07 Apr Dell aims to grab more health care dollars
Dell joined a growing chorus of IT companies trying to grab a bigger slice of the market for digital health care records.
The computer maker announced a series of partnerships on Monday aimed at bolstering its health care chops. At the high-end, the company announced a strategic alliance with Perot Systems aimed at selling to hospitals, health systems, and physician practices. At the low-end, Dell said Sam’s Club will start selling a system for doctors to manage their records electronically, combining Dell hardware and software from eClincalWorks.
The announcements come at the start of a healthcare technology trade show this week in Chicago. The show is drawing particular attention this year because of the billions of dollars in federal stimulus money being targeted at the digitization of medical records.
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, which is putting on the conference, said its annual survey found that implementing electronic medical record and computerized order entry systems was the top IT priority for hospitals and other large healthcare providers. In its survey, it found less than half–41 percent–of those surveyed have even one facility with a fully functioning electronic medical record system. That is up from 32 percent two years ago, however.
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