The Cleveland Clinic and information technology company Dell are teaming up to offer medical groups and hospitals across the country an electronic health-record consulting, installation, configuration and hosting service based on the clinic's version of an EHR developed by Epic Systems Corp.
The collaboration between the Cleveland Clinic and Dell's Healthcare and Life Sciences unit was scheduled to be announced Monday at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society convention in Orlando, Fla.
Under the arrangement, an Epic EHR can be installed and run on computers at the client's site, or hosted remotely by Dell and delivered as software as a service, affording flexibility that is one key selling point of the venture, according to the partners.
Another is the Cleveland Clinic's expertise with using and optimizing the Epic system to suit a provider's needs.
“We've been doing it for privately practicing physicians for almost 3½ years,” Dr. C. Martin Harris, CIO of the Cleveland Clinic, said of its MyPractice Healthcare Solutions business, which has been extending EHRs to more than 400 providers, including physicians, nurse practitioners and midwives within a 50-mile radius of Cleveland. Data from these clinician customers has been warehoused at the Cleveland Clinic, and the practices have been billed monthly for the service. About 18 months ago, the health system also extended its EHR to a hospital about 70 miles away. Harris declined to name the hospital.