Microsoft Office 2010—compelling value in healthcare

Message from Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer: Starting today, Microsoft Office 2010 is available in 240 countries, 10 languages, and over 35,000 retail stores worldwide. In the course of the next year it will be available in 94 languages and will ship on over 100 million new PCs. Office will also be prominently featured in our Microsoft-branded retail stores in the United States, will be available for purchase through our Microsoft online store, and can be downloaded as a trial version from 

imageYes, today is an important day at Microsoft. But what does it mean to you; a doctor, nurse, researcher, dietician, physical therapist, healthcare administrator or anyone else working in the healthcare industry? Whether you work in a small private practice, a large single specialty or multispecialty clinic, a hospital, an imaging center, a long term care facility, or community nursing service you’ll find a lot to love in Office 2010.

In an earlier post on HealthBlog, I pointed out how much I love some of the new features in PowerPoint. Like most physicians, I attend a lot of medical conferences. I’ve also taught students and done my share of clinical case presentations at grand rounds and other venues over the years. I’m also old enough to remember when we used 35mm slides and had an entire department at my hospital devoted to producing “slide decks” for busy doctors.

Today we can put powerful productivity tools into the hands of everyone who needs them. No, Microsoft Office 2010 doesn’t replace the need for an EMR. That is still something you need to do. And it doesn’t replace your hospital information system, although curiously enough I’ve visited hospitals in other parts of the world that run their entire operations on Windows and Office. But what Office does offer is a myriad of ways to create content, access and share information, crunch numbers, communicate and collaborate with colleagues, and basically help organize your life. In effect, it complements your EMR and HIS by doing so many of the things those applications don’t. And unlike your EMR or HIS, it won’t set you back a ton of cash. In fact, it may be one of the best bargains in software.

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So there’s lots to like about the newest version of Microsoft Office, including how it gives you the best of all worlds off-line, on-line and anywhere in between including while on the move with one of your favorite mobile devices. It’s beyond the scope of HealthBlog to go into great detail, but there’s plenty out there for you to consume. And if a picture is worth a thousand words, then I hope you’ll take a look at this video we’ve prepared to spark your imagination by showing you how health industry people just like you are using Microsoft Office 2010.

Bill Crounse, MD Senior Director, Worldwide Health     Microsoft

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