Archive for August, 2008

As tropical storm Gustav approaches hurricane strength and heads toward the Gulf Coast, the IT lessons learned from the devastating Hurricanes Katrina and Rita that smashed New Orleans and other areas in 2005 are on the minds of many worried IT managers. Disaster recovery plans are critical in weather prone areas such as this. Even […]

It appears that Microsoft, noticing the success of the App Store from Apple, is set to launch its own app store for windows mobile platforms given a recent job posting on computerjob.com. The description states the senior project manager will ead a team that will “drive the launch of a v1 marketpace service for Windows […]

Intel Health PHS5000 is not the first implementation of an in-house health monitor but if I were to judge by the looks of the User Interface I would say this device may have some promise for monitoring one’s health at home so long as you stay home most of the time. Currently being trialed in […]

I had a great discussion with Dr. Bill Crounse, Director of Worldwide Health at Microsoft about their direction and focus on healthcare initiatives.  I’ve followed Bill’s blog for about a year and his insight into the ways Microsoft is innovating in healthcare is insightful.  He mentioned working with Robert Scoble, Microsoft’s former blogger extrodionare, and […]

Today’s keynote was given by Steve Aylward, General Manager, Health & Life Sciences for Microsoft Corp. He discussed how focused Microsoft is in the healthcare space and how they really see this as a long-term investment to which they are investing a large portion of their resources to this vertical. While he couldn’t disclose exactly […]

The keynote to start this years MS Health User Group tech conference focused on the possibilities of what can be done in healthcare. I’ll be reporting more this evening. I’m in a developer track now and will be hopping between the IT Pro and Informatics tracks.

According to a new study released by the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC), approximately 57% of American adults, or more than 122 million people, sought information about a healthcare releated topic.  The old addage of a digital divide is rapidly disappaearing as consumers across many different demographics are quickly seeking to become more […]

Spanish health authorities launched a virtual portal through Second Life designed to help young people too embarrassed to speak to a doctor about sexually transmitted disease or a drug problem. “This idea started as a way to connect real health professionals and adolescents and to give internet users a reliable space to get health advice.”  […]

Technology can offer a lot to help the quality of patient care but it can’t possibly provide oversight for all clinical safety activities.  After 17 babies got overdoses of the blood thinner heparin at a Texas hospital, a hospital-quality group pointed to the incident as one more reason to push for computerized systems for ordering […]

Telemedicine is starting to make inroads into more rural hospitals.  If a stroke specialist can see and hear their patient, zoom in on their pupils and facial muscles, and ask them questions, they are far more likely to offer the right advice. In fact, experts who examined patients with the web cam made the right […]


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