned. Get ready to shake, rattle and roll

On March 14th, I published a HealthBlog post called Disrupting and Destructing Healthcare. It has been widely distributed around the web and has had thousands of views here on HealthBlog. In that piece, I argued for showing a little compassion to healthcare...(read more)

Hospitals and health systems refocus on core competency

What is the core competency of a hospital or clinic? Is it information technology (IT)? Should a healthcare organization employ large teams of IT specialists to manage e-mail, file, and storage systems? Shouldn’t the core competency of a hospital or clinic...(read more)

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)

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