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BryanLGH selects McKesson to upgrade its PACS technology

McKesson UK : 21 November, 2007  (New Product)
BryanLGH Medical Center, a nationally ranked medical organization located at Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, has selected McKesson's Horizon Medical Imaging picture archiving and communication system (PACS) to replace its legacy PACS.
BryanLGH Medical Center owns two hospitals and two imaging centres out of which its radiologists conduct approximately 150,000 exams on an annual basis. McKesson currently is engaged in migrating 800,000 existing archives into its PACS systems, with a simultaneous go-live expected in March 2008.

With strong Ultrasound capabilities, integrated 3D image viewing, and integrated reporting and communication tools, McKesson’s comprehensive PACS system will eliminate the need for BryanLGH radiologists to move from one workstation to another to complete studies involving advanced visualisation and analysis.

To further reduce turnaround times, the system will replace an inefficient paper-driven dictation process and enable radiologists to launch dictation capabilities with a simple keystroke.

“We were limited by old technology that lacked software compatibility between newer modalities and the existing image display and storage system,” said Sharon Harms, radiology director for BryanLGH Medical Center. “With the variety of patient images and data involved in a typical case today, extra steps and workarounds were necessary to collect and display information. We were also challenged with managing the paper and third-party processes that were a daily part of our department.”

After a thorough search, BryanLGH selected McKesson based on the strength of its products, technology and support. “We considered many companies and determined that McKesson is the best provider of this product type in the market today,” said Harms.

“In addition to superior technology and support, the fact that they have the ability to migrate our archives was impressive. We also were swayed by McKesson’s track record in implementations and customer service. They gave us confidence that they can handle a multi-site installation like ours and will be a reliable partner for the long run.”

The solution enables hospitals and clinics to acquire, distribute and archive medical images and diagnostic reports across the enterprise. The Horizon Medical Imaging PACS integrates images from multiple modalities with clinical patient data, streamlining radiology department workflow and improving radiologist efficiency. The system also provides referring physicians with patient images as part of a complete medical record, improving decision-making and helping to ensure patient safety.

According to Rod O'Reilly, vice president and general manager of McKesson's Medical Imaging Group, BryanLGH Medical Center exemplifies why healthcare organizations are turning to McKesson’s comprehensive information technology solution, to seamlessly expand the reach and access of images and information.

“Like many of our customers seeking a replacement technology, BryanLGH Medical Center recognises an information technology approach to imaging and reporting can strengthen the efficiency of the radiology department, while at the same time, enhance their ability to carry out the hospital's mission of patient care and service to the community,” he said. “As a result of the proliferation of 64-slice CT imaging, the management of large data sets necessitates the use of enterprise-wide advanced visualisation and analysis integrated with PACS. We are looking forward to a smooth and efficient installation and to helping this customer realise the operational efficiencies we believe our system can provide.”

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