Dell, AMA Team Up To Drive Health Care IT Adoption Among Physicians

Collaborate on new resource to help physicians with health information technology.

Dell Computer Inc. and the American Medical Association (AMA) said they are working together to help physicians adopt health care technologies such as electronic medical records, ePrescribing and laboratory services.

The AMA said it is constructing a resource, which it called an “information solutions platform,” to supply physicians with knowledge, products, services and tools to make it easier to adopt health information technology specifically designed to address their clinical and practice needs.

The organization said it will consult with doctors and other medical personnel to choose appropriate products and services and assist with implementation.

Dell said that its role in the collaboration is to help develop the model to boost the adoption of health care IT among physicians.

“We are proud to work with the AMA on this innovative new model for accelerating EMR adoption among independent physician practices,” said Jamie Coffin, Ph.D., vice president, Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences.

“With this platform, we are helping physicians adopt practical technical solutions in order to knock down barriers to the adoption and meaningful use of digital patient info across the healthcare system,” Coffin said.

The initiative extends to community-building for physicians to share information and better manage patient care, according to one AMA board member.

“We are not just connecting physicians with the tools and resources to run their practice, we are helping to create a community for physicians to share information and better coordinate and manage patient care,” said AMA Board Member Steven Stack, M.D.

The platform, which is currently being beta tested with the Michigan State Medical Society, is scheduled to debut later this year, the AMA said.

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