If you thought Dell was a company thatÂ only made your favorite consumer products like Alienware or the Streak, think again. Dell has been running clinical tests of it’s new EMR (electronics medical records) system dubbed MCC (mobile clinical computing) in 10 European hospitals to demonstrate how medical professionals can become more productive with a streamlined EMR system.
The basic premise behind it is as follows: Physicians and other health care professionals typically spend several minutes per patient retrieving their medical information before being able to make a diagnosis–patient history is key to making a diagnosis. Because of the time lost logging into a slow system with multiple applications and passwords, physicians can sometime spend more time on the computer retrieving patient medical records than they do with the actual patient.
This is where the MCC system comes in. According to Dell,
MCC is designed for the unique needs of healthcare providers. It combines desktop virtualization, single-sign-on and strong authentication technologies with the expert consulting, implementation and support services to help hospitals achieve their operational objectives. MCC enables fast and secure access to patient information where and when it is needed by medical professionals no matter the application or device and keeps patient data updated and secure in the data center.
In many instances, system interactions–including the time to log-on and log-off –lasted longer than patient interactions. To compensate, clinicians either adopt generic, department-wide user passwords, creating information security risks, or update electronic charts and notes at a later time, creating information latency issues.
Dell’s findings suggest that medical professionals as well as IT professionals working in the hospital saved time and improved productivity with a reduction in application access time by an average of 83 percent. Furthermore, it’s estimated that hospitals save up to $15,000 in annual productivity gains for each medical professional when using Dell’s MCC.