British Columbia Ministry of Health Turns to McKesson for Provincial Radiology Peer Review Program

  British Columbia Ministry of Health Turns to McKesson for Provincial
  Radiology Peer Review Program

  Health authorities tap McKesson QICS™ by peerVue to advance radiology care

Business Wire

ATLANTA -- December 11, 2012

The British Columbia Ministry of Health has selected McKesson as vendor of
choice for its radiologist peer review initiative, the single largest
cross-facility initiative of its kind in North America. As part of its ongoing
quality improvement program, the Ministry of Health will use McKesson QICS™
for Radiologist Peer Review in a pilot to help modernize medical imaging
processes and improve quality of care.

The Vancouver Island Health Authority will be first to roll out McKesson’s
solution as part of the initial phase of the program, which includes more than
200 radiologists. In later stages, this provincial project will span a region
that is 1.4 times larger than the state of Texas and involves radiologists
reviewing more than 3.5 million exams conducted annually.

McKesson QICS™ for Radiologist Peer Review allows organizations to monitor the
entire imaging review process, and integrates with multiple picture archiving
communication systems (PACS) to supportcross-facility peer review. The pilot
will demonstrate the ability for a case that is initially read by a
radiologist, at one health authority, to be peer- reviewed anonymously by a
radiologist located in a different location and on a separate PACS.

“Conducting peer review of radiologist reports is challenging, particularly
across distinct infrastructures, hospital systems and PACS we have throughout
our province,” said Dr. John Mathieson, medical director, medical imaging,
Vancouver Island Health Authority. “By choosing McKesson for this initiative,
for the first time we’ll have the ability to run a comprehensive province-wide
quality improvement process, and be able to make some valuable changes that
will result in better reporting of imaging studies.”

McKesson QICS™ for Radiologist Peer Review offers real-time reviews in a fully
automated regulatory compliant solution, integrating to existing technology
and augmenting existing workflow. The system’s unique rules engine
intelligently selects the exams to be reviewed and routes them to the
appropriate radiologist based on subspecialty. In the past, a peer review
would occur days or weeks after a radiologist writes a report. With McKesson
QICS™ for Radiologist Peer Review, the review can occur before the radiology
report is sent to the ordering physician, so any necessary intervention or
corrections can be made in a timely manner.

“McKesson QICS™ for Radiologist Peer Review is uniquely designed to help
improve the exchange of information across large, complex hospital networks,”
said Kevan Torgerson, president, Enterprise Medical Imaging, McKesson Provider
Technologies. “We look forward to working with the British Columbia Ministry
of Health on this groundbreaking pilot. Our goal is to help organizations
maximize the value of this solution to drive excellence in the delivery of
better care, better business and better connectivity.”

About the British Columbia Ministry of Health

The British Columbia Ministry of Health has overall responsibility for
ensuring that quality, appropriate, cost effective and timely health services
are available for all British Columbians. The Ministry provides leadership,
direction and support to health service delivery partners and sets
province-wide goals, standards and expectations for the delivery of health
services. The Province’s six health authorities are the organizations
primarily responsible for health service delivery. Five regional health
authorities deliver a full continuum of health services to meet the needs of
the population within their respective geographic regions. A sixth health
authority, the Provincial Health Services Authority, is responsible for
managing province-wide health programs. The Ministry monitors the delivery of
health services and the health of British Columbia’s population on an ongoing
basis. These monitoring activities inform the Ministry’s strategic planning
and policy direction to ensure that the delivery of health services continues
to meet the needs of British Columbians now and in the future. For more
information, visit

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


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