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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Health Care Reform is About Improving System Performance

I was asked to contribute to the sequel to the award-winning book, Paper Kills.  The New Edition (released just last week)  is called Paper Kills 2.0, How Health IT Can Help Save Your Life And Your Money.  In the Book, Newt Gingrich, Tom Daschle, and other national industry leaders explore the leading information technologies that…

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Change Agents at Work; Catalysts to Improve Our Health System

There are days that I love my job (not every day yet), and last week I had one of those special days.  I participated in the Forum for Sustainable Health, an event hosted by Arizona State University’s Biodesign Insitute with a bunch of incredibly smart people — all change agents in their respective areas — talking…

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Another milestone on the journey forward…

Over three years ago, we started on a journey — to empower consumers with tools to help make better health decisions and drive better health outcomes.  We believed that the simplest, easiest way to start was to give consumers their data in a secure and private way, and allow them to share it from provider…

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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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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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Connect Consumers with “Meaningful Use”

The current hot, behind-the-scenes, debate in HIT is around how “meaningful use” of HIT will be defined for purposes of the incentive payments provided in the HiTech portion of ARRA. Since there is a lot of money at stake and a lot of interested stakeholders, I am sure it will be an energetic debate. Hopefully…

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International Travelogue Part Two…

Last week, I continued my round the world itinerary visiting customers, partners, and governmental agencies.  I took an overnight flight from London to Bangkok on a Saturday—the plane was full, primarily of tourists taking advantage of what Thailand has to offer, despite the political turmoil.  My day started with a random act of kindness—receiving a…

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International Travelogue

After my visit to Washington D.C. and the U.S. Senate, I thought it might be instructive to visit other parts of the world to gain additional perspective on the challenges the global economic crisis is posing to health systems.  For the last five days, I have been in Western Europe visiting four different countries and…

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The Truth About Health IT Standards – There’s No Good Reason to Delay Data Liquidity and Information Sharing

David C. Kibbe and Peter Neupert Now that the Obama administration and Congress have committed to spending billions of tax payers’ money on health IT as part of the economic stimulus package,  it’s important to be clear about what consumers and patients ought to expect in return—better decision-making by doctors and patients.  The thing is,…

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