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Good Samaritan Hospital selects McKesson to provide enterprise-wide PACS support

McKesson UK : 21 November, 2007  (New Product)
Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, California, USA, has selected McKesson’s Horizon Medical Imaging picture archiving and communication system (PACS) and Horizon Cardiology cardiovascular image and information management solution (CVIS).
By implementing traditionally department-centric systems with an enterprise-wide approach, Good Samaritan Hospital expects to improve clinician workflow within both departments, improve continuity of care across settings, and create a technology platform to save costs and enable future growth.

New plans call for Good Samaritan Hospital to upgrade and standardize the technology infrastructure in its cardiovascular department to deliver a single, integrated system that provides physicians access to imaging, haemodynamics, and clinical information at any time.

“Our goal is to continue to provide high-quality care for our patients and provide our physicians additional tools to help them make critical clinical decisions,” said Cindy Moeller, vice president of Information Systems at Good Samaritan Hospital. “With this new system, our physicians can now access patient information in real-time at their fingertips and in a secure setting. This greatly improves clinical workflow efficiency in both the radiology and cardiology departments.”

The Horizon Cardiology solution provides the industry’s only single-platform solution for all cardiovascular information cath, echo, and haemodynamics as well as link with patient information from other sources. The system provides cardiovascular image management, archiving, procedural reporting and workflow management. The single integrated database for all cardiovascular images and information eliminates redundant data entry, thus improving patient care. In addition, comprehensive web tools decrease report turnaround time and accommodate the physician's hectic schedule.

In Good Samaritan Hospital’s cardiology department, which performs 1,500 interventions and 2,000 peripheral cases per year, the Horizon Cardiology system will replace disparate systems that involve multiple user sign-ins and an inefficient dictation and transcription process. In addition to significantly improved report turnaround time and lower costs, the system will enable the hospital to grow its caseload capabilities and enhance its technology infrastructure. Future plans include linking Horizon Cardiology into the hospital’s purchasing and billing systems.

The Horizon Medical Imaging PACS went live at Good Samaritan Hospital in early November, giving radiologists instant, simultaneous access to radiology studies and the ability to share those images across the hospital and to referring physicians.

The system integrates images from multiple modalities with clinical patient data, streamlining radiology department workflow and improving radiologist efficiency. The solution also provides referring physicians with patient images as part of a complete medical record, improving decision making and helping to ensure patient safety.

“Healthcare today is about networking information to give secure, universal access and to aggregate the patient information into one record,” said Rod O’Reilly, vice president and general manager of McKesson’s Medical Imaging Group. “Good Samaritan has entrusted us to provide solutions that will make a positive difference in their workflow and care quality. We are pleased to be partnering with them and look forward to integrating Horizon Cardiology into their hospital environment.”

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