Why Technology is Important in Health Care

In previous posts related to health care, I've talked about better patient care and E-prescribing. In this post, I wanted to talk more broadly about the role technology can play in health care. The work of Dell, Allscripts and the other partners in the National E-Prescribing Patient Safety Initiative is one example of collaboration among companies to enable technology adoption in health care. This sort of cooperation is critical to enable technology integration across the health care ecosystem and among medical tools and devices.

Hospitals and caregivers have hundreds of applications and devices, many of which can’t share information. Think of cell phones as an example—imagine if the different brands of phones and service carriers weren’t able to talk to each other. That’s often the state of connectivity among devices in health care.

Leadership within the industry and the government can drive an overall commitment to standards. Dell works with many other companies as part of the Continua Health Alliance, an organization dedicated to interoperability of health care devices. Interoperability standards that allow independently manufactured products to work together enables improved quality of care, improved efficiency, reduced errors and lower costs.

Dell has been committed to a standards-based approach to technology and believes this methodology can be applied successfully in health care. Part of Dell’s approach to driving standards in health care is collaborating with leading healthcare technology providers to bring complete solutions to customers that integrate hardware, software, services and devices. Dell’s work with GetWellNetwork is one example of this type of collaboration that benefits patients. Through the interactive patient care system developed by GetWellNetwork, run on standard Dell hardware and deployed by Dell services, hospital patients can access education, communication and entertainment tools designed to improve their hospital stay and also make the delivery of care more efficient and consistent for caregivers.

Dell has broadened our focus on health care and life sciences because ultimately, technology can help manage cost and efficiency and improve patient care. Here's the third and final vlog with Glenn Tullman, CEO of Allscripts, where he discusses how we're working with them to broaden technology adoption across the health care industry. If you have ideas on what Dell can do to further the integration of technology and health, would love to know your thoughts.

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