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Dell Solutions Help Hospitals Manage Proliferation of Data, Mobile Devices – #HIMSS12

– Dell’s cloud-based medical archive – one of the largest in the world – to simplify image management/sharing for Siemens

– Hospitals turn to Mobile Clinical Computing to secure information and manage proliferation of mobile devices

ROUND ROCK, Feb. 20, 2012 — As hospital IT departments strive to manage an explosion of digital medical data – including electronic medical records, diagnostic images and a host of related applications – they are being challenged by clinicians to adopt mobile solutions that allow access to data at the point of care while protecting it from unauthorized use. The proliferation of consumer-grade devices, such as smartphones and tablets, in the healthcare setting only adds to the complexity.

Dell will demonstrate its latest healthcare solutions – including Unified Clinical Archiving (UCA) and Mobile Clinical Computing (MCC) – at the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2012 Annual Conference and Exposition at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Feb. 20-24 (Booth #3607).

Cloud-based Archiving

Since acquiring InSite One in December 2010, Dell has developed a complete clinical archiving solution that enables easy and secure data retrieval and sharing for the clinician, while simplifying IT management and maintenance overhead with a variety of storage options. Global expansion and a new alliance with Siemens will extend the reach of Dell’s UCA solution and cloud-hosting capabilities into new markets in 2012.

Dell and Siemens have forged an alliance to deliver a cloud-based vendor-neutral image archiving and sharing solution. Under the agreement, Siemens will incorporate Dell’s clinical data management software into its Image Sharing & Archiving (ISA) solution. In addition, the Dell Cloud Clinical Archive will provide redundant archiving support for Siemens Healthcare Cloud Computing Center. The two companies will collaboratively market the joint solution.

Beginning in the late first quarter of 2012, Dell plans to offer its cloud-based medical archive platform as part of its UCA solution in the United Kingdom, supported by the new data center located in Slough. Cloud-based medical archiving is scheduled to be available to healthcare providers in France and Germany later in the year. Several European hospitals already have been using Dell’s On-Premise Clinical Archive featuring the DX6000 platform as part of a pilot study.

The Dell Cloud Clinical Archive is now managing more than 68 million clinical studies, nearly 4.8 billion diagnostic imaging objects and supports more than 800 clinical sites in one of the world’s largest cloud-based clinical archives. Growing at a rate of more than a million new studies under management each month, the archive will soon surpass the 5 billion mark, making Dell one of the largest healthcare cloud computing service providers in the industry.

Dell recently attained ISO-13485 certification for its cloud-based image archive operations. Achievement of this globally recognized quality standard demonstrates a commitment by Dell to provide healthcare solutions and services that consistently meet the most stringent industry requirements.

Mobile Clinical Computing

Dell’s MCC solution, introduced just three years ago, has seen significant gains over the last year as hospitals seek to make information more accessible for clinicians while adhering to privacy and security regulations. Of particular concern is the proliferation of consumer-grade devices in the healthcare setting.

According to the HIMSS 2011 Mobile Technology Survey, 97 percent of respondents indicated that clinicians at their organizations accessed information using a mobile device, yet only 38 percent noted that their organization has a mobile technology policy in place that regulates use of mobile devices and outlines the organization’s mobile strategy. [1] Healthcare data breaches increased 32 percent from 2010 to 2011 and cost the industry $6.5 billion, according to a study by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by ID Experts. The three leading causes of data breaches in healthcare are lost or stolen equipment, errors by third parties and employee mistakes. [2]

Designed to improve clinician efficiency without compromising security, Dell’s MCC solution combines desktop virtualization, single-sign-on and strong authentication technologies with expert consulting, implementation and support services. By storing information in the data center – not the endpoint device – MCC helps reduce the risk of lost or stolen data and simplifies HIPAA compliance.

The solution also increases clinician productivity. Findings of MCC pilot projects at 10 European hospitals demonstrate that medical professionals can reclaim up to three hours a week for patient care by improving access to patient information and reducing application access time by an average of 83 percent. The time savings adds up to approximately $15,000 in annual productivity gains for each medical professional. [3]

Dell at HIMSS12

Dell will showcase its solutions and services for healthcare providers at the 2012 Annual Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2012 Annual Conference and Exposition, Feb. 20-24, at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas (Booth #3607). Dell will also participate in the Interoperability Showcase (booth #11000, Hall G) to demonstrate the UCA cloud archive capabilities as well as Dell Cloud Clinical WebAccess.

In conjunction with HIMSS12, Dell will host a Healthcare Think Tank on Feb. 22, 6-8 p.m. PST. Dell has invited industry thought-leaders to take part in an interactive discussion exploring the challenges and opportunities on the path to information-driven healthcare. Join the conversation via live stream or follow on Twitter at #DoMoreHIT


“Dell is committed to simplifying access to information for clinicians, whether through secure mobile solutions or long-term storage and sharing platforms,” said James Coffin, Ph.D., vice president and general manager, Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences. “We’re pleased to be working with an industry leader like Siemens to create new channels for archiving solutions tailored to meet the unique needs of our customers.”

“Imaging departments face significant cost pressures and, as a result, administration must look for ways to optimize productivity while, at the same time, lower the cost of maintaining imaging archives,” said Kurt Reiff, vice president, business management, SYNGO Americas, Siemens Healthcare. “The ISA provides archiving for DICOM and non-DICOM imaging as well as non-imaging data, making it possible to store almost any type of digital file. This approach allows customers to save on the cost of storing data and also allows them to save on the cost of resources, presenting a complete cost of ownership picture, allowing customers to plan their investments accordingly.”

“Creating and managing a clinical mobility capability is a significant priority for healthcare providers. Integrating patient information, imaging and applications at the point of care creates real opportunities to improve the quality of care while eliminating medical errors, reducing cost and improving outcomes,” said Scott Lundstrom, group vice president, IDC Health Insights. “By offering integrated cloud services, image archiving and a mobile computing infrastructure, Dell has created an attractive option for customers deploying mobile clinical capabilities.”

About Dell

Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. As the leading provider of healthcare IT services in the world, Dell helps healthcare organizations harness the power of information to simplify administration; coordinate and manage patient care; transition from episodic care to prevention and wellness management and ultimately to deliver personalized medicine. For more information, visit

February 20, 2012 I Written By

Dell Dives into mHealth with Mobile Clinical Computing Solution

Mobile Clinical Computing (MCC) for Meditech is based on a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) that is designed for fast, flexible deployment of virtual desktops in hospitals and their extended communities. The design includes VMware vSphere(TM) and VMware View(TM) as well as servers, optimized storage, networking, and security in a reference architecture that can be tailored to meet customer needs.

From hardware to hospitals, tech juggernaut Dell is diving into the mobile health space with a new venture few had anticipated.

Dell is launching a Mobile Clinical Computing (MCC) solution for hospitals and health care organizations that use the Meditech Health Care Information System.

The solution, says Dell, will enable “a simplification and automation of IT operations.”

By delivering this technology solution for Meditech users – and its network of better than 2,300 hospitals, ambulatory care centers, physicians’ offices, and countless medical facilities – the MCC program represents Dell’s latest attempt, as Information Week reports, to explore new ways to offer technology to the healthcare sector.

Mobile Clinical Computing (MCC) for Meditech is based on a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) that is designed for fast, flexible deployment of virtual desktops in hospitals and their extended communities. The design includes VMware vSphere(TM) and VMware View(TM) as well as servers, optimized storage, networking, and security in a reference architecture that can be tailored to meet customer needs.

“One of the top pain points for virtually every healthcare CIO involves managing clinical and administrative desktops,” says Peter Stone, vice president and general manager of the Meditech Solutions Group within Dell Services.

“PC client issues strain otherwise carefully-deployed healthcare enterprise applications and can hinder adoption of advanced clinical software,” Stone says. “Deploying secure virtual desktops can resolve many of these challenges by utilizing VMware View(TM) to create a desktop and application design that simplifies and automates IT operations, while also reducing the risk of security breaches that plague local storage.”

April 18, 2011 I Written By

Dell Launches New Cloud-Based Services for Hospitals and Physician Practices

ROUND ROCK, Texas, Feb. 21, 2011 – Dell is delivering new cloud-based services to simplify secure information access and sharing for physicians and hospitals and improve healthcare efficiency from the point of care to the data center and business office. The service offerings are designed for hospitals and physician practices that want to focus less on managing information and more on using it to improve patient care and to maximize reimbursements.

The subscription-based cloud-enabled service solutions build on Dell’s integrated solutions for healthcare and include:

Archiving-as-a-Service. Dell’s Unified Clinical Archiving (UCA) solution is now available through the private cloud with Dell’s recent acquisition of medical archiving cloud leader InSite One.  Medical image data in North America is projected to grow more than 35 percent annually to reach nearly 2.6 million terabytes by 20141.  By consolidating and moving archiving to the cloud with flexible per-study pricing, hospitals reduce data storage and retention costs and free up resources for critical business objectives, thereby improving the delivery of healthcare. Importantly, Dell’s standards-based, cloud-enabled UCA service overcomes the chief barriers to image sharing — silos created when hospitals and hospital networks use multiple clinical applications such as Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS). Dell data migration services also simplify the transition to the private cloud for healthcare organizations while Dell’s recovery/backup solution ensures that information is managed safely and securely in support of HIPAA compliance and Protected Health Information protection. These secure, cloud-based Unified Clinical Archive services are available now.

Analytics and Reporting-as-a-Service. Dell is collaborating with Microsoft to develop a subscription-based analytics, informatics and Business Intelligence (BI) solution that will provide community hospitals with a consolidated view of patient information, helping further promote compliance with state and federal reporting requirements. The solution will combine Microsoft Amalga, a health intelligence platform, with Dell’s cloud infrastructure and expertise in informatics, analytics and consulting. Dell’s solution will provide hospitals with a Quality Indicator System (QIS), which goes beyond the CMS-required metrics to deliver advanced alerts and reduce the likelihood of missing metrics. The QIS will capture data as a patient enters the hospital, determine which quality measures may apply to the patient, and enable the hospital to track and measure compliance to those quality metrics throughout the patient’s stay.  It will also simplify quality-of-care reporting required by Medicare and Medicaid for maximum reimbursement.  The offering will mark the first time the Microsoft Amalga platform will be available as a service, making its price point attractive to community hospitals that typically don’t have the purchasing power previously required for robust analytic and reporting tools.  These solutions will be available later this year.

Platform-as-a-Service. Dell’s MSite solution gives hospitals using MEDITECH access to the Health Care Information System (HCIS) software through the cloud. With MSite, Dell hosts MEDITECH applications in a state-of-the-art private cloud and provides technical and applications support, maintenance and disaster recovery at a predictable monthly cost. MSite also allows hospitals to more quickly and cost-effectively upgrade to newer versions of MEDITECH by alleviating upfront investment and ongoing maintenance costs associated with running the platform onsite. Dell’s MSite solution is available today.

To simplify and secure access to clinical information at the point of care, Dell, in collaboration with MEDITECH, has developed a virtual-desktop solution for MEDITECH hospitals known as Mobile Clinical Computing (MCC) for MEDITECH. The virtual desktop reduces PC management costs, provides for full single sign-on and session mobility, and eliminates the need for local storage, thereby reducing the risk of data loss or security breaches. Dell is helping MEDITECH and its hospitals simplify application management and scale performance with virtualization and private cloud computing. Dell’s virtual desktop solution for MEDITECH users is available today, and demonstrations will be available in the Dell and VMware booths at HIMSS.

EMR-as-a-Service. Today, Dell’s private cloud hosts EMR and practice management software for more than 40,000 clinicians as a part of its integrated EMR solution for hospital-affiliated and employed physicians.

Dell’s open, capable and affordable cloud solutions for the Virtual Era extend from virtualization of IT resources to the deployment and use of private or public clouds. Dell’s cloud solutions portfolio is designed to help customers maximize IT investments and efficiently scale their computing infrastructure to meet dynamic business and information demands. Additionally, Dell’s recent purchase of SecureWorks, a world-class Security-as-a-Service provider, creates the foundation for Dell solutions that incorporate security into all aspects of how customer applications and data are deployed and managed. The Dell cloud solutions portfolio includes cloud consulting services; software-as-a-service; platform-as-a-service; infrastructure-as-a-service and servers and storage optimized for the cloud.

Dell is bringing the scaling and efficiency advantages of the cloud to its healthcare customers today. Customers such as Saint Barnabas Healthcare System are capitalizing on its advantages.  InSite One’s InDex vendor neutral archive connects Saint Barnabas’ six hospital system into a single, enterprise-wide, long-term data cloud storage solution by consolidating data silos into a secure, easily accessible archive for the entire Saint Barnabas Health Care System.


“InSite One’s long-term archiving solution allows Saint Barnabas to connect all the hospitals in the system with the ability to share data by simplifying our IT infrastructure for the first time through consolidation and automation, preparing us for any future requirements,” said James Wortman, Corporate Director of Enterprise Imaging & Cardiovascular Information Technology & Services for Saint Barnabas Health Care System.

“Community hospitals and physician practices are less likely to meet meaningful use timelines if they rely solely upon onsite implemented solutions. Remote Hosting, SaaS and cloud-based services offer pragmatic alternatives that can rapidly accelerate an organization’s time to value,” said John-David Lovelock, Research Vice President for Healthcare, Gartner.

“The cloud puts the emphasis where it should be for every medical professional and medical facility — using information to care for patients and using information to improve the way we care for them,” said Dr. John Halamka, CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences Advisory Board member. “Small practices want to care for patients, not manage servers. The cloud empowers clinicians with low cost, high reliability solutions, enabling doctors to focus on the patient and not on the hardware in their office.”

“With the cloud, Dell is putting the emphasis where it should be for medical professionals and healthcare organizations—using information to improve care for patients and using informatics to improve the way we care for them,” said Jamie Coffin, Ph.D., vice president and general manager of Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences.

“Dell is delivering the integrated solutions that address gaps in the marketplace and information gaps in our healthcare system,” said Berk Smith, vice president, Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences Services. “We are providing innovative solutions through innovative delivery. The cloud provides the infrastructure that makes solutions-as-a-service possible so that healthcare organizations and care providers focus on how to best use patient information, not how to manage it.”

Dell and recently acquired InSite One will showcase healthcare solutions at HIMSS, Feb. 20-24 in booths #3401 and #2363. Connect with Dell during HIMSS on Twitter at @DellHealth.


About Dell

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1 ESG Research:  North American Healthcare Provider Information Market Forecast 2010-2015, Sept. 2010.

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February 21, 2011 I Written By

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