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McKesson wins evidence-based clinical decision software contract from US Army

McKesson UK : 15 August, 2008  (Company News)
McKesson has won a contract for a full suite of InterQual evidence-based clinical decision products to support the medical management goals of Tricare Management Activity for beneficiaries in the Military Health System.
The contract, awarded by the US Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity following a competitive process, continues a relationship between McKesson and the US military that began in 1992.

With the addition of an enhanced version of InterQual Online, McKesson’s hosted web-based application, InterQual solutions will be used throughout the large and diverse Military Health System to help optimise healthcare outcomes.

“InterQual’s track record with government entities and hospitals extends over 30 years, and is at the root of InterQual’s widespread adoption today - including use among commercial payors across the country,” said Dr Emad Rizk, president of McKesson Health Solutions. “We attribute its extensive implementation to clinical integrity. McKesson constantly invests in the development and maintenance of the criteria and we are proud that they are widely regarded as the most current and scientifically based platform available for informing care decisions.”

The contract includes an array of InterQual criteria products for Acute, Long-Term Acute Care, Rehabilitation, Subacute and SNF, Home Care, Outpatient Rehabilitation and Chiropractic, Behavioral Health, Imaging, Procedures, Specialty Referral and Durable Medical Equipment.

The Military Health System also contracted to use the InterQual Interrater Reliability Suite for testing reviewers, which helps to ensure the appropriate and consistent use of InterQual Criteria. In addition, McKesson will provide a series of customised trainings through onsite, virtual classroom and Web-based training courses.

“We are continually exploring ways to add value to our many long-standing relationships,” said Tammie Phillips, vice president of InterQual for McKesson Health Solutions. “McKesson’s newest InterQual Online offering is a great example of how we listen to and meet the Military Health System’s needs. It allows reviewers to apply InterQual Criteria for a specific patient without entering identifying information, then transfer the results into their own secure software system. The benefit is greater efficiency combined with the privacy protection they require.”

In addition to the InterQual solutions used in the Military Health System, McKesson provides nurse advice line services to Tricare Europe and is the sole distributor for pharmaceutical distribution services to the Tricare Mail Order Pharmacy.
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