Neupert on Health has moved!

The leadership for the new Microsoft/GE joint venture is getting firmly in place and as noted in my last post, I have now transitioned to be a consultant/contractor. I remain focused on the intersection of information technology and health to improve health around the world; if you want to follow my ramblings going forward –…

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A New Chapter

Yesterday we announced an exciting new chapter in the Microsoft in Health story. Microsoft and GE Healthcare (GEHC) are forming a joint venture – with equal investment from each ‘parent’ – that will offer advanced IT solutions to healthcare organizations. Microsoft’s vision for health has always been ambitious – ‘Improve health around the world, through…

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Making Sound Decisions in Health

In past blogs, I have frequently discussed the need for the consumer to be a more active participant in the health ecosystem. I passionately believe the citizen/consumer has to be accountable for their many personal health decisions – such as lifestyle, smoking, nutrition, activity levels and the like. It is simply not right or fair…

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

Today, I had the honor of participating in a Consumer Health IT Summit at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC. It was great to see health IT stakeholders coming together to help drive the industry toward a more patient-centric health system, and I applaud the leadership at HHS and ONC –…

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Better Care at Reduced Costs? A Real-Life Example!

The results of a recent peer-reviewed study conducted by Humana Inc. and Wisconsin Health Information Exchange (WHIE), a long-time Amalga customer, are both exciting and important. They’re exciting because the results begin to prove what many people involved with health information exchanges have long theorized –  that providing a more complete view of a patient’s medical…

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HealthVault — We’re Still Driving Forward

This blog was also posted on the Microsoft News Center. Following the Google Health announcement, a number of people have questioned whether Microsoft will continue to develop HealthVault without another vendor like Google to ‘compete’ against. The reality is that we’ve always viewed the status quo as our biggest competitor and Google as an ally…

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The "Economic Imperative" – Healthcare Delivery Must Be Transformed

Last week I participated in our fourth annual Connected Health Conference, held in Chicago. At this event we get together with hundreds of customers, partners, policy makers, and thought leaders from across the industry to talk about what’s going on in healthcare today – and what’s next. A highlight of the conference for me was…

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HIMSS 2011: We’re Not So Crazy After All

I spent most of this week at HIMSS in Orlando – a conference I’ve attended every year since 2006 – which gave me an opportunity to reflect on the significant changes I’ve seen in the healthcare industry over the last few years. Four years ago at the HIMSS in New Orleans, Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer,…

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Connected Health: Bringing Patients and Physicians One Click Closer

Almost two years ago on this blog, I issued a call for ‘data liberation’ – emphasizing that the free flow of health data should be the foundation for realizing a future of secure, personalized, data driven medicine.  A year later, I discussed the concept again as we began to see the idea of ‘meaningful use’…

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“Partnering for Cures” to Advance Personalized Medicine

I think we all would agree that finding cures and improved treatments options for cancer are a moral imperative. They will have a dramatic impact not only for those fighting the disease, but also for the families, friends, healthcare providers, and other caretakers that support them in their battle.   Personalized molecular medicine provides a…

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