Children's Healthcare of
, has chosen Flo Healthcare to provide 300 mobile workstations for patient data capture
and access at the point-of-care within its two anchor hospitals (press release).
Scheduled for implementation this month, the computers on wheels (COWS)
will support an EMR deployment. In amongst the usual
marketing blurbs about users and selection criteria, at which the
vendor excelled, is this interesting bit:

The mobile device selection process was introduced within the organization
in January 2005. Nearly 800 employees and physicians participated in the
evaluation. They represented a range of functional groups, including patient
care, clinical informatics, information systems and technology, occupational
health, biomedical engineering and infection control.

While this is an important purchase, the cost of sales for both Flo and CHOA must have been significant.