Dell announced this week
that it is now offering a new Affiliated
Physicians Electronic Medical Records (EMR) offering. The
offering is a combination of software and hardware that makes it easy
for hospitals and small to medium size physician practices to move to
electronic heath records. Moving to electronic records is a key part
of the ARRA and the component with the most potential for difficulty
for medical providers without in house IT personnel.
hospitals and doctor offices are keen to move quickly to electronic
medical records in order to qualify for bonus payments available if
the transition is made by 2011. Electronic
health records are expected to be made available to everyone by
Dell VP of healthcare of Life Sciences unit Jamie Coffin
said, "In order to scale this thing in an effective way, you
have to have as little complexity as you can."
Dell's EMR offering allows medical practices to reduce upfront costs
with financing options that make repayment cheaper until the AARA
program funds are dispersed. The Dell solution includes hosted EMR,
practice management software, technology, assessment services,
installation, training, and performance and security tweaks along
with around the clock support.
The Dell system would be hosted
by a Dell partner or hospital allowing exchange of patient
information, which is required for ARRA funding. The Dell solution
will use a third-party medical software suite such as the one from
EWeek quotes IDC analyst Judy Hanover
writing, "This approach utilizes collaboration between Dell, EMR
vendors, hospitals and other partners to facilitate the delivery of
an integrated package of services, software and hardware. Providing
an integrated solution that is sponsored by a local hospital is
expected to allow providers to better address the non-financial
issues that are barriers to adoption."