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December 20, 2010

McKesson Healthcare System Deployed Across 100 Hospitals in US, Puerto Rico
By Anuradha Shukla
TMCnet Contributor

McKesson’s Paragon healthcare information solution is now serving more than 100 hospitals and health systems across the United States and Puerto Rico.

The company noted that its solution is increasing in popularity each day and recently Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers (CHWC), a three-facility system based in Bryan, Ohio, became the 100th hospital to go live with the integrated financial and clinical software system.

CHWC has a small information technology staff and was searching for a comprehensive yet affordable HIS that can integrate patient data and revenue cycle information using one platform.

The healthcare facility decided to deploy McKesson’s Paragon healthcare information solution that offers a broad suite of applications. This solution will help the hospital improve clinical care and patient safety as well as revenue cycle management and financial outcomes.

Today, an increasing number of hospitals are replacing aging legacy systems with Paragon healthcare information technology, and similar to those facilities, CHWC will leverage the system to take advantage of economic stimulus incentives under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

“The challenging economy, meaningful use requirements and rapid pace of healthcare reform require that we use technology as a strategic lever in order to be successful,” said Greg Slattery, vice president and CIO at CHWC. “Our strong relationship with McKesson gives us confidence that we can meet these industry challenges and, most importantly, provide the best care possible to our patients.”

“The fact that we have reached 100 implementations of the Paragon system proves that hospitals are recognizing the need for an affordable HIS that will allow them to quickly and easily implement electronic health records,” said Jim Pesce, president of Paragon, McKesson Provider Technologies. “With Paragon, we’re proud to offer a solution that will help hospitals across the country improve financial performance and the quality of patient care.”

Read a related article at TMCnet: “PEPID Unveils Application for the Apple (News - Alert) iPad.”

Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf


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