McKesson and Infor join forces for supply chain efficiencies

The partnership puts a premium on accelerating cloud-based gains.
By Mike Miliard
11:36 AM
McKesson Infor supply chain

McKesson Enterprise Information Solutions has teamed with Infor for a go-to-market partnership aimed at helping healthcare organizations reduce costs by better managing their supply chains.

The partnership has two major components. With the first, Infor – which acquired Lawson Software in 2012, and automates more than 70 percent of large U.S. hospitals – will offer its customers and prospects McKesson Strategic Supply Sourcing: cloud-based supply chain technology that enables savings on surgical supplies through better contract compliance and helps spot opportunities for cost savings.

Through the second part of the deal, McKesson EIS will offer Infor CloudSuite Healthcare, a group of apps focused on financial, human capital and supply chain management capabilities. Augmenting EIS solutions with Infor CloudSuite Healthcare will enable EIS to further modernize its enterprise resource planning portfolio and help more hospital customers move to cloud-based platforms, officials say.

"We believe industry investments in cloud-based applications will continue to accelerate, while advancing to meet hospital challenges to enable accounting, operations management and reporting," said Russell Smith, senior vice president of enterprise workflow solutions at McKesson.

With integration between McKesson Strategic Supply Sourcing and Infor CloudSuite Healthcare, users can experience a more comprehensive ERP Suite that provides modern architecture while also enjoying improved workflow and reduced supply costs, officials say.

"With revenues decreasing throughout the industry, supply cost control has become more critical than ever," said Michael Poling, senior vice president and general manager of Infor Healthcare, in a statement. "By partnering with McKesson, Infor is able to provide customers an integrated cloud ERP suite with supply chain procurement capabilities to help drive sustainable savings within a healthcare organization."

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