Dell, Perot Systems Target Electronic Medical Records

By Jessica Davis  |  Posted 2009-04-08 Print this article Print

PC, server and storage vendor Dell and health care technology solution provider Perot Systems are teaming up in a strategic alliance to take advantage of the economic stimulus package funds earmarked for health care and available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Analysts and solution provider resellers have identified health care as one of the vertical industries that is experiencing growth during the recession. Health care will also be a major benefactor of the economic stimulus package, and many solution providers and resellers plan to target that vertical as the health care stimulus funds are distributed.

Specifically, the stimulus package has earmarked $17 billion in incentive payments to physicians and hospitals to use electronic health records (EHRs). Other stimulus funds in the sector include $2 billion for grants and loans for health IT interoperability, regional and national EHR support, and $12 billion for broadband, facility construction and telemedicine, according to market research firm Gartner.

Dell and Perot Systems' strategic alliance calls for joint delivery teams to provide "fully integrated global IT solutions" that include technology and services solutions such as virtualized desktops, storage and servers.  Target clients include hospitals, health systems and doctors' offices.

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Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at

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