Physician Nexus

Health and Healthcare Innovation Find a Home in Australia


Author: Bill Crounse, MD


Bill Crounse, MD, is Senior Director of Worldwide Health for the Microsoft Corporation. He is responsible for providing worldwide thought leadership, vision, and strategy for Microsoft technologies and solutions in the healthcare provider industry. He received his B.S. Degree at the University of Puget Sound and is a graduate of the Medical University of Ohio. As a board certified family physician, he practiced medicine in the Seattle area for 20 years.



This article could be useful for this specialty and I would like to share it with the said specialty members.


According to the author, "The Australian Centre for Health Innovation (CHI) serves as a simulation and test bed facility where health providers can experience and evaluate the latest technologies.  It also provides resources enabling innovators to demonstrate technological solutions that improve patient care.  The Centre features a fully isolated medical grade network which is the first of its kind in Australia.  This enables advanced equipment, software implementations and evaluations in a full health environment without any risk to patient safety or critical hospital systems.


Centre Technology Director, Frank Smolenaers, gave me a private tour of his facility prior to our event.  The Centre features an operating theatre, emergency department, hospital ward, and clinical office environments.  Each area has all the medical equipment you would normally find in a real clinical setting.  In some areas, high fidelity simulation mannequins add to the realism and the kinds of clinical scenarios that staff can experience there.  The Centre is a hotbed not only for innovation, but training."



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