IBM and Cerner to Create E-Hospitals

IBM Corp. and Cerner Corp. announced a global strategic alliance aimed at helping create e-hospitals that make better use of information technology to improve patient care and provide faster medical treatment with fewer errors.

Cerner, which develops clinical, financial and managerial information software for healthcare organizations, and IBM hope the alliance will help hospitals and medical centers become more efficient. The agreement is effective immediately.

The agreement will wrap IBM's e-business technology, marketing and sales capabilities around Cerner Millennium, the company's clinical, management and knowledge software application systems.

Under the agreement, the Cerner applications will be integrated with IBM server, storage and infrastructure software. The companies say the end-to-end solution will help drive down the complexity, initial cost and daily operating expenses -- which are key issues for healthcare organizations. The companies also expect the solution to minimize medical errors.

IBM will use its worldwide marketing and sales force to recommend and promote Cerner Millennium. For its part, Cerner will recommend and promote IBM to its customers as a provider of eServer computers, storage area networks and middleware. Cerner will include IBM's framework for e-business as part of its software development strategy and migrate its application software portfolio to it. Future Cerner development work will be integrated with IBM WebSphere, MQ Series, DB2 Universal database, and other IBM standards-based solutions. The two companies will coordinate and conduct global marketing and sales efforts to healthcare organizations in the Americas and Europe and Asian markets.

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