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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Rush to Reform

    I haven't posted for awhile -- mostly because I have been busy with customers, development projects, and the impact of the economic crisis -- but also because I’ve felt that there has been so much noise and anticipation around the priorities of the incoming Administration that reading seemed more...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Before you finalize your Health IT shopping list

    The mad dash for health reform continues in earnest as stakeholders from all parts of the health ecosystem work to inform, engage and encourage the incoming Administration.   The need for reform is obvious and the dialog is positive -- I continue to worry that 'soundbite solutions' will get...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...