Well it looks like electronic medical records support has reached the retail level. The article is not too specific on exactly which services they will be supporting but I might guess the medical records part of the business, HeartCentrix might be right in there as it will communicate with various devices that record and collect data and transport to an EHR/EMR system. Back in April Best Buy did a survey to see if consumers would buy their healthcare devices from the electronics chain.
Currently the web site lists Allscripts, GEMMS, Greenway, MEDENT, MicroMD, NextGen, and Sage as partners. In addition the software connects to ECGs, holter monitoring and automated external defibrillators. Will the folks at Best Buy be giving the medical records folks to be trained via grants from HHS and ONC a run for their money:)
If things get much tighter though, would you see your doctor working there too to reduce travel time for the Geek Squad to stay on revenue targets and meet goals? Don’t think that couldn’t happen as one young doctor works part time at Blockbuster so she can have health insurance, 6 years out of residency and scary what is happening in compensation for young doctors.
From the website:
“HeartCentrix ECG / EKG data management centralizes diagnostic cardiology data for rapid access. Pyramis, our flagship HeartCentrix product for the hospital market, uses open architecture to meet your needs – so there’s no reason to invest in custom software or hardware.
You save time since Pyramis works with Health Level 7 (HL7) interfaces. And Pyramis delivers the accuracy and reliability you expect from the company that brings you Quinton and Burdick brands, cardiac diagnostic leaders for almost a century now.”
Through the Pyramis network, connections to hospitals are also an option. This kind of makes me wonder if we will be seeing Geeks in Scrubs soon (grin). BD
Best Buy For Business, a unit of the Richfield-based retailer (NYSE: BBY) that sells tech services to business customers, said the time is right to pursue the market segment of doctor’s offices and clinics.
Best Buy will send members of its Geek Squad or IT experts to provide consultation, sales, installation and technical support for its software. Cardiac Science will handle sales, installation, training and technical support for its medical devices.
Based in Bothell, Wash., Cardiac Science designs, manufactures and markets diagnostic and therapeutic cardiology devices and systems, such as external defibrillators. The partnership will allow doctors to use programs such as CareCenter MD, a PC-based diagnostic tool for ECG and stress.