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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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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Health Affairs event and special issue on Health IT

Today I spoke at a very well attended Health Affairs event in Washington DC — originally designed (months ago in a different time warp in HIT light years) to discuss lessons learned by folks leveraging HIT in effective ways, along with the usual challenges, issues  and opportunities.   Naturally the discussion was hijacked by the implications,…

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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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Message to Washington — It’s all about Outcomes

Yesterday, I testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, otherwise known as HELP.  You can see a video of my testimony here.   Before getting to the substance, I need to highlight how I continue to be awe-inspired about how our government works — in a positive way.   Any body can walk into…

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Three Seattle Health Conferences in One Week!

Last week was the HealthVault Solutions conference held by my team.   The metrics were great — lots of new applications launched and partners signed, attendance oversold, 600 people, 285 different organizations etc. — but the story is not in the numbers.   What excited me was the energy in the room — the passion of the…

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