Dell Puts Hope in Health-Services Unit

Originally published July 6, 2010

By Ian Sherr

Dell Inc. hopes customers like Methodist Hospital System will help cure what ails it.

Methodist has contracted with Dell’s services since December 2009 to help it create and maintain an electronic medical records system. Dell’s technicians are also customizing software for Houston-based Methodist’s 2,600 doctors so those records can be accessed by staff at any of its four community hospitals.

The Methodist contract is one of the most visible examples of what Dell hopes to accomplish with its $3.9 billion 2009 acquisition of Perot Systems, a specialist in health-care information technology.

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(Published July 6, 2010, in The Wall Street Journal.)