Is this buying an EHR backwards?

August 24, 2007

For years, doctors have heard this advice: If you want electronic health records, first choose the software that's best for you, and then get the hardware that meets your software's technical specifications.

For years, doctors have heard this advice: If you want electronic health records, first choose the software that's best for you, and then get the hardware that meets your software's technical specifications. Computer giant Gateway and EHR vendor MedicWare, however, have reversed this process.

This summer, Gateway began offering healthcare customers a convertible tablet computer and two desktop models that can come loaded with an ASP version of MedicWare's EHR program (in other words, you access it online). The software, certified by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information under its 2006 criteria, costs $395 per doctor per month and includes four support-staff licenses.

If this combination of hardware and software looks appealing, you can get more details by visiting a Gateway website at www.gateway.com/programs/emr/index.php?rdr=v1229 (or simply Google "Gateway" and "EMR"). Right now, the main Gateway website at www.gateway.com contains no navigational links to its page on healthcare hardware, but these links are in the works, says a company spokesperson.