The Kaiser Permanente healthcare organization will purchase as many as 106,000 computers from Dell Computer Corp. as part of its $1.8 billion plan to automate clinical record keeping across its entire enterprise, Dell officials say.
Round Rock, Texas-based Dell said Tuesday that it signed a three-year contract to serve as the primary computer supplier to Kaiser, which operates 423 medical offices and 29 hospitals in nine states plus the District of Columbia.
Kaiser, of Oakland, Calif., has agreed to purchase up to 95,000 Dell OptiPlex desktop computers and 11,000 Latitude notebook computers. Dell also will provide installation, integration and support services for Kaiser's 11,400 physicians and 126,000 technical, administrative and clerical employees.
The announcement comes six weeks after Kaiser, a not-for-profit network of health plans and integrated healthcare delivery systems, selected Epic Systems Corp. of Madison, Wis., to create electronic medical records for Kaiser's 8.4 million enrollees.
Kaiser turned to the commercial EMR market after scrapping a 10-year effort to develop a homegrown system in its Colorado region, then roll out the technology across its six other operating regions.
A Kaiser spokesperson was not immediately available for comment on the Dell contract.