St. Joseph’s Hospital Health CenterMore small- to mid-size hospitals are using Linux to run key applications as they see the benefits of using open source versus proprietary platforms, including cost savings and improved interoperability. St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, a 431-bed hospital and health system in Syracuse, N.Y., turned to the DRIVE team for help in implementing Epic on Linux as part of a 16-month conversion of the hospital’s EHR system. Working closely with both the hospital and Epic, the companies are making the best use of St. Joseph’s current infrastructure and resources to build a test and training environment as well as preparing to deploy the full production system. In addition to training and planning assistance, the DRIVE team will provide ongoing support to fine-tune the system for optimal performance. “Using VMware and Red Hat Enterprise Linux to run Epic’s database on Dell’s x86 servers will not only significantly reduce hardware costs, but also will simplify our environment and allow our IT staff to focus on delivering the best user experience for our clinicians,” said Chris Snow, manager of IT systems engineering for St. Joseph Hospital Health Center. “We are confident that Dell and its partners have the deep experience required for this type of complex implementation.” Additional Quotes “Dell has a long history with both Red Hat Enterprise Linux and in supporting complex EHR implementations with hardware and related services and consulting,” said August Calhoun, Ph.D., vice president and general manager of Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences. “Through this alliance, we are poised to give customers - especially mid-size hospitals - greater choice and flexibility for meeting meaningful use requirements.” “Red Hat has a long history of providing open source mission critical IT Infrastructure environments to some of the largest healthcare entities and software vendors worldwide,” said Mark Enzweiler, vice president of Global Channels and Alliances, Red Hat. “Our expertise and robust technology coupled with the DRIVE Center of Excellence will provide Epic customers with world-class support. Open source software also enables organizations to enjoy a lower total cost of ownership, helping offset potentially rising healthcare costs.” “The new alternative of running Epic on Linux with the latest generation of Intel x86 servers meets the needs of mission-critical healthcare solutions,” said Rick Cnossen, worldwide director of health IT for Intel. “The DRIVE Center of Excellence provides hospitals with an efficient way to evaluate an open platform based on industry standards, with ecosystem expertise available for ongoing support.” “The news today underscores VMware’s passion and commitment to healthcare,” said Frank Nydam, healthcare CTO at VMware. “This partnership demonstrates how meaningful collaboration and technology can help transform the delivery of healthcare products and services. We are proud that VMware vSphere® can provide Dell and Epic with the performance and availability required to deliver always-on patient care services.” Learn more: Visit www.dell.com/healthcare or follow @DellHealth Dell at HIMSS13 Dell will showcase its end-to-end solutions and services for healthcare at the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2013 Annual Conference and Exposition, March 3-7 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. (Booth #4427, Hall F). Following HIMSS13, Dell will host a Healthcare Think Tank on March 19. 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 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 www.dell.com/healthcare. Dell is a trademark of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others.
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