Lawrence Hospital Center Joins Forces with Dell & Microsoft

Feb 21, 2011

Bronxville, NY

Lawrence Hospital Center today announced it has entered into an innovative collaboration with Dell and the Microsoft Corporation. The companies will collaborate with the hospital to deliver an analytics, informatics, Business Intelligence (BI) and performance improvement solution designed specifically to meet the needs of a community hospital through an affordable, subscription-based model. Delivered by Dell as a hosted online service, the solution combines Microsoft Amalga, an enterprise health intelligence platform, with Dell’s cloud infrastructure and expertise in informatics, analytics and consulting.

As a result, Lawrence Hospital Center will have access to targeted, focused views of consolidated patient data aggregated by the Amalga platform from source systems across the hospital, enabling organizational leaders, clinicians and physicians to rapidly gain insights into the administrative, clinical and financial data needed to make ongoing operational decisions. In addition, the solution will provide add-on, business-focused applications.

This new offering will be developed in collaboration with Stellaris Health Network, Inc., a community hospital system which consists of Lawrence Hospital Center, Northern Westchester Hospital, Phelps Memorial Hospital Center and White Plains Hospital Center. Together these Hospitals will serve as the first foundation members in the solution development process.

“As a network of community hospitals, we are excited about the ability to more easily and affordably create an interactive environment where our physicians and clinicians can obtain quality metrics in real-time,” said Arthur Nizza, CEO, Stellaris Health Network. “Through our demonstration project with Dell and Microsoft, we look forward to sharing best practices that will further advance and improve the quality of services and clinical care provide today by community hospitals.”

Dell is also building upon its existing relationship with Stellaris Health Network by conducting a pilot of the solution at the network’s four community hospitals in Westchester, NY. The pilot will begin in March and will provide Stellaris hospitals with integrated workflow design, documentation integrated within its information system, and advanced reporting of quality measures.

As the collaborative expands with new members, additional applications will be developed to solve other commonly identified business issues found in the community hospitals such as solutions for turn-around time delays, care coordination, managing avoidable readmissions, and population based healthcare management for chronic conditions.

“Uniting our companies’ complementary strengths in healthcare software, IT services and enterprise-class server systems, Dell and Microsoft are uniquely positioned to bring to market new modular healthcare solutions aimed squarely at the needs of small and mid-sized hospitals,” said Berk Smith, vice president, Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences Services. “We’re excited to collaborate with Microsoft and Stellaris Health to deliver a set of rich informatics, analytics and reporting applications that not only are easy and cost-effective to adopt but also create more value out of existing IT systems.”

“In a highly dynamic healthcare landscape, hospitals of all sizes are challenged by a lack of timely access to health data stored in their enterprise technology systems, which has a direct impact on timely decision-making and ultimately the quality of care,” said Peter Neupert, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Health Solutions Group. “With Dell, our goal is to offer a set of solutions that make it simple for small and mid-sized hospitals, which typically don’t have extensive IT departments, to readily access and analyze the data they need to identify gaps in care quality and take the right steps to make measurable improvements.”

About the Stellaris Health Network

Based in Armonk, NY and founded in 1996, HealthStar Network, Inc. (dba Stellaris Health Network) is the corporate parent of Lawrence Hospital Center (Bronxville, NY), Northern Westchester Hospital (Mount Kisco, NY) Phelps Memorial Hospital Center (Sleepy Hollow, NY), and White Plains Hospital Center (White Plains, NY). In addition to the network of hospitals, Stellaris provides ambulance and municipal paramedic services to Westchester County, New York through Westchester Emergency Medical Services.

With nearly $850 million dollars in combined revenue and 1,100 in-patient beds, Stellaris Hospitals account for over a third of the acute care bed capacity in Westchester County. It is one of the largest area employers, with over 5,000 employees and approximately 1,000 voluntary physicians on staff.

The Stellaris Hospitals provide multidisciplinary acute care services as well as a range of community based services such as hospice, home health, behavioral health and physical rehabilitation. As Stellaris pursues new programs and joint ventures, it will continue to evolve as the regions’ leading healthcare system, dedicated to preserving high quality, community-based care for residents of Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess, Northern Bronx, and Fairfield Counties.