SOURCE: McKesson Provider Technologies

December 04, 2006 09:55 ET

McKesson Expands Mobile Cabinet Solution Line

New Configuration Flexibility in CarePoint-RN Personal Workstations Designed to Accelerate Adoption of Patient Safety Technology at the Bedside

ANAHEIM, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 4, 2006 -- McKesson, the world's largest healthcare services, automation and information technology company, today announced several new versions of its breakthrough CarePoint-RN™ solution, a single, mobile cabinet that combines secure medication management and integrated wireless access to clinical patient care systems. The announcement comes in conjunction with the opening day of the 41st American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting & Exhibition, Dec. 3-7, in Anaheim, Calif. The expanded CarePoint-RN solution line features a new, robust software package that can interface with a hospital's existing clinical systems, regardless of vendor. The products also give hospitals a choice in onboard computing and power systems designed to support customer-supplied technology such as laptop computers, thin client and blade computing solutions. In combination, the new offerings provide hospitals greater flexibility to implement patient safety at the bedside -- where it's most effective -- and strengthen McKesson's commitment to help care providers improve patient safety and quality of care.

"From an asset management point of view, the expanded CarePoint-RN product line gives hospitals optimal flexibility in choosing solutions to fit within their IT structure and budget -- regardless of where they are in deploying bedside scanning initiatives," said David Souerwine, president of McKesson's automation unit. "From an end-user perspective, the software upgrades are designed to save nurses even more time and improve their ability to deliver safer, more efficient care."

The CarePoint-RN product line integrates the best of medication cabinet security and advanced clinical information and moves them to the bedside where they are most effective. Quantitative studies at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Spartanburg, S.C., show that the CarePoint-RN workstation can save nurses considerable time, returning up to 2 1/2 hours per nurse per shift.

CarePoint-RN is part of the McKesson CarePoint system, an integrated suite of world-class clinical software and automation solutions that drive clinical activities closer to the patient. From the bedside back to the loading dock, the CarePoint system promotes medication safety, reduces the burden on nursing and pharmacy labor, and lowers the cost of care. Only McKesson offers this complete, end-to-end system.

The new CarePoint-RN software package, installed on all CarePoint-RN models, includes powerful functionality that no other mobile nurse workstation offers, including:

--  Patient-profile dispensing capabilities - gives nurses the same user
    interface and control they are accustomed to using with AcuDose-Rx®
    medication cabinets.
--  Centralized PIN management - controls user access from a single,
    remote location, preventing unauthorized users from accessing the patient-
    specific medication drawers.
--  Medication tracking capability - enables pharmacy to know exactly
    where each patient-specific medication container and CarePoint-RN unit is
    for easy location and restocking.
    
Hardware options include purchasing CarePoint-RN units with or without embedded PC, LCD monitor, bar-code imager, keyboard, and mouse, and the power scaled to the required components.

About McKesson

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 16th on the FORTUNE 500, is a 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 173-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: www.mckesson.com.

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