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Shriners Hospitals for Children to implement McKesson’s PACS across 22 hospitals

McKesson UK : 19 November, 2007  (New Product)
Shriners Hospitals for Children plans to implement advanced health care information technology (IT) from McKesson across its 22-hospital system.
The contract includes implementation of McKesson’s top-rated picture archiving and communication system (PACS) as well as technology services that will create a secondary data centre for improved disaster recovery.

With the Horizon Medical Imaging system, radiologists, surgeons and other caregivers at Shriners Hospitals and its affiliates will be able to electronically capture, retrieve, view and store medical images, from Ultrasound to multi-slice CT, at multiple locations. The goal is better access to information, reduced turnaround times and, most importantly, improved patient safety.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a one-of-a-kind international system of 22 hospitals in the USA, Canada and Mexico. The hospital provides specialty paediatric care to children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. Children up to age 18 are eligible for admission, and all care and services are provided at no charge, regardless of financial need or relationship to a Shriner.

“We’re geographically dispersed across three countries and six time zones, and PACS is helping enhance our ability to turn 22 independent hospitals into an integrated health care system,” explained Eugene R D’Amore, corporate chief information officer for Shriners Hospital for Children. “Through better defined work processes and workflow and the replacement of X-ray film with digital images, our physicians will spend less time pushing paper and more time at the child’s bedside for more efficient and effective patient care. When it came to choosing a PACS vendor, McKesson had a better solution, backed by a reputation of reliability, availability and serviceability.”

Using McKesson’s single, comprehensive solution to electronically handle its 250,000 diagnostic procedures each year, Shriners Hospitals’ goal is to eliminate the costs, delays, lost files and errors associated with films and manual handling. The move to electronic diagnostic imaging should also be more convenient for patients, as they will no longer need to carry cumbersome films from visit to visit. McKesson’s PACS solution automates clinical workflow, streamlining patient care from admission to discharge.

“Shriners Hospitals for Children provides coast-to-coast care for children, and it is an honour to provide them with our comprehensive digital imaging technology,” said Rod O’Reilly, senior vice president, Medical Imaging Group, McKesson Provider Technologies. “PACS ensures more connected care by giving radiologists and surgeons simultaneous access to medical images and patient information in multiple locations. At the end of the day, that means faster and safer care for their young patients.”

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