February 22, 2011 – Dell introduced new analytics, archiving and business intelligence cloud services designed for data access and sharing between hospitals and physicians, and data center and business offices.

The subscription-based services partly rely Dell’s recent acquisitions of a medical imaging archiver and an IT as a Service provider, as well as a partnership combining Dell’s cloud infrastructure and Microsoft’s medical analytics.

The analytics, archiving and cloud platform services connect with Dell’s growing plan to provide more industry-specific solutions, says Jeffery Kaplan, managing director at consulting agency THINKstrategies.

“[T]his new offering is timely because of growing interest in Cloud-based alternatives to traditional on-premise systems and software among health care providers to reduce their operating costs and improve their effectiveness to better serve patients,” Kaplan says.

Included in the services are Dell’s Unified Clinical Archiving (UCA) solution, a medical data image archiving service headed by the recently acquired InSite One, and MSite, a solution for hospitals using MEDITECH to access health care data through the private cloud.

Another solution for analytics, informatics and business intelligence in the announcement combines Dell’s cloud infrastructure and Microsoft’s Amalga health intelligence platform, the company stated. Also part of the cloud services, Dell touted thousands of users of its electronic medical records archiving and practice management services for physicians and health care providers, which, like the other services, features new security options through another recent acquisition, SecureWorks.

In a news release on the cloud services announcement, John-David Lovelock, research vice president for healthcare with Gartner, said community hospitals and physician practices will increasingly turn to the cloud and SaaS to meet meaningful use timelines and tight internal budgets.  

“Remote Hosting, SaaS and cloud-based services offer pragmatic alternatives that can rapidly accelerate an organization’s time to value,” said Lovelock.


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