Dell Joins Throng of EHR Vendors

Computer hardware giant Dell has joined the fray of electronic health record (EHR) vendors. The Round Rock, Texas-based company announced Sept. 10 its new Affiliated Physician EMR Solution.

Dell’s Affiliated Physician EMR Solution is an EHR-related consulting services package designed for hospitals who want to sponsor compatible EHR for their affiliated physicians and for physicians looking for an economical EHR implementation solution.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 requires all hospital providers and physician practices to adopt an EHR system by 2015. The government is offering financial incentives to early adopters beginning in 2011.

“EMR has existed for nearly 20 years, but cost, complexity and other barriers have kept it beyond the reach of physician practices and many hospitals—the frontline of our health care system. The federal government has provided financial incentives and now it’s time for the industry to address other barriers. Dell has introduced one of the first, comprehensive solutions for hospitals and their affiliated ambulatory providers,” said Judy Hanover, IDC Health Industry Insights Analyst.

Early adopters of the Dell solution include Tufts Medical Center and Memorial Hermann. Sam’s Clubhas also partnered with eClinicalWorks and Dell to provide a turnkey EHR and practice management package.

Hospitals and affiliated physicians can go online to learn more about Dell’s Affiliated Physicians EMR solution.

To help physicians successfully adopt EHR, the Center for Health IT at the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) offers online tools for reviewing EHRs, connecting with other practices who have already implemented an EHR system, and more.


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2 Responses to “Dell Joins Throng of EHR Vendors”

  1. Terri says:

    Not that I have anything against Dell. I like Dell. But this sounds an awful lot like an advertisement to me.

  2. Marlene says:

    The rush for everyone to adopt these EMR packages is going to prove to be a disaster for many practices. Most offices do not have the knowledgable staff to run what they have now much less try and get a complex EMR system up and running. These programs will only be as good as the people
    using them. With all the requirements now for staff just do the daily work in an office the task of setting all this up is to much. Most vendors out selling the EMR have what is called a blended learning
    program and there is little on site training unless you pay out big bucks to have them there. Most of the training is done on line via teleconferences with a trainer and with clinic going on it is an impossible task to take on. Many physicians simply cannot afford this. Also most physicians know little about coding so to try and get them to change to selecting the right codes and modifyers will also be a challenge.
    Dell it looks like sees an opportunity to cash in on our federal governments promises to pay out incentive money. Think long and hard before doing it as the requirements for the incentive money are very complex and that hard earned money that is even harder to get now days may never materialize.

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