The video from the Dell Healthcare Think Tank dinner at HIMSS12 last week, which I participated in, is now available. It’s long, but if you’re into health IT policy and healthcare reform, it probably is worth your time.
In case anyone out there still reads physical books, “Reengineering Health Care: A Manifesto for Radically Rethinking Health Care Delivery,” by Jim Champy and Dell Chief Medical Officer Dr. Harry Greenspun, cracked the top 10 of 800-CEO-READ’s Business Book Bestseller List for August.
I have a review copy of the book and expect to start on it in the next few days. Just don’t ask me to write a review. I barely keep up with this blog, ya know. But here is a review from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Note that the reviewer was surprised to learn the book wasn’t about the so-called healthcare reform law, that the national media somehow think is a massive overhaul of the nation’s healthcare system.
Yes, the Bentonville, Ark., retail giant is joining with ambulatory EMR vendor eClinicalWorks and computer-maker Dell to sell systems at deeply discounted prices, reportedly less than $25,000 for the first physician and around $10,000 for each additional doctor in a practice. Maintenance and support will run about $4,000 to $6,500 a year, the New York Times reports.
Snicker, perhaps, but remember that the warehouse clubs offer a bit of everything. Sam’s Club rival Costco Wholesale sells caskets, after all. (Just don’t bundle those with EMRs. It might send the wrong message.) And remember that Wal-Mart has been talking about improving the quality of care and reducing healthcare costs with IT for several years and is one of the founding sponsors of the Dossia PHR project. I posted a podcast with Wal-Mart executive Linda Dillman in October 2006.
Wal-Mart already has a strong business in retail clinics and eClinicalWorks has a history of making creative business deals, such as with the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. So yeah, it makes sense. Whether doctors will shop for EMRs while picking up 5-pound jars of pickles and jumbo packs of toilet paper, we’ll have to see.