Dell is bringing cloud-based services to health care.

The Round, Rock, Texas-based company unveiled the new services at the 2011 Healthcare IT Conference and Exhibition in Orlando. The new services, the company says, will allow physicians and doctors to focus less on managing information and more on patient care.

Dell is delivering the integrated solutions that address gaps in the marketplace and information gaps in our healthcare system, said Berk Smith, Dell's vice president of Healthcare and Life Sciences Services, in a statement. We are providing innovative solutions through innovative delivery. The cloud provides the infrastructure that makes solutions-as-a-service possible so that healthcare organizations and care providers focus on how to best use patient information, not how to manage it.

Dell will be offering medical archiving-as-a-service as part of its private cloud package. With the medical imaging industry set to reach an approximate data size of 2.6 million terabytes by 2014, according to ESG Research, Dell says its service reduces data storage and retention costs and can free up resources.

For another service, Dell is collaborating with long time partner Microsoft to provide a subscription based analytics service. The service will provide hospitals with consolidated view of patient information. It will combine Microsoft's Amalga, a health intelligence platform, with Dell's cloud infrastructure and expertise in informatics, analytics and consulting.

The cloud puts the emphasis where it should be for every medical professional and medical facility -- using information to care for patients and using information to improve the way we care for them, said Dr. John Halamka, chief information officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in a statement.

Small practices want to care for patients, not manage servers. The cloud empowers clinicians with low cost, high reliability solutions, enabling doctors to focus on the patient and not on the hardware in their office.

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