SOURCE: McKesson

July 19, 2005 11:02 ET

McKesson Executive Retreat to Highlight Role of IT in Healthcare Transformation

Nation's Top Healthcare Leaders Will Share Best Practices and Explore Key Issues

ATLANTA, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 19, 2005 -- Amid growing calls for a safer and more efficient healthcare system, this week McKesson will convene some of the nation's top leaders -- both inside and outside healthcare -- to discuss the best practices and strategies for using IT to overcome challenges in healthcare transformation. McKesson's 15th Annual Executive Retreat, to be held starting today in Colorado Springs, Colo., will feature speakers such as the CEO of a Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award-winning health system, the former chairman and CEO of IBM and the CEO of Intel joining top executives from McKesson. The conference will also feature senior leaders from Duke University Hospital, IASIS Healthcare and Methodist Medical Center of Peoria, Ill., to name a few.

The invitational event, which has reached record registration levels this year, will examine some of healthcare's most challenging topics including medication management, physician alignment and pay-for-performance. The group will also explore the potential development of a national health information network.

"By convening top leaders from inside and outside our customer base, McKesson is providing a unique opportunity to learn from the experiences of others," said Pamela Pure, president of McKesson Provider Technologies. "How can technology eliminate medication errors? How do you implement a clinical system in six months? What does it take to create a connected community? How do you get 450 physicians to use a clinical decision support system in less than a year? What does success look like under pay-for-performance? The retreat will answer these and other questions that CEOs are dealing with on a daily basis."

In a keynote address by Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., the former IBM chairman and CEO who engineered one of the most dramatic corporate transformations in history, participants will learn how to effectively define strategies, align resources, and drive solid execution. In addition, legendary Duke University men's head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, 12-time National Coach of the Year who has guided the Blue Devils to three national championships, will discuss motivational techniques, leadership skills, and teamwork strategies to achieve success.

John Hammergren, CEO and chairman of McKesson, will discuss the role of leadership and cultural change to drive quality, speed and execution by improving processes and business integration. The retreat will also feature a presentation by G. Richard Hastings, president and CEO of Saint Luke's Health System (Kansas City, Mo.), who used IT as a tool for identifying and measuring quality improvements that led to a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Other guests include William J. Fulkerson Jr., M.D., CEO and CMO of Duke University Hospital, and Asif Ahmad, vice president and CIO of Duke University Health System, who will discuss Duke's rapid adoption of a clinical decision support and computerized provider order entry system (CDS/CPOE).

Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel Corporation, and Louis Burns, vice president and general manager of Intel's Digital Health Group, will review emerging technologies and their impact on healthcare. In addition, PBS Health Correspondent Susan Dentzer will lead distinguished hospital executives in a thought-provoking panel discussion of pay-for-performance trends shaping healthcare's future. The retreat -- which includes executive participation from the American Hospital Association, Aetna, and numerous leading health systems -- will offer in-depth sessions analyzing:

--  Automated Documentation and Advanced Clinicals - Sandra McRee,
    president and COO of IASIS Healthcare, and Leigh Vandenberg, R.N.,
    C.N.O.R., director of clinical systems for IASIS, will summarize their
    integrated effort to rapidly automate documentation and advanced clinical
    processes across multiple facilities.
--  Developing Ambulatory Strategies - Michael Bryant, president and CEO
    of Methodist Medical Center of Illinois, and Dallis Howard-Crow, senior
    vice president and acting CIO, will review groundbreaking approaches to
    linking ambulatory care units to hospitals.
--  Building Digital Healthcare Communities - IT leaders will discuss how
    healthcare organizations will soon be able to triage patients before they
    enter the emergency room by blending traditional communication networks
    with WiMax and RFID technologies to link to local emergency, fire, police
    and other municipal services.
McKesson's Annual Retreat 2005 is part of the company's Executive Program Series to advance healthcare industry quality and safety through educational forums that promote best practices and recognize leadership. For more information on McKesson's Executive Retreat 2005, contact Paul Adams at 404-338-3414.

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 170-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, visit

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