Microsoft in the Healthcare Industry - Consumer Health World video interview

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I'm back in the office after a two week Holiday break. 2007 is upon us, and I look forward to a very exciting year with the introduction of Windows Vista, Office 2007, and some of the first new solutions from our Health Solutions Group here at Microsoft.

Just before vacation, I attended Consumer Health World in Washington, D.C., where I had the opportunity to serve on a couple of panel discussions with other colleagues from global technology companies as well as some distinguished healthcare industry leaders.

In the conference exhibit hall I met up with longtime friend and colleague, Dr. Mike Magee. Dr. Magee is a prolific writer and blogger who hosts the popular Health Politics site sponsored by Pfizer's Medical Humanities Initiative. Dr. Magee asked me to sit down for a video interview to share some thoughts about healthcare information technology and Microsoft's role in the industry. We also touched on a variety of other topics including the future of blogging, consumerism in healthcare, what's new at Microsoft, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and more. You can link to the streaming video here.

The next two months will be busy with Microsoft healthcare executive forum events in Minneapolis, Austin, Kansas City, and New York. I will also be keynoting at the Dallas Health Industry Council annual meeting, and the Healthcare Price and Quality Transparency Conference in Las Vegas. Then of course comes one of this year's biggest events, HIMSS 2007 and MSHUG in New Orleans. Microsoft's Steve Ballmer will be on the podium this year at HIMSS. I hope to see you there.

Happy New Year!

Bill Crounse, MD         Healthcare Industry Director          Microsoft

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