Dell has joined forces with Red Hat, Intel and VMware to open a
dedicated center where hospitals can test and deploy a new option for
running Epic Systems' electronic health records (EHR) software on Red
Hat Enterprise Linux. The DRIVE (Dell, Red
Hat, Intel and VMware
for Epic) Center of Excellence is located
near the EHR vendor's Verona, Wis., headquarters.
Last year, Epic added Red Hat Enterprise Linux to its list of target
platforms. Until then, the software exclusively ran on AIX and other
UNIX servers. With the potential lower total cost of ownership of
running the software on Dell Intel x86 servers, this combination could
be a cost-effective option for hospitals.
At the DRIVE Center of Excellence, hospitals can test their applications
on a variety of Dell server and storage options, test configurations for
end-user computing, perform cross-functional testing of other optimized
solutions such as help desk services and disaster recovery, and interact
with all the primary third parties involved in a Linux deployment.
A legacy of expertise
Dell and the other companies in this effort each have a strong history
in supporting open standards and migrating customers from complex
proprietary environments. In addition to hardware, Dell provides a full
range of professional services and support for every stage of EHR
deployment backed by technical and clinical experts with deep expertise
in working with a variety of EHR vendors.
VMware vSphere® is the leading KLAS-rated x86 virtualization platform in
healthcare. vSphere provides hospitals with an industry proven
virtualization platform for delivering powerful solutions from the point
of care to the hospital's datacenter.
Red Hat will provide hospitals with the premium support services they
need to meet the 24x7 demands placed on an EHR system. As the world's
leading open source platform for enterprises, Red Hat Enterprise Linux
offers healthcare customers a standards-based, cost-effective yet highly
flexible and powerful solution.
St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center
More small- to mid-size hospitals are using Linux to run key
applications as they see the benefits of using open source versus
proprietary platforms, including cost savings and improved
St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, a 431-bed hospital and health
system in Syracuse, N.Y., turned to the DRIVE team for help in
implementing Epic on Linux as part of a 16-month conversion of the
hospital's EHR system. Working closely with both the hospital and Epic,
the companies are making the best use of St. Joseph's current
infrastructure and resources to build a test and training environment as
well as preparing to deploy the full production system. In addition to
training and planning assistance, the DRIVE team will provide ongoing
support to fine-tune the system for optimal performance.
"Using VMware and Red Hat Enterprise Linux to run Epic's database on
Dell's x86 servers will not only significantly reduce hardware costs,
but also will simplify our environment and allow our IT staff to focus
on delivering the best user experience for our clinicians," said Chris
Snow, manager of IT systems engineering for St. Joseph Hospital Health
Center. "We are confident that Dell and its partners have the deep
experience required for this type of complex implementation."
"Dell has a long history with both Red Hat Enterprise Linux and in
supporting complex EHR implementations with hardware and related
services and consulting," said August Calhoun, Ph.D., vice president
and general manager of Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences. "Through
this alliance, we are poised to give customers - especially mid-size
hospitals - greater choice and flexibility for meeting meaningful use
"Red Hat has a long history of providing open source mission critical IT
Infrastructure environments to some of the largest healthcare entities
and software vendors worldwide," said Mark Enzweiler, vice president
of Global Channels and Alliances, Red Hat. "Our expertise and robust
technology coupled with the DRIVE Center of Excellence will provide Epic
customers with world-class support. Open source software also enables
organizations to enjoy a lower total cost of ownership, helping offset
potentially rising healthcare costs."
"The new alternative of running Epic on Linux with the latest generation
of Intel x86 servers meets the needs of mission-critical healthcare
solutions," said Rick Cnossen, worldwide director of health IT for
Intel. "The DRIVE Center of Excellence provides hospitals with an
efficient way to evaluate an open platform based on industry standards,
with ecosystem expertise available for ongoing support."
"The news today underscores VMware's passion and commitment to
healthcare," said Frank Nydam, healthcare CTO at VMware. "This
partnership demonstrates how meaningful collaboration and technology can
help transform the delivery of healthcare products and services. We are
proud that VMware vSphere® can provide Dell and Epic with the
performance and availability required to deliver always-on patient care
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Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2013 Annual Conference
and Exposition, March 3-7 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in
New Orleans. (Booth #4427, Hall F).
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exploring the challenges and opportunities on the path to
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