Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Dell Looking to Electronic Medical Records for New Market

Austin Business Journal

Dell Inc. has formed a partnership with the American Medical Association to supply computer hardware and support to medical practices using the group's new electronic medical records platform, according to reports Monday.

The move is the latest in the Round Rock-based computer maker's efforts to diversify. Dell already provides computers, servers and storage hardware to hospitals and medical groups, and about half of the recently purchased Perot Systems Corp.'s business is from the health care industry, according to the Associated Press.

The service is being rolled out in Michigan initially and will be offered nationally by the end of the year. The AMA product also includes e-prescribing and laboratory services.

Doctor's groups are faced with meeting national deadlines to transfer patient medical records to digital format and AMA is one of many providing the service. Additionally, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act includes about $17 billion for hospitals and health care groups that adopt electronic medical records, beginning next year.

The Dell deal was announced during the first day of the annual health care technology conference hosted by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.