Sam’s Club to Bundle Dell Tablets with Electronic Health Records System

Wal-Mart is getting into the professional Tablet PC business. Dell Tablet PCs loaded with ClinicalWorks’ electronic health records system will be available at Sam’s Club starting this spring.

The New York Times put together a full article on the subject several days ago that details the plan. Wal-Mart will be selling the bundle at a deep discount, which will start at $25,000 for one user and $10,000 for each additional user. The setup and maintenance costs will be offset by $40,000-per physician incentives offered in the economic stimulus plan.

In the package, Dell is offering either a desktop or a tablet personal computer. Many physicians prefer tablet PCs because they more closely resemble their familiar paper notepads and make for easier communication with the patient, since the doctor is not behind a desktop screen.

The stimulus plan has $19 billion earmarked for digitizing health records.

Here’s a video of how my doctor uses a tablet:

Thanks to GBM forum user segalsegal for the tip!