SOURCE: McKesson

November 28, 2005 08:46 ET

McKesson Debuts Horizon Optical Imaging Solution at 2005 RSNA

New Solution Advances Enterprisewide Approach to Medical Imaging

CHICAGO, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 28, 2005 -- McKesson announces the market introduction of the Horizon Optical Imaging™ solution, a unique optical imaging product designed to enable digital automation of diagnostic specialties across the healthcare enterprise. The new solution enables clinicians to take an analog optical device, such as an endoscope, and turn it into a fully DICOM-enabled digital modality to enable digital capture of still and cine images. Image storage, archiving and viewing is supported by McKesson's Horizon Medical Imaging™ PACS, making the images readily available across the enterprise for comparison, consultation, teaching, conferencing and patient education.

The initial release of the Horizon Optical Imaging solution provides endoscopic images and information generated by otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat). The new solution will premiere at RSNA 2005, Nov. 27 - Dec. 1, in Chicago, Ill.

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wis., has deployed 14 Horizon Optical Imaging Image Capture Stations and four Horizon Rad Station™ workstations in its otolaryngology clinic, which sees 10,000 exams performed each year. "Integrating visible light and radiology images using our PACS enables our organization to enhance patient satisfaction, improve the quality of care and reduce costs associated with follow-up visits," said Gary Wendt, MD, MBA, associate professor of radiology, vice-chair of informatics, University of Wisconsin Medical Center. "For example, by viewing endoscopic images alongside radiology images, the physician may be able to immediately determine that a tumor is not malignant. In such a case, the patient is saved needless worry between exam and follow-up care, and we also avoid a biopsy."

The Horizon Optical Imaging solution closely follows the successful introduction of McKesson's cardiovascular image and information management solution in August 2005. The Horizon Optical Imaging solution represents the next integrated solution in McKesson's ever-expanding enterprise imaging and information management portfolio, which addresses medical specialties across the healthcare enterprise. This unique, enterprisewide approach enables organizations to take advantage of specialty-specific workstations while building an integrated image repository that manages all of the images and information captured throughout the care continuum.

"McKesson's strategy is to expand its electronic health record solution by image-enabling diagnostic specialties across the healthcare enterprise," said Sunny Sanyal, group president, McKesson Clinical Solutions. "Healthcare organizations use images in many different medical specialties, including cardiology, endoscopy, ophthalmology and pathology. By incorporating images and the clinical information they provide, we can help customers improve the safety and quality of patient care by enabling access to complete electronic health records."

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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 by providing pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management across the spectrum of care; healthcare information technology for hospitals, physicians, homecare and payors; hospital and retail pharmacy automation; and services for manufacturers and payors designed to improve outcomes for patients. For more information:

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