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  • Agreement will accelerate adoption of VNA technology and digital migration of clinical content by NHS trusts through simplified procurement processes while giving trusts a broad choice.

Dell the #1 Healthcare IT services provider Worldwide[1] announced today that it is providing a vendor-neutral archive through the NHS Supply Chain Framework for Lot 4 Vendor Neutral Storage, Lot 5 Data Migration Solutions and Lot 6 Off-site Storage Hosting Solutions. This framework agreement provides NHS trusts with the ability to purchase proven VNA technology and data migration solutions from leading providers without the need for a complex tender process saving time and money.

By simplifying the purchasing process, NHS trusts will be able to more rapidly implement enterprise-class clinical content management systems, unlocking patient information held in disparate data silos. The Dell Unified Clinical Archive (UCA) solution improves interoperability between healthcare information systems and clinical applications, creating a more fluid and collaborative environment and moving valuable data to the point of patient care, allowing clinicians to make more informed decisions and diagnoses at the bedside or remotely.

Dell is also pleased to be on Lot 3 of this framework for X-ray workstations. Dell’s Precision line of workstations were designed with input from doctors and clinical researchers for highly precise, fast image processing which supports quality patient care.

The Dell UCA solution has the capability to accept clinical content from any department or proprietary information system (DICOM and non-DICOM formats), storing it securely and serving it up to healthcare providers for better collaboration on patient care, regardless of location. The solution provides XDS/XDS-I interoperability across multiple disparate systems, supports multi-hospital integration and simplifies IT administration by creating one master archive that is patient-centric. The Dell UCA solution can be deployed centrally or regionally, and gives NHS trusts future flexibility and choice in selecting technologies that support clinical and patient needs without creating “vendor lock-in”.

IT costs are also reduced through the use of Web-based clinical collaboration portals and a standards-based approach to integration with enterprise systems.

Prior to the NHS framework, the process for attaining VNA and data migration services was a complicated tender process, with each individual trust needing a lengthy investment when it came to implementing a long-term clinical data archive solution. Trust employees had to commit a significant amount of resources to evaluating and purchasing the technology. Today – through the NHS framework - it is much easier to acquire proven VNA technology and initiate clinical data migration with greater speed and more confidence.

Dell’s standards-based, metadata aware storage platform for fast, enterprise-wide clinical data access assures future IT compatibility and better patient care through simplified clinical collaboration. We are excited to invite key NHS staff to ask questions on this framework at the first of its kind NHS supply chain framework exhibition on April 23rd, 2013. The objective is to bring together key decision makers from trusts with suppliers, so mark the date in your calendar now. For more information on the exhibition, please contact: medicalit@suppltychain.nhs.uk

Dell’s global presence in healthcare is expanding with recent UCA customer growth in the United Kingdom, Germany and South Africa. Dell has extensive experience in rolling out PACS across the London LSP cluster and working closely with the NHS supply chain besides supplying the storage infrastructure for the Wales PACS programme. Dell’s continued efforts to bring cloud-based medical image archiving to the UK highlights the company’s commitment to delivering proven, secure, flexible data management options to improve patient care around the world.

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“Effective clinical care relies on data being readily available at the point of treatment, and this is impossible without infrastructure that is open, standards-based and highly flexible in order to support interoperability and collaboration,” said Claire Vyvyan, Director and General Manager - Public Sector at Dell. “Through our partnerships with market leading software providers we deliver proven, vendor-neutral medical image archive and data migration solutions to healthcare customers across the globe so they can provide better patient care and save precious time and money.

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[1] Dell is ranked #1 IT Services for Healthcare Providers, based on 2011 revenue.
Gartner, Inc., Market Share: IT Services, 2011, Kathryn Hale et al, April 9, 2012