Ohio Hospital System Becomes 100th to Implement McKesson’s Paragon HIS

Best in KLAS healthcare information solution reaches milestone as providers drive to meaningful use

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- McKesson announced that its Paragon® healthcare information solution is now in use by more than 100 hospitals and health systems across the United States and Puerto Rico. Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers (CHWC), a three-facility system based in Bryan, Ohio, recently became the 100th hospital to go live with the integrated financial and clinical software system. With a small information technology staff, the hospital sought a comprehensive yet affordable HIS with the functionality to integrate patient data and revenue cycle information using one platform.

Rated Best in KLAS for Community HIS in the Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Professional Services report every year since 20061, the Paragon system offers a broad suite of applications. CHWC plans to use the solution to help the hospital improve clinical care and patient safety as well as revenue cycle management and financial outcomes. Like the growing number of hospitals that are replacing aging legacy systems with Paragon healthcare information technology, 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 & 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.”

CHWC was able to deploy Paragon at three facilities within 16 months of contract signing. The new healthcare information technology makes patient information – including medical imaging, nursing and ancillary documentation – available electronically, enabling better decision making and faster time to treatment. In addition, hospital financial management solutions help streamline patient registration and billing processes.

“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, 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.”

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 payers; hospital and retail pharmacy automation; and services for manufacturers and payers designed to improve outcomes for patients.

1 Source: 2010 Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Professional Services report; December 2010, www.KLASresearch.com, © 2010 KLAS Enterprises, LLC. All rights reserved.


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