McKesson makes ambulatory move

Paragon information system now for physician practices
By Mike Miliard
10:32 AM
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McKesson on Monday made its Paragon Ambulatory Care Practice Management technology available for physician practices, extending its single database hospital information system into outpatient settings.

McKesson officials say the system gives practices a single patient record with the same look and feel of Paragon HIS, while offering ambulatory capabilities such as billing, registration, scheduling, personal health record, patient education and health maintenance support.

The tool is designed for hospital-owned practices of all sizes, officials say, from single-doc facilities to large organizations with hundreds of physicians.

“Practice Management allows us to use Paragon in our clinics, and this reduces costs and simplifies our IT environment,” said Danette Kramer, chief financial officer of Manchester, Iowa-based Regional Medical Center, in a press statement. “Having a single system provides continuity to the clinicians and staff across our health system, while also increasing patient satisfaction by making their data available in both the clinic and the hospital settings.”

Paragon HIS is a central part of McKesson’s Better Health 2020 program, which focuses on technologies to help organizations reduce costs, improve quality, coordinate care and navigate new payment models.

Extending the database to the ambulatory care setting, will help physicians adjust to the post-health reform era, officials say.

"Making the Paragon solution available in the ambulatory care setting further exhibits how McKesson is delivering on its vision of creating an affordable, contemporary, integrated solution that meets the clinical and financial needs of America’s hospitals and health systems," said Jim Pesce, McKesson's president, enterprise information solutions, in a statement.

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