A group of US and UK software vendors have launched a “one-size fits all” consortium of healthcare IT solutions aimed at the EMEA market. It appears to be aimed at acute care facilities and operates under the principle of a CIO being able to go to the Alliance for all of their IT needs. I’m not sure this would work under the current public buy RFP process in the Canadian market, but the idea is interesting. Vendors in the alliance claim to support interop standards, making it easy to buy an integrated stack from them. Vendor include:
- Lawson Software, which provides enterprise resource planning and business software applications;
- Perceptive Software, based in Shawnee, Kan., which develops enterprise document management, imaging and workflow software under the ImageNow brand;
- Perot Systems, a Plano, Texas-based provider of IT solutions and services;
- Sun Microsystems, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based provider of interoperable, secure and scalable network computing hardware and software infrastructure and solutions;
- SciQuest, a Cary, N.C.-based developer of procurement automation and supplier enablement solutions;
- Ardentia, based in Stafford in the United Kingdom, which provides business intelligence and Web-based information management solutions;
- Clinical Solutions, a global company with headquarters in Basingstoke, Hampshire, in the United Kingdom, which offers evidence-based decision support and clinical software solutions; and
- System C. Healthcare, based in Kent in the United Kingdom, which offers healthcare information systems and implementation and consulting services.
What is striking about this is not the vendors involved, who with the exception of SUN and maybe Lawson have little footprint in Canada, it is the model. The Canadian market (for Admin and Clinicals in Acute Care) is dominated by Meditech, Cerner and McKesson. Is their a place in the Canadian market for other vendors adopting a similar model, or is the market too small? If so who would those vendors be and would they be acute or primary care focused?
An interesting idea nonetheless.