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    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...
  • 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...
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    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...
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    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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Healthy Debate

    I love the fresh debate about standards and the evolution of Health IT raised by the three Health Affairs articles. I agree wholeheartedly with the perspectives of Carol and Clay - and frequently reinforce these comments to customers, policy makers and audiences alike. It's about the patient -...
  • Blog Post: 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...
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    I am blogging to add my voice and perspective to the very important discussion of how to improve health around the world.    I believe software and communications can make both incremental and transformational improvements to the delivery of health care -- in developed and emerging countries...
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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: 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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...