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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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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A New Place for Health Care Policy Debate

About a month or so ago, the Washington Post launched their new Health Care Rx blog, and I was asked to participate as a panelist.  Every Monday, questions are sent out, and a variety of “experts” from across the health care industry respond.  It provides a great snapshot of the many different perspectives that exist.   …

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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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Interesting week of interactions

It has been an interesting week for me, participating in three different events in the last seven days.  With HIMSS at the beginning of the April — it has been a real opportunity to get a snapshot of what folks are thinking, planning and worrying about in these hyper-active times of HiTech and health reform….

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History Doesn’t Have to Repeat Itself

(cross-posted on Microsoft on the Issues)   My family and I just got back from a vacation in Mexico, so the news that’s on everyone’s mind—the spread of H1N1 Influenza A—is weighing even more heavily on me.  With the media hype machine driving minute by minute coverage, it’s hard not to think about devastating epidemics and…

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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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