Seeking elegant solutions to healthcare challenges

21 February 2014 | August Calhoun, PhD, Vice president and general manager, Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences

“Elegant” is a term used in mathematics, engineering, and programming to describe a solution that achieves the maximum desired effect with the minimum effort and cost and often solves more than one problem at a time.

Though the elegant solution is often the simplest, it isn’t always simple to find. It requires a thorough understanding of the problem that you are trying to solve and the ability to look at the problem from many perspectives.

In healthcare, Dell has assembled a team of people with deep knowledge of healthcare and technology, and we spend time with end users to gain a broad perspective for problem solving. Our goal is to find the elegant solution for each healthcare challenge we take on.

The best thing about the HIMSS annual conference, at least for the Dell team, is the opportunity to listen to our customers, and to demonstrate our solutions to the people who need them. We gain knowledge, energy and inspiration from the conversations we have each year, and that’s why we invest the time and resources to be there.

And we will be there in force at HIMSS14. We’ll be making 16 presentations during the week, and customers will have an opportunity to put a variety of our end-to-end healthcare solutions to the test. Are they truly elegant solutions? Our customers will be the judges.

Certainly, medical image archiving presents problems that need an elegant solution. Proprietary PACS have created data silos, interoperability issues, IT management complexities, and data migration costs. The Dell Unified Clinical Archive is the elegant solution that eliminates these problems and gives you disaster recovery ability, at an affordable price.  It has won industry accolades as the only solution that does all of that and can be implemented entirely by one vendor.

A conference highlight will be the session on “N=1: Customizing Care for My Life and My DNA.”  Dell’s chief medical officer, Andrew Litt, MD, will join Intel’s Eric Dishman to discuss personalized medicine. (Tuesday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m., Room 320)

At the Dell booth, #5264 in Hall C, we’ll have discussions on cloud, security, mobility, analytics, meaningful use, interoperability, image archiving, ICD-10 and more. (See the schedule below for topics and times.) And you can register for a chance to win one a Dell Venue Pro 11 tablet (we’ll give away three of them).

The Dell team will also offer 3 panel discussions in the Intel Hospitality Suite, Room 340C, 3rd floor, Convention Center:

I’ll be here at HIMSS all week, and hope to hear from many of you about you challenges and we can help.

Here’s the full schedule of topics at our booth, #5264 in Hall C:

Monday, February 24

1:00 pm: Providers as Health Plans

2:00 pm: How Social Media is Shaping Disaster Response

3:00 pm: Leveraging Vendor Neutral Archive to Achieve Meaningful Use

4:00 pm: Using ICD-10 Analytics to perform an ICD-10 audit of your program today and in the future


Tuesday, February 25

11:00 am: Are You Undermining the Importance of ICD-10 Partner Testing?

1:00 pm: Dell Clinical Service Desk: The Ticket to Satisfied End Users and Improved ROI

2:00 pm: Leveraging Analytics to Define Healthcare Economics

3:00 pm: Analytical Methods & Tools to Improve Patient Care and Lower Costs


Wednesday, February 26

11:00 am: Enabling HL7 Interoperability for a System in Minutes

1:00 pm: Dell Data Protection – Protecting your Data from the Endpoint to the Cloud

2:00 pm: Managing the Challenges of Archiving Digital Pathology and Other Large Format Imaging Studies

3:00 pm: Enabling Organizational Agility with Intelligent Data Management in the Era of Data Explosion

August Calhoun, PhD
Vice president and general manager, Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences

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About the Author

August Calhoun, PhD | Vice president and general manager, Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences

Dr. August Calhoun leads Dell’s Healthcare & Life Sciences business. Dr. Calhoun has more than 15 years of experience in the healthcare and life sciences industry, during which time he has focused on research productivity, life sciences salesforce... Read more