Advanced Electronic Health Record to Help Providers Achieve Meaningful Use and More

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–McKesson’s Horizon Clinicals®, the industry’s most comprehensive software suite used by clinicians, patients and healthcare executives to promote high quality, safe care, has received Complete EHR certification — deeming the software capable of enabling providers to meet the Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Tested and certified under the Drummond Group’s Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) program, the EHR software is 2011/2012 compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

“Our teams have worked diligently to deliver the robust EHR our customers need to demonstrate meaningful use — from care standardization and interoperability to privacy and security updates to the content and analytics capabilities needed to enable accurate reporting as a byproduct of care” “Our teams have worked diligently to deliver the robust EHR our customers need to demonstrate meaningful use — from care standardization and interoperability to privacy and security updates to the content and analytics capabilities needed to enable accurate reporting as a byproduct of care,” said Jeremy Chandler, senior vice president, Customer Success for McKesson Provider Technologies. “Above and beyond this, we have focused on adoption and the need for a clinician-friendly workflow, which isn’t a requirement of certification but is certainly important in garnering clinician adoption of technology. We continue to partner with our customers to ensure that our solution meets the real-world needs of caregivers.”

Drummond Group’s ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that EHRs meet the meaningful use criteria for either eligible provider or hospital technology. In turn, healthcare providers using the EHR systems of certified vendors are qualified to receive federal stimulus monies upon demonstrating meaningful use of the technology — a key component of the federal government’s push to improve clinical care delivery through the adoption and effective use of EHRs by U.S. healthcare providers. “The need for EHRs in the U.S. healthcare system has been acknowledged for many years. Drummond Group is proud to work with leading healthcare vendors and help them offer certified technologies to health providers across the country. With more than 10 years of software testing experience carried out in several industries and with sophisticated software systems, we are confident in our ability to offer an effective and cost-efficient testing process to the healthcare industry,” says Rik Drummond, CEO of Drummond Group. “The snowball effect could mean great things for clinical care in our country. We can help IT vendors certify their EHR systems – vendors can then help providers implement the EHR solutions to achieve meaningful use and receive incentive funds – and ultimately providers can leverage the systems to improve clinical care across the nation.” “While we are pleased to reach this milestone, it is just one piece of a larger program designed to help our customers address the many challenges related to meaningful use that require leadership, governance and decision-making to successfully embrace EHRs,” said Chandler. “Through educational webinars that explain each objective and how to address it, as well as events and roundtables for IT and clinician leaders, McKesson has invested significantly in helping enterprises succeed during this period of unprecedented change.” Chandler also noted that McKesson is “ahead of the market in creating the needed connectivity for health information exchanges, so it’s truly exciting to see the entire healthcare industry move toward full EHR adoption to drive higher-quality and safer care delivery.”

About McKesson

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 14th 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 177-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 http://www.mckesson.com/. This Complete EHR is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ATCB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments. McKesson’s Horizon Clinicals 10.3.1 release certified on November 17, 2010, Certification ID 11172010-1558-8.