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● Industry Watch EHRS Industry heavyweights launch Epic EHR help center

Dell, Red Hat, Intel and VMware have joined forces 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. T e DRIVE (Dell, Red Hat, Intel and VMware for Epic) Center of Excellence is located near Epic’s Verona, Wis., headquarters. More small to mid-size hospitals are using Linux to

run key applications, because using open-source versus proprietary platforms produces cost savings and improved interoperability benefi ts. St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, a 431-bed hospital and health system in Syracuse, N.Y., is one example. St. Joseph’s is also one of the fi rst customers to turn to the DRIVE team for help in implementing Epic on Linux. T e move is part of a 16-month conversion of the hospital’s EHR system. Working closely with both the


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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 fi ne 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 signifi cantly 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,” says Chris Snow, manager of IT systems engineering for St. Joseph’s. “We are confi dent that Dell and its partners have the deep experience required for this type of complex implementation.” Email inquiries to


The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) 2013 Annual Meeting, June 6-9, Grapevine-Dallas, Texas, is the place to discover today’s imaging informatics essentials and trends. Educational sessions, exhibit hall hours and networking opportunities provide dynamic interaction between practitioners and vendors.

America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Institute 2013, June

12-14, Las Vegas, invites you to join thousands of health insurance decision makers to experience the industry’s premier educational event.

ANI: The 2013 HFMA National Institute, June 16-19, Orlando,

presents financial management how-to solutions for pressing chal- lenges like reform, value, clinical transformation, accountable care and revenue cycles.

SEPTEMBER The 2013 American Society for Healthcare Human Resources

Administration (ASHHRA) 49th Annual Conference & Exposition, Sept. 28-Oct. 1, Washington, D.C., will feature more than 150 exhibi- tors and plenty of opportunities for networking and knowledge sharing on state-of-the-art services in healthcare HR.


Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) 2013 Annual Conference, Oct. 6-9, San Diego, will host thousands of professionals engaged in managing the business of medicine. Practice administrators and physician leaders are highly encouraged to consider team participa- tion. More than 356 exhibiting companies shared their industry insights, products and services at MGMA12.

The 85th American Health Information Management Associa- tion (AHIMA) Convention & Exhibit, Oct. 26-30, Atlanta, will draw HIM professionals from all areas of health informatics and information management for an intense focus on HIM’s global transformation. Learn how to implement some of the most important changes in HIM history. Pre-convention workshops take place Oct. 26-27.


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