TeraMedica announced the week of Dec. 17 that it has entered into a hardware reseller agreement with Dell that will help hospitals save money and could ensure interoperability with existing hospital infrastructure.
Under the terms of the agreement, TeraMedica, a health care software provider, will package and resell its Evercore digital medical imaging solution on hardware from Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences, according to Paul Markham, vice president of marketing for TeraMedica.
The Evercore software provides access to digital medical images like X-rays, MRI, PET and CT scan outputs, and electronic reports, voice and video files. The software will be installed on Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences products, including Dell servers and Dell/EMC storage devices, Markham said.
Combining digital imaging software with Dell Healthcare’s server and storage solutions can increase hospital efficiency and improve patient care, since all relevant patient information is accessible from a single screen, he said. The hardware solution’s storage component can also reduce or eliminate the need for physical storage of paper and film records and reduce the need for digital data migration, he said.
The Dell agreement will expand TeraMedica’s presence from its current installation base throughout the United States, Europe and Asia to an increasingly large market, Markham said, but declined to quote exact numbers or growth targets.
Markham said TeraMedica entered into the deal with Dell because TeraMedica’s customers, hospital CIOs and administrators, demanded a solution that incorporated both the software and the hardware components and that would alleviate high storage hardware costs.
“Many proprietary imaging vendors tie hospitals into agreements to upgrade their hardware on a specific contract basis,” Markham said, and hospitals are forced to use whichever storage vendor is named in the contract with the imaging vendor, regardless of cost or necessity. Dell’s open standards base and competitive pricing and TeraMedica’s open architecture can help hospitals save money and can ensure interoperability with existing hospital infrastructure, he said.