McKesson and IASIS Extend Strategic Relationship for Systemwide Implementation of CPOE

Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) System to Enhance Overall Quality of Care as IASIS Prepares for Meaningful Use

FRANKLIN, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- McKesson Corporation (“McKesson”) and IASIS Healthcare® LLC (“IASIS”) today announced an extension of their strategic relationship as IASIS plans to expand its use of healthcare information technology (HIT) by completing its suite of McKesson Horizon Clinicals® solutions. This latest expansion of IASIS’ healthcare information system, part of the hospital company’s continued efforts to deliver high quality patient care, includes physician documentation as well as computerized provider order entry (CPOE) and will be deployed across all 16 of the IASIS hospitals over the next 12 months.

As an early champion of the HIT movement, IASIS has long been operating its hospitals from a sophisticated, single-platform, fully integrated clinical information system. Designed with the electronic health record (EHR) as its foundation, the IASIS system also currently relies upon McKesson solutions for computerized charting for nurses, bar-code scanning for dispensing medication, a Web-based portal for physicians, picture archiving communication systems for radiologists and cardiologists, as well as other clinical and financial processes that are utilized by numerous departments across the Company’s entire network of hospitals.

“From the day it was founded nearly 12 years ago, IASIS has strongly believed and heavily invested in healthcare information technology,” said David White, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IASIS Healthcare. “What began as a way to standardize our business and clinical processes rapidly transformed the way in which we were able to deliver high quality care to the communities we serve. More than ever, we are committed to providing the IASIS physicians and other healthcare professionals advanced technologies, like computerized provider order entry, to help them achieve continual quality improvements.”

While most U.S. hospitals still rely on handwritten physician instructions for their patients’ care, CPOE will enable the IASIS physicians to enter patient orders electronically. With orders for nursing, pharmacy, laboratory and radiology departments submitted electronically and updated in a single, secure EHR, the system’s various care teams will be able to improve information-sharing and access the latest patient information when and where it is needed. Additionally, computerized provider order entry technology is designed to help reduce the possibility of medication errors due to adverse drug interactions.

Along with CPOE, IASIS is deploying McKesson technology that allows physicians to document care electronically. The solution is designed to work within the hospital’s existing workflow, allowing physicians and other clinicians to operate more efficiently and effectively.

“An elite group of hospitals has a truly closed-loop process that places safeguards at every step where a medication error might occur – prescribing, transcribing, dispensing, administering and monitoring,” said Jeremy Chandler, president, Clinical Solutions, McKesson Provider Technologies. “IASIS is leading the way by embracing end-to-end patient safety solutions. We’re pleased to support its efforts to empower clinicians and improve care delivery and quality.”

IASIS has a long history of partnering with McKesson to help fulfill its mission of utilizing advanced systems and technology to become the healthcare provider of choice and to improve the quality of life for the individuals and communities it serves. Furthermore, the two companies are working closely together to help the IASIS hospitals prepare to meet the HIT meaningful use requirements outlined in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).


IASIS, located in Franklin, Tennessee, is a leading owner and operator of medium-sized acute care hospitals in high-growth urban and suburban markets. The Company operates its hospitals with a strong community focus by offering and developing healthcare services targeted to the needs of the markets it serves, promoting strong relationships with physicians and working with local managed care plans. IASIS owns or leases 15 acute care hospital facilities and one behavioral health hospital facility with a total of 2,884 beds in service and has total annual net revenue of approximately $2.5 billion. These hospital facilities are located in six regions: Salt Lake City, Utah; Phoenix, Arizona; Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida; three cities in Texas, including San Antonio; Las Vegas, Nevada; and West Monroe, Louisiana. IASIS also owns and operates a Medicaid and Medicare managed health plan in Phoenix that serves more than 199,000 members. For more information on IASIS, please visit the Company’s Web site at

About McKesson

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 14th 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. Over the course of its 177-year 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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