Saturday, January 30, 2010

McKesson and HP to Help Speed Electronic Health Record Adoption

McKesson and HP to Help Physician Practices Speed Electronic Health Record Adoption for Better, Safer Patient Care
Practice-ready offering combines software, hardware and localized sales/support

ATLANTA, Jan. 26, 2010 – McKesson and HP today announced they are collaborating to accelerate and simplify electronic health record (EHR) adoption at independent physician practices across the country. The companies will offer physicians McKesson’s EHR/practice management systems bundled with HP office hardware preconfigured for easy installation. A national network of EHR-certified, value-added resellers will provide the bundled McKesson and HP solutions with training, implementation and support services for physicians in their local communities.
The new program from McKesson and HP is designed to offer many advantages to physician practices, including increased productivity, more focus on patient care, and the benefit of McKesson’s experience with more than 100,000 practice management system deployments. As the source for solutions that improve practice performance, McKesson’s offering includes clinical and EHR software as well as business management and revenue management solutions. The company also provides connectivity solutions for health information exchange and medical-surgical equipment and supplies.
“The McKesson and HP relationship delivers trusted solutions together with the national reach and local support that will allow independent practices quick and affordable entry into EHRs,” said David Henriksen, senior vice president and general manager of Physician Practice Solutions for McKesson. “As stimulus deadlines grow closer, together we are striving to put physician practices at ease by providing technology options that will help them realize their vision of a safer, more efficient and more connected healthcare system.”
HP leads the way in technology innovation with touch, mobile computing and energy efficiency through products designed with the environment in mind. Equipment such as thin clients, notebooks and desktop PCs will be integrated into the McKesson and HP EHR offering. HP’s broad product line provides customers the flexibility to choose the right product and solution for each unique healthcare environment.
 “As the majority of U.S. physician practices prepare for EHR adoption, the practice-ready solutions from McKesson and HP represent a smart choice backed by two of the most knowledgeable companies in healthcare technology,” said Chris Mertens, vice president of the Healthcare Business in the Personal Systems Group at HP. “Our expanded relationship with McKesson is designed to meet the ever-changing needs of independent physician practices with a scalable and affordable system they can count on for years to come.”
With the McKesson and HP offering, physician practices will have the opportunity to choose from a broad range of packaged software and hardware options. These include McKesson’s award-winning Practice Partner®, Lytec® MD and Medisoft® Clinical EHR/practice management systems, all of which feature Bright Note Technology that automates physician chart processes.
The program will be executed through one of HP’s leading distributors, Tech Data. Preconfigured HP and McKesson bundles will be available through an online portal for streamlined order processing. The bundles will be configured by practice size and will include point-of-care solutions for faster input and access to patient information, improved efficiency and optimized performance. McKesson will test and certify each bundle.

About HP
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About McKesson
McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 15th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to helping its customers deliver high-quality healthcare by reducing costs, streamlining processes, and improving the quality and safety of patient care. McKesson has been in continuous operation for more than 175 years, making it the longest-operating company in healthcare today. Over the course of its history, McKesson has grown by providing pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management across the spectrum of care; healthcare information technology for hospitals, physicians, homecare and payors; hospital and retail pharmacy automation; and services for manufacturers and payors designed to improve outcomes for patients. For more information, visit
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1 comment:

  1. I looked at that video of McKessson's "BrightNote" product.

    After the ritual (opaque) jargon about interoperability, ease of use, etc. it settles into a long screen share of a doctor interacting with the screens and dialogs.

    My overwhelming impression was YUCK

    The screens are so ugly, so cluttered that I question the sanity of the marketing people who allowed such long adoring screen shots of them

    The processing of dictating and verbally filling in all the patient chart fields seemed so tedious, that it made me question my choice of career.

    Is this really the vision of our shining future ?