Bill Crounse, MD, is Worldwide Health Director for the Microsoft Corporation. He is responsible for providing thought leadership, vision, and strategy for Microsoft technologies and solutions in the healthcare provider industry. He is also responsible for working with industry partners and healthcare organizations to help them benefit from using Microsoft technologies and solutions as an essential platform for line-of-business applications in the healthcare industry. Dr. Crounse travels nationally and internationally to evangelize the use of information technology as a way to improve care quality and safety, and the satisfaction of those who provide and receive it.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Dr. Crounse was Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer for Overlake Hospital Medical Center and the Overlake Venture Center in Bellevue, Washington. He is also a founder of a company that worked in partnership with Microsoft to improve connectivity between physicians and their patients. In addition, Dr. Crounse was Vice President and CIO for Overlake Hospital Medical Center, a not-for-profit community hospital honored by Hospitals and Health Networks as one of the nations “most wired” and most innovative hospitals.
Dr. Crounse is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences and healthcare leadership events on the application of information technology in medicine and e-health initiatives. He is also an expert on the growing consumer movement in healthcare and employer perspectives and issues in the provision of healthcare benefits.
Dr. Crounse is known locally and nationally for his work in medical communications. He has written dozen of articles for www.microsoft.com/healthcare and is the primary contributor to Microsoft’s Health Blog http://blogs/msdn.com/healthblog/ . He has been a medical writer/editor for the Microsoft Corporation’s employee Intranet site, and was Medical Editor for KIRO-TV, Channel 7 (CBS) in Seattle. He has also served as a physician broadcaster and medical editor for KOMO-TV (ABC Seattle), ABC Network News (The Health Show), Lifetime Medical Television (Physicians Journal Update), The Discovery Channel, and Medical News Network.
Dr. Crounse, a residency trained family physician, is a graduate of the Medical University of Ohio. Prior to joining Overlake Hospital in 1995, Dr. Crounse was a physician and medical executive with Virginia Mason Medical Center and Group Health in Seattle.
Disclosure: Bill Crounse, MD is a Microsoft Corporation employee and Director of Worldwide Health.