University of Colorado Health adopts Microsoft Office 365 for its data privacy and security commitment

Posted by Dr. Dennis SchmulandChief Health Strategy Officer, U.S. Health & Life Sciences, Microsoft On Wednesday, University of Colorado Health (UCHealth), one of the state’s largest healthcare providers, announced its migration to Microsoft Office 365, a decision that was made in large part due to Microsoft’s long-standing commitment to data security and privacy and because…

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Microsoft Public-Private Partnership Helps Seniors Get Healthy and Have Fun

Posted by Bonnie KearneyDirector, Trustworthy Computing Communications – Accessibility & Aging Los Angeles seniors are achieving and maintaining a more active lifestyle, improving their general health, and more safely managing their health data, thanks to a public-private partnership that includes Microsoft, the City of Los Angeles, the Partners in Care Foundation, and St. Barnabas Senior…

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Data Liberation is Great – Let’s Talk About What’s Next

Posted by Peter NeupertCorporate Vice President, Health Solutions Group, Microsoft Today, I had the honor of participating in a Consumer Health IT Summit at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. It was great to see health IT stakeholders coming together to help drive the industry toward a more patient-centric health system,…

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Liberate the Data Part II – Perspectives from Eclipsys and Microsoft on Health IT

Posted by Peter Neupert  Corporate Vice President, Health Solutions Group (Cross-posted from Neupert on Health) Peter Neupert, Corporate Vice President, Health Solutions Group It was just about a year ago at last year’s HIMSS (Health Information Management Systems Society) conference that I posted about the need to “liberate the data” within health IT systems – separating data from applications…


Microsoft and the FTC: A Continued Focus on Privacy

Posted by Frank Torres Director, Consumer Affairs On December 7, the Federal Trade Commission will host the first in a series of day-long roundtable discussions “to explore the privacy challenges posed by the vast array of 21st century technology and business practices that collect and use consumer data.” The goal of the sessions, according to the Commission, “is to…


A Critical Time for Health Care Reform and Health IT

Posted by Frank Torres Director, Consumer Affairs Washington, D.C. is always a busy place before Congress breaks for its summer recess.   But even for the nation’s capital, the amount of activity currently happening around health care is extraordinary. President Obama is expected to discuss health care in a press conference Wednesday night.   Health reform legislation is moving…


Connect Consumers with “Meaningful Use”

Posted by Peter Neupert Corporate Vice President, Health Solutions Group (Cross-posted from Neupert on Health) The current hot, behind-the-scenes, debate in Health IT (HIT) is around how “meaningful use” of HIT will be defined for purposes of the incentive payments provided in the high-tech portion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Since there is a lot of money…


President Obama’s Budget Boost for Science and Technology

Posted by Fred Humphries Managing Director, U.S. Government Affairs President Obama’s proposed $3.5 trillion budget does not lack for big ideas. And that’s good. Big ideas, especially in the areas of technology development and deployment, are just what we need. As Steve Ballmer told the Democratic Caucus last month, innovation must reclaim its status as the engine that drives our…


Microsoft Hails Senate Passage of Stimulus Package

Posted by David Bowermaster Administrator, Microsoft on the Issues If you’ve been reading this blog since we launched it last month, you’ve probably figured out that Microsoft is a big proponent of the stimulus package working its way through Capitol Hill. We have had one post highlighting the workforce development components of the proposal, and another examining the important science…


Consumer Trust Core to Health Privacy

Posted by Frank Torres Consumer Affairs Director Information about our personal health is arguably the most sensitive data we own.  From chronic conditions to medications to genetic makeup, our personal health information reveals intimate details about who we are, what we do, and what we may be like in the future.  As a result, ensuring its privacy…