SOURCE: McKessson

March 16, 2006 12:32 ET

McKesson Signs 500th Surgery Software Customer

Catholic Healthcare West Chooses Horizon Surgical Manager to Improve Patient Safety, Optimize OR Capacity, Reduce Costs

ATLANTA, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 16, 2006 -- Reflecting a growing trend by hospitals to automate the administrative and clinical aspects of surgical care, San Francisco-based Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) became the 500th hospital organization to select McKesson's Horizon Surgical Manager™ solution. CHW will deploy the surgical management solution across seven hospitals throughout the western United States. Part of the Horizon Clinicals® suite, Horizon Surgical Manager™ offers real-time perioperative charting, physiological recording, enterprise scheduling and anesthesia documentation at the point of care.

The growing popularity of Horizon Surgical Manager reflects a trend in the OR automation market toward complete administrative and clinical applications that integrate all aspects of managing the surgical suite, from scheduling and supply management to clinical documentation and performance management and improvement.

"McKesson is partnering with an increasing number of hospitals that are seeking to better manage patient flow, labor and supply resources, patient outcomes and the costs associated with surgical care," said Duncan James, group president of Business Performance Solutions, McKesson Provider Technologies. "Tying together the clinical and business aspects of patient care is particularly critical in the OR, which can generate as much as 40 percent of an organization's costs and more than 60 percent of its profits. Horizon Surgical Manager helps providers meet their patient safety and financial objectives by improving efficiencies, optimizing capacity, reducing variability and providing more complete data capture."

Using Horizon Surgical Manager, CHW operating room staff will be able to document utilization of time and materials for each operation while tracking patient progress for waiting families. To help ensure greater patient safety, the solution provides OR nurses with electronic clinical documentation that uses automated flagging for missing patient data such as tests, consent forms and consults. Caregivers also can use automated performance scorecards to identify opportunities for improving financial and patient outcomes based on comparisons of hospital and national benchmark data gathered through real-time perioperative charting (including patient tracking, patient status and anesthesia documentation) combined with key supply management data. The perioperative charting component incorporates the Perioperative Nursing Data Set (PNDS) developed in conjunction with the Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN).

About McKesson

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 15th 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: http://mpt.mckesson.com.

About Catholic Healthcare West

Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), headquartered in San Francisco, CA, is a system of 40 hospitals and medical centers in California, Arizona and Nevada. Founded in 1986, it is one of the nation's largest not-for-profit health care systems and the largest Catholic health care system based in the Western United States. CHW is committed to delivering compassionate, high quality, affordable health care services with special attention to the poor and underserved. The CHW network of more than 7,500 physicians and approximately 44,000 employees provides health care services to more than four million people annually. In 2005, CHW provided $623 million in charity care and unsponsored community benefit. For more information, please visit CHW's Web site at www.chwHEALTH.org.

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