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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Liberate the Data Part II – Perspectives from Eclipsys and Microsoft

It was just about a year ago at last year’s HIMSS that I posted about the need to “liberate the data” within health IT systems – separating data from applications and making it available for reuse in different contexts.  What I said then holds true now.  For health enterprises and consumers, health data is a…

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A Milestone on Many Levels: Publishing a Joint Op-Ed with Google

Over a year ago, a dialogue started about the rules surrounding ‘meaningful use’ – and with anything like this, there are always lots of voices, lots of opinions.  Given our history, we were in the ‘faction’ of folks focusing on ensuring that consumers were at the center of this discussion – and along with us…

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New delivery models will solve the cost crisis

This week’s question for the Washington Post Health Care Rx blog was: Has Congress done enough to constrain long-term, health care spending growth? What cost containment strategies would you advocate pursuing? My response, New delivery models will solve the cost crisis, below: I was again reminded at last week’s Partner’s Connected Health Conference about how much potential…

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Learning from Singapore and Switzerland

So this week’s question from the Washington Post RX Blog was: Which country has the best health-care system and why? Can the U.S. follow its model? My response — Learning from Singapore, Switzerland — is below. To realize the goals of providing increased access while maintaining fiscal responsibility, we have to dramatically change how we…

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Reflecting on the healthcare system while waiting at the hospital for a loved one

Often when we talk about healthcare reform, it can be a rather abstract discussion — you watch some tv show with ‘experts’ reflecting on some 20 page bill or hashing through the merits of a public insurance option.  Last week, however, all the intellectual and abstract ideas were brought into something very personal for me and…

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The willingness to succeed is only exceeded by the willingness to prepare

After many long months of discussion and debate, the first draft of Meaningful Use has come out.  I’m optimistic about what I see — what’s been laid out seems to focus on driving real outcomes improvement in the health care system.  It’s important that we keep this in mind — that we’re not just trying…

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Aligning policy, technology, and business innovation – perspectives from the Connected Health Conference…

We’re just wrapping up our annual Connected Health Conference.  I wanted to share some insights and observations from the past three days.  We had 925 attendees representing 409 organizations — attendance more than doubled from last year, which is pretty amazing given that conference attendance is down all over the US…  At this year’s conference,…

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Signposts

I don’t normally blog about our products per se, but today marks an important milestone for Microsoft shipping solutions that are important signposts toward the future — the transformation of healthcare. The first is the launch of the Mayo Clinic Health Manager powered by HealthVault — the focus of this solution is to enable the…

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Tear Down the Walls and Liberate the Data

(cross-posted on Microsoft on the Issues)    In 1987, President Ronald Reagan gave one of his most well remembered speeches.  Few of us could forget his words to Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall”—proving to be prophetic when the German Democratic Republic announced the re-opening of the border in 1989, and the subsequent destruction…

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