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Just today we announced the expansion of HealthVault in China, specifically in the Jiangsu province of Wuxi. This is definitely a big step in the international expansion of HealthVault outside of the United States and joins the other international deployments in Canada (doc), Germany and the UK.

Microsoft Corp. and iSoftStone Information Technology (Group) Co. Ltd. have signed an agreement that enables iSoftStone to introduce Microsoft HealthVault technology to the Chinese market. HealthVault, a personal health application platform, enables individuals to store and manage their health information in a personal, online account. Initially focused on Wuxi, in the province of Jiangsu, the vision of the Microsoft-iSoftStone relationship is to enable citizens to connect to various health systems and services run by government organizations, physicians, hospitals, pharmacies and even fitness facilities for a comprehensive view of their personal health information. iSoftStone will be the exclusive operator of HealthVault in Wuxi and will develop and offer the HealthVault-based services to developers, application providers and device manufacturers to provide citizens with tools that will help foster dynamic, trusted and personalized healthcare.

Check the rest of the press release online.

iSoftStone Signs Agreement With Microsoft to Develop Citizen Health Solutions in China Using HealthVault: Digital health innovation center is first step of a joint healthcare effort in Wuxi, China.



Well, this is at least a partial excuse for my absence from this blog :-)

Today we announce the acquisition of Sentillion, Inc demonstrating again Microsoft’s level of commitment to the healthcare industry.

Many of you reading this are familiar with Sentillion and this acquisition is the culmination of years of successful partnership between the two companies. Our primary goal with the acquisition is to make it easier for healthcare professionals to deliver better patient care by streamlining access to multiple IT applications and patient data by combining Amalga UIS and Sentillion’s solutions for single-sing-on and context management.

So far we have received excellent feedback and I am really excited about the Sentillion folks joining the ranks of the Health Solutions Group and Microsoft.

For more detail please have a look at the press release.



Connected Health ConferenceThe HealthVault Solution Conference that we did last year has evolved into a broader event that includes more of the solutions that Microsoft has to offer in Health.

The Connected Health Conference will be held on June 10-12 in Bellevue, WA and we’re going to feature a lot of content both around Amalga UIS and HealthVault and an exceptional lineup of speakers including David Kibbe, Governor Michael Leavitt, Uwe Reinhardt, Mark Smith and Peter Neupert. Lastly we’re going to have a few surprises in store both for HealthVault and Amalga UIS, so make sure you rush and register, we have limited space available and we expect a lot of people!



Recently we worked with Gartner Group on a webcast outlining the issues that healthcare provider organizations face when it comes to data integration and how solutions such as Amalga UIS 2009 can help address these issues and provide organizations with more tools and better ability to view, analyze and act upon information that they already own, but rendered inaccessible by the silos in which it’s locked.

The twenty minute long webcast features: GG’s Dr. Tom Handler and Vi Shaffer, two of our customers Brad Kappalman and Dr. Mark Smith (Medstar WHC) and Kim Pemble (WHIE), Jon Handler and Peter Neupert.

The webcast is available at this address. Enjoy!



Amalga UIS 2009Ok, I have been to a few HIMSS with Microsoft now, but I must say that this one, by all means exceeded my expectations.

We had two days of in-depth training with our field before the show and that was great. All the content was spot on (at least from my perspective :-), we had a great representation from across the company and an awesome session with two of our current customers.

The show was the busiest for Microsoft in all the 8 years I have been at HIMSS. I was there most of the time and I literally did not have the time to shut up for more than 2 minutes. I talked to our current customers about the new release for the product, prospect customer about the value of Amalga UIS and how that can be used to help address their problems and potential partners about what opportunities exist for them on Amalga UIS. All the demos rocked and the booth design was absolutely great.

The great thing was the response we got from the people there. Many heard about the product before or were referred by a friend or person they knew. It is amazing to see the difference one year makes in awareness. I must thank of course our customer for being great advocates and showing new and innovative uses for the product.

This is all happening before and while we announce two major pieces of news:

  • New York Presbyterian Hospital is the first Amalga UIS customer to connect Amalga UIS and HealthVault to provide their customers with online access and control over their health records with the mynyp portal. This leverages a feature of Amalga UIS that allows direct connection to HealthVault.
  • A new version of Amalga UIS is released to the market. This is the second major release of the product after the acquisition from Medstar in 2006. The product is also renamed from Amalga to Amalga Unified Intelligence System or Amalga UIS. This is to distinguish from our Amalga HIS product. The name Amalga stays and it’s meant to address the entire family of enterprise products: Amalga UIS and Amalga HIS

As part of the announcement we also announced three modules for Amalga UIS:

Each module has its unique value proposition, but each one of them leverages the ability for Amalga UIS to aggregate data in real time from multiple systems and present that in an amalgamated (pun intended :-) fashion. I will go into more detail for the modules in a future post.

We also released a new, improved version of the web site with more information and details about the product, in particular:

Other health groups at Microsoft have also been very busy and we released a new version of the Connected Health Framework – Architecture and Design Blueprint. Kudos to Teddy, Ilia and all the people that have contributed to this new version!

I look forward to share more of the exciting things we’re working on with you. Stay tuned!



We just issued a press release outlining some of the cool things that you’ll see at HIMSS 2009 from Microsoft.

At HiMSS09, the annual conference and exhibition for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Microsoft Corp. will showcase in its booth (No. 1232) new solutions designed specifically for healthcare providers, caregivers and patients, as well as partner and customer success stories


Microsoft will also be present at the Interoperability Showcase thanks to the work that Teddy is driving.

Also check for more detailed info.

Media Alert: Microsoft Showcases New Health Solutions to Enhance Patient Experience and Improve Operations at HiMSS09.

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This is the topic of my new blog post on HealthWorks Collective. Already received lots of traffic on Twitter and lots of views. Would like to see more about mobile standards in health care from Motorcycle Guy and others.



DeliciousI am glad that Delicious is still around and being enhanced. I have used it for years to organize and tag my bookmarks. Now with almost 1200 bookmarks and several hundred tags, I often search my links to find a resource for a presentation or article. Recent links include:

So while links may be low on the priority list in social media with many more dynamic and “sexy” like Twitter and Facebook, Delicious has its place and does allow followers, RSS feeds and other social media features.
So if you are interested in what I am working on, my Delicious  may give you a clue.



Like others (see Daniel Kraft) , I have my own opinions about what trends will be most influential for health IT in 2012.

  • Big Data and real-time analytics and decision support – IBM Watson and Explorys are in this space, others will follow and adoption will grow enabled by cloud computing, NOSQL/Hadoop and natural language processing
  • Continued focus on EMR adoption as more health systems pursue meaningful use. This will again be the main focus at HIMSS as well as other conferences
  • Social media in health care will continue to grow among patients as the e-Patient movement continues to gain in strength and public awareness and as advocates like the Reshape Innovation Center find creative uses to influence the future of health
  • Mobile health and apps usage will expand but what is needed is a way to integrate personal health information, such as, PHRs and apps that promote wellness and disease management. For health care professionals, apps and mobile devices need to be integrated into clinical workflow rather than being an adjunct or distraction
  • Research will be further enabled by EMR data as more academic medical centers develop data warehouses for research and quality studies and as initiatives like QueryHealth make it possible to combine data across systems and states using health information exchange and other tools

There are many more but these are the primary one’s I will be following.



There are many top 10 predictions for 2012 out there. I could probably add my own for eHealth and mHealth.
These 10 Business Intelligence Trends for 2012 from Tableau Software apply to healthcare as much as any business.




In addition to having a great year traveling and presenting, I had additional accomplishments:

  • Appointed as the Co-director for Biomedical Research Informatics for the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative, an NIH funded program through the Case Medical School
  • Joined the Editorial Board of Tech Now Briefs of the American Association of Medical Colleges
  • Invited to contribute to a theme issue on social media for Frontiers from the American College of Healthcare Executives
  • Became a featured blogger for HealthWorks Collective
  • Appointed as a reviewer for HIMSS 2012 abstracts – a new role for me
  • Authored chapter on eResearch to a book on medical informatics to be ePublished in 2012
  • Celebrated 30 years as an employee at Cleveland Clinic
  • Leading a project to develop a clinical data warehouse for research
  • Approaching 1000 connections on LinkedIn (969)
  • 2881 followers on Twitter
  • Klout score hovering around 42
  • Invited to be on the advisory board of a health related startup
Looking forward to more great opportunities in 2012.



It was a big year for traveling to conferences:

  • February – HIMSS Annual Conference in Orlando – spoke at the Social Media center twice and presented on a panel on social media
  • March – AMIA Clinical Research Informatics Summit in San Francisco. Two podium presentations (CKD Registry and REDCap business model) and two posters
  • April – attended TEDx Maastricht in the Netherlands and a side trip to UMC Radboud in Nimegen.
  • April – ACRT meeting (Association for Clinical Research Training) in Washington, DC – panel presentation on REDCap.
  • May – Patient Experience Summit at Cleveland Clinic with Enoch Choi presenting
  • June – consulting at a hospital in Michigan on data warehousing
  • September – Medicine 2.0 Congress in Palo Alto, CA. Poster presentation
  • October – American Association of Medical Colleges meeting on Big Data in Washington, DC
  • October – Clinical and Translational Science Awards Informatics meeting at the National Institutes of Health. Bethesda, MD – poster presentation
  • October – Panel at Case Medical School, Cleveland on Social Media in Clinical Trials
  • November – Senior Workers Conference in Minneapolis, MN – presentation on Social Media and Electronic Medical Records
  • December – Center for Health Services Research and Policy at MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, on Disease Registries using EMR Data
Most of these are posted on SlideShare. Looking forward to many opportunities in 2012 as well.
Next post – Accomplishments in 2011
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