SOURCE: McKesson

November 15, 2005 10:25 ET

Major IT Transformation Enables Electronic Health Records at Bloomington Hospital

Go-Live of 18 McKesson Applications Is Highly Successful

ATLANTA, GA and BLOOMINGTON, IN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 15, 2005 -- Just 12 months after contract signing, Bloomington Hospital went live Oct. 1 on 18 McKesson solutions that are core to helping the hospital enhance patient outcomes and equip its caregivers with next-generation technology. Physicians are now connected to the hospital through the HorizonWP® Physician Portal, giving them secure access to patient medical histories, test results, medication orders and other data needed for informed decision making. Nurses and other members of the care team are charting patient information electronically and simultaneously reviewing the patients' comprehensive electronic medical records. From a business office perspective, the health system is managing its administrative and financial operations using McKesson's STAR 2000™ healthcare information system.

"I speak for the board of directors and all of our leadership when I say that this was one of the most extensive, well planned and important endeavors that we've ever undertaken," said Mark Moore, Bloomington Hospital's president and chief executive officer. "Our new enterprise system will significantly enhance clinical decision making, patient safety, efficiency, and the overall quality that we render to our patients."

Bloomington Hospital is an integrated healthcare network serving a nine-county patient base of 367,000 people in south central Indiana. A not-for-profit regional referral center, the hospital offers a full continuum of care through two acute-care hospitals comprising 380 licensed beds, three long-term care facilities, an imaging center, two urgent care centers, five physician practices, and 160 departments on the main campus in Bloomington. The smooth go-live represented a conversion from systems remotely hosted by a Siemens data center. It also included a new IT network infrastructure and wireless capabilities to support caregiver mobility. In addition, McKesson worked with Bloomington Hospital's business office staff to optimize revenue cycle processes before implementing new software solutions, ensuring that accounts receivable days remained low and financial operations ran efficiently.

"This is an unprecedented milestone for our organization and the communities we serve," said Mark McMath, vice president and chief information officer at Bloomington Hospital. "It proves that there is a tremendous amount of power and value in good partnerships and a common vision."

In the second phase of its comprehensive health IT transformation, Bloomington Hospital will implement financial and materials management systems to increase operational efficiencies. It will also implement an advanced diagnostic imaging system and an emergency department system as well as e-prescribing and ambulatory care systems for community physicians. Over time, the hospital plans to implement a full range of solutions for medication management to improve efficiency and patient safety, including automated medication dispensing cabinets and bar-code scanning of medications at the bedside.

"The project at Bloomington Hospital was truly a transformational effort," said Pamela J. Pure, president of McKesson Provider Technologies. "It is no small feat to completely replace the technology infrastructure and to implement a new clinical and business system in 12 months. The executive team at the hospital led by example, and shared vision, governance and teamwork were the keys to success at all levels. It's exciting to see how these systems are already making care safer, and we look forward to continued success as we partner with Bloomington Hospital to transform care in its community."

About Bloomington Hospital

Bloomington Hospital in Bloomington, Ind., is a not-for-profit regional referral center serving a patient base of 367,000 in nine counties. Celebrating its centennial anniversary in 2005, the hospital provides a full continuum of health care services, including heart care, cancer care, rehabilitation services, orthopedic care, behavioral health care, and care for women and children. Bloomington Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and exists to provide comprehensive, high quality, cost-effective and caring services to the people in south central Indiana.

About McKesson

McKesson Corporation is a Fortune 15 healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to helping its customers deliver high-quality healthcare by reducing costs, streamlining processes and improving the quality and safety of patient care. Over the course of its 172-year history, McKesson has grown to provide pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management across the spectrum of care; healthcare information technology for hospitals, homecare and payors; hospital and retail pharmacy automation; and services for manufacturers and payors designed to improve outcomes for patients. For more information, visit us at

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