Editor’s NoteLeslie Hein Sullivan, Marketing CommunicationsIt’s our year-end wrap-up issue of Inside Perspectives for the MEDITECH community and wehave lots to share with you.First, we welcome August Calhoun, the recently appointed Vice President of Dell Healthcareand Life Science Services, who reiterates the company’s commitment towards helping ourMEDITECH customers achieve their healthcare delivery and patient safety goals in the comingyear.In his Message from Management, Peter Stone, Vice President and General Manager of theMEDITECH Solutions Group within Dell Services, presents his view on cloud computingstrategies and invites you all to learn more about Dell’s Unified Clinical Archive solutionwhich will be showcased at the upcoming RSNA 2011 conference and tradeshow in Chicago.Carrick Carpenter, General Manager, Managed Services and Technology Integration, MEDITECHSolutions Group, also gives us his take on Cloud Computing and encourages health systemexecutives to rethink their conventional image of IT infrastructure. You can learn more in hisarticle titled “Cloud Computing Comes to Healthcare.”And if Cloud Computing is a hot topic in healthcare IT, so is Accountable Care Organizations(ACO). Since the CMS released the final guidelines for creating an ACO late October, 2011,many questions remain unanswered and much is to be learned before the guidelines are fullyunderstood. In this issue, Betsy Block, our resident expert and Director of Dell Services’ ACOConsulting Solutions Group, sorts out some of the misconceptions and answers some of themost frequently asked questions about ACOs.We are always eager to share our customer success stories, and in this issue, we present FHNHealthcare System’s (Freeport, IL) progress towards EHR. Dell Services’ consulting team wasdelighted to be involved in coaching the executive management team, setting expectations,and helping create the governance and physician leadership required to smoothly transformsystems and processes to achieve their EHR goals.Finally, our monthly features, Inside Track and Core Solutions, will keep you abreast of thelatest news, products, and services for the MEDITECH community. Please keep in touch andsend your comments or suggestions for future newsletter issues firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome your feedback.
On behalf of the MEDITECH Solutions Group within Dell Services, we send our sincere bestwishes to you and your family for a safe and happy holiday season. Enjoy!Best Regards,Leslie Hein Sullivan