Hospital Switches to McKesson to Improve Performance and Accelerate Path to Meaningful Use
ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Stanly Regional Medical Center, a 119-bed healthcare provider in Albemarle, N.C., recently became the latest hospital to select McKesson’s Paragon® hospital information system (HIS) and application hosting from McKesson Managed Services™ after deciding to replace its longstanding IT vendor. A single-database, fully-integrated clinical and financial system, Paragon is innovative, yet affordable. The solution’s advanced functionality enables hospitals to more efficiently manage clinical and revenue operations, driving improvements in performance, productivity and patient care.
During the past year, Paragon has increased its market share by 33% as a growing number of hospitals switch to a reliable partner to help them enhance care and to assist them in achieving meaningful use. Built on an open Microsoft platform, Paragon has been rated Best in KLAS for Community HIS in the Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Professional Services report every year since 2006. 1
“We realized that our existing system wasn’t designed to address today’s expanding healthcare requirements,” said Al Taylor, Stanly’s president and CEO. “With meaningful use deadlines on the horizon, Paragon clearly emerged as the right choice for Stanly Regional – to enable us to meet those deadlines as well as our aggressive clinical and financial objectives.”
Application hosting will expand the partnership between McKesson and Stanly Regional by providing expert technology and application services. The hospital’s new technology will be remotely hosted in McKesson’s data center, expanding the capacity of the provider’s hardware, implementation and support resources.
“McKesson is working with us to provide the resources that will allow us to meet our goals on our timeline,” Taylor said. “By utilizing application hosting, we can free our staff to focus on patient care. As one of eight managed hospitals in the Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) planning to deploy Paragon, we look forward to increased efficiencies across our operations both here at Stanly Regional and among these regional hospitals.”
Paragon recently received electronic health record (EHR) modular certification, deeming the software capable of enabling providers to meet the Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The solution was tested and certified under Drummond Group's EHR Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) program.2
“With Paragon, we’re enabling hospitals like Stanly Regional to replace their outdated information systems with contemporary industry-proven technology that enables them to cost-effectively drive improvements in performance,” said Jim Pesce, president, Paragon, McKesson Provider Technologies. “And with McKesson’s Managed Services model, we can partner with the hospital to help them quickly achieve the clinical and financial benefits they are seeking.”
About Stanly Regional Medical Center
Accredited by The Joint Commission, Stanly Regional Medical Center is governed by a volunteer board of directors representing both Stanly and Montgomery counties. The main campus is a 119-bed medical facility consisting of 97 general acute beds, 10 rehabilitation beds and 12 behavioral health beds. With a staff of health care professionals using the latest medical treatments and technology, Stanly Regional Medical Center offers advancements in cancer treatment, imaging, rehabilitation, women’s services and more.
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 178-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 2010 Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Professional Services report; December 2010, www.KLASresearch.com, © 2010 KLAS Enterprises, LLC. All rights reserved.
2 This EHR Module is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ATCB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments. McKesson’s Paragon 10.0 was certified on December 17, 2010, Certification ID 12172010‐6254‐8.
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