McKesson Announces $1 Million Software Give-Away to Help Benevolent Physicians Bring Better Health to Patients Across America

  McKesson Announces $1 Million Software Give-Away to Help Benevolent
  Physicians Bring Better Health to Patients Across America

    Ten Metropolitan Areas to Benefit from “Better Health M.D.” Initiative

Business Wire

ATLANTA -- November 19, 2012

One good deed deserves another. McKesson Corporation is taking the philosophy
to heart by giving more than $1 million worth of electronic health record
software to physicians who provide charity care to the needy across the
country.

McKesson plans on providing McKesson Practice Choice™ software, a Web-based,
integrated electronic health record (EHR) and practice management solution, to
100 physicians who provide unreimbursed healthcare to America’s neediest
citizens. The selected physicians will receive a free 26-month license to the
software, which typically carries a $399 per month fee for each physician–
making the total McKesson reward worth $1,037,400. The program aligns with
McKesson’s Better Health 2020^™, a healthcare IT initiative designed to help
healthcare providers achieve better patient care, better business health and
better connectivity in their communities.

“Leaders in the healthcare industry have recognized EHR technology as a ‘must
have’ for many years now. Ironically, though, where the technology is perhaps
most needed – in the practices serving patients who are struggling to access
care – it is often the least accessible. At McKesson, we are doing what we can
to help physicians change that equation,” said David Henriksen, senior vice
president, McKesson’s Physician Practice Solutions. “These physicians who are
helping struggling Americans that are in great need of healthcare services can
leverage our solution to help them practice more effectively and improve
patient care outcomes. Additionally, since McKesson Practice Choice can
seamlessly communicate with health information exchanges, physicians can
improve the quality of care because greater communication exists between care
points.”

McKesson Practice Choice is a fully integrated EHR and practice management
solution designed specifically for small independent primary care practices.
The Web-based solution offers clinical, financial, operational and patient
tools on a single database. Physicians can access software, certified by the
Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), from any location with
an Internet connection. The use of exclusive Smart Note technology enables
charting of progress notes on a single screen, with key data elements
automatically populating all pertinent fields throughout a patient’s chart. As
a result, clinicians can spend more time with patients, and less time
documenting care.

A McKesson committee will select physicians from applicants in the 10
metropolitan areas with the largest impoverished populations to receive the
free software. These cities include: Detroit, Cleveland, Buffalo, Milwaukee,
St. Louis, Miami, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and Newark.

To qualify for the software, physician practices must be either primary care,
internal medicine, family practice, gynecology, or pediatric practitioners; be
in private practice, (not hospital employed); work in a 1-10 physician
practice; have a demonstrated history of providing unreimbursed care to the
low-income community for six months or more; have broadband or high speed
Internet connectivity in the location where the physician expects to use the
software. To learn more about the program or to complete an application, visit
www.mckessongivesback.com.

McKesson is hoping that its good deed will spur others to join the effort to
improve the business of care for these deserving physicians and their
patients. McKesson is calling upon other corporations to help by providing
free hardware, Internet services, office furniture and other necessary
technology and supplies to the program.

About McKesson Corporation

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 14th on the FORTUNE 500, is a
healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the
business of healthcare run better. We partner with payers, hospitals,
physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the
spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to
patients in every setting. McKesson helps its customers improve their
financial, operational, and clinical performance with solutions that include
pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information
technology, and business and clinical services. For more information, visit us
at www.mckesson.com.

Contact:

McKesson Corporation
Yancey Casey, 404-338-2468
yancey.casey@mckesson.com
 
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