Paragon® Rated Best in KLAS® Community Hospital Information System for Seventh Consecutive Year

  Paragon® Rated Best in KLAS® Community Hospital Information System for
  Seventh Consecutive Year

 Single-database solution earns No. 2 spot in overall software suite rankings
                               for second year

Business Wire

ATLANTA -- January 8, 2013

For the seventh straight year, McKesson’s Paragon^® hospital information
system (HIS) was named Best in KLAS® Community Hospital Information System^1
in the 2012 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services report. Paragon’s seven
years in the No. 1 spot mark the most successive times that any product has
earned Best in KLAS in this category.

The report also rates Paragon No. 2 in overall software suite rankings for the
second consecutive year, a reflection of its continuing evolution into the
large hospital market. Continued growth and momentum in 2012 enabled Paragon
to add 50 new hospitals, 20 of which were over 200 beds.

“We chose to implement Paragon based on factors such as integration, the
familiar Microsoft® platform, and the overall breadth of functionality,” said
Bill Winnenberg, chief information officer, with St. Charles Health System, a
360-bed system based in Bend, Ore. “The Best in KLAS ranking is reassurance
that we made the right decision for our organization as we prepare to address
the challenges of healthcare reform.”

With its contemporary, Microsoft®-based platform, Paragon is an integrated
clinical and financial hospital information system designed to help meet the
needs of hospitals and health systems of all sizes. As a single-database
solution, Paragon HIS requires less hardware and fewer IT resources, and it
helps hospitals reduce the need to support and manage redundant data. In
addition, Paragon gives physicians a single point of access to patient
information and ordering capabilities. The solution offers a rapid time to
value through its quick implementation process. On average, organizations take
14 months to implement the broad suite of financial, clinical and physician

By enabling organizations to streamline their IT operations and optimize their
technology investment, Paragon is a strong lever in preparing for health
reform, a key focus of McKesson’s Better Health 2020™ strategy. Better Health
2020 aims to help customers address the complex challenges facing healthcare,
including the need to reduce costs, coordinate care, assume risk and manage
complex payment models.

“McKesson is dedicated to helping our hospital and health system partners make
meaningful improvements for better business and better patient care,” said Jim
Pesce, president of Paragon, McKesson Provider Technologies. “We are pleased
that KLAS has recognized Paragon once again as the No. 1 HIS, and we believe
these ratings are a testament to our focus on innovation and customer

The annual KLAS rankings are based on interviews with healthcare executives,
managers and clinicians at more than 4,500 hospitals and 2,500 clinics.
Measuring performance in product quality, implementation and support, the Best
in KLAS honor recognizes leadership in delivering excellence in customer

About KLAS

KLAS is a research firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by
enabling providers to be heard and to be counted. Working with thousands of
healthcare executives and clinicians, KLAS gathers data on software, services,
medical equipment, and infrastructure systems to deliver timely reports,
trends, and statistical overviews. The research directly represents the
provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance.
Founded in 1996, KLAS’ staff and advisory board members average 25 years of
healthcare information technology experience. For more information, go to, email, or call 1-800-920-4109
to speak with a KLAS representative. Follow KLAS on Twitter @KLASresearch.

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

^1 Source: 2012 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services report; December
2012,, © 2012 KLAS Enterprises, LLC. All rights reserved.


Yancey Casey, 404-338-2468
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