At McKesson, we agree with the main imperative of the new healthcare initiative: patients come first. With that in mind, we are pleased to announce that we have achieved the number one HIT vendor ranking in the Healthcare Informatics 100 for the fifth straight year based on revenue.
While it’s nice to announce our accomplishments, the award really speaks to the technology solutions we offer. By providing a robust healthcare technology system, hospitals and other providers are able to speed service and care to the patient.
With our radiology information system (RIS), we improve clinical quality through “anytime, anywhere” access to patient information, medical imaging and reports while at the same time decreasing report turnaround times with improved clinical and administrative workflow.
“Healthcare providers across the country are continually faced with regulatory changes and new technology. The need for a robust, cost-effective PACS solution to integrate patient images and reports has never been greater,” said Kevan Torgerson, president, Enterprise Medical Imaging, McKesson Provider Technologies.
“Regardless of a facility’s size, we offer imaging technologies that enable the sharing of critical patient data. Our goal has always been to help our customers accelerate clinical diagnoses and provide better care for their patients,” he said.
Ease-of-Use Eases Technology Jitters for Main Line Health
The radiology report is vital to the decisions leading to the patient’s treatment. At Main Line Health in suburban Philadelphia, the organization has implemented integrated systems that deliver a signed radiology report directly to the attending physician in minutes.
Like many healthcare facilities around the country, Main Line Health was strictly film-based in 2002. With patients traveling between its four acute-care hospitals and numerous outpatient imaging facilities, it was difficult to get images where they needed to be in a timely manner.
In 2003, the health system selected McKesson’s PACS for instantaneous access to radiology, cardiology and perinatology images across the enterprise. Report turnaround time was cut in half because of the ability to easily share patient data immediately, regardless of location. They also added a much needed McKesson speech recognition system.
“In both cases, our radiologists were hesitant about moving to these technologies,” acknowledges Harry Zegel, M.D., chairman of radiology for Main Line Health.
However, he added, they discovered “The system is surprisingly easy to use, technically stable and truly facilitates patient care. Since implementing, we have had numerous new radiologists that have joined our group. Overwhelmingly, these radiologists have indicated our system is vastly superior to similar systems they were using at other hospitals.”
Superior Features Makes McKesson Easy Choice
When Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover N.H., the largest acute-care center in the seacoast area, had to replace its first generation RIS/PACS, the first step in selecting a replacement system was creating a PACS team.
The team represented every department across the health system: IT personnel, radiologists, technologists, emergency department (ED) physicians and senior leadership. They selected the Horizon Medical Imaging™ RIS/PACS from McKesson, based upon its extensive features and reputation for vendor support.
“There were key things radiologists were looking for, such as report design and the RAD reporting features. These features were superior to what any other vendor offered,” recalls Becky Wozmak, PACS administrator for the hospital.
Horizon Medical Imaging has improved user flexibility and increased the efficiency of imaging workflow at Wentworth-Douglass. Plus, radiology report turnaround time has declined from 24 hours to as short as three hours.
At McKesson, we are proud to be the number one HIT vendor that enables us to help healthcare systems meet the needs of their number one priority, the patient.