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Diagnostic imaging

Shriners system to implement McKesson PACS

ATLANTA – Shriners Hospitals for Children has announced that it will implement advanced healthcare information technology (IT) from McKesson across its 22-hospital system. The contract includes implementation of McKesson’s top-rated picture archiving and communication system (PACS), as well as technology services that will create a secondary data centre for improved disaster recovery.

With the Horizon Medical Imaging system, radiologists, surgeons and other caregivers at Shriners Hospitals and its affiliates will be able to electronically capture, retrieve, view and store medical images, from ultrasound to multi-slice CT, at multiple locations. The goal is better access to information, reduced turnaround times and, most importantly, improved patient safety.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a one-of-a-kind international system of 22 hospitals in the United States, Canada and Mexico. It provides specialty pediatric care to children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. Children up to age 18 are eligible for admission, and all care and services are provided at no charge, regardless of financial need or relationship to a Shriner.

“We’re geographically dispersed across three countries and six time zones, and PACS is helping enhance our ability to turn 22 independent hospitals into an integrated healthcare system,” explained Eugene R. D’Amore, corporate chief information officer for Shriners Hospital for Children. “Through better defined work processes and workflow and the replacement of X-ray film with digital images, our physicians will spend less time pushing paper and more time at the child’s bedside for more efficient and effective patient care. When it came to choosing a PACS vendor, McKesson had a better solution, backed by a reputation of reliability, availability and serviceability.”

McKesson’s Horizon Medical Imaging system is ranked “Best in KLAS” in the community health information system category in the 2006 Top 20:Year-End Best in KLAS report issued by KLAS Enterprises, LLC.

Using McKesson’s single, comprehensive solution to electronically handle its 250,000 diagnostic procedures each year, Shriners Hospitals’ goal is to eliminate the costs, delays, lost files and errors associated with films and manual handling. The move to electronic diagnostic imaging should also be more convenient for patients, as they will no longer need to carry cumbersome films from visit to visit. McKesson’s PACS solution automates clinical workflow, streamlining patient care from admission to discharge.

“Shriners Hospitals for Children provides coast-to-coast care for children, and it’s an honor to provide them with our comprehensive digital imaging technology,” said Rod O’Reilly, senior vice president, Medical Imaging Group, McKesson Provider Technologies. “PACS ensures more connected care by giving radiologists and surgeons simultaneous access to medical images and patient information in multiple locations. At the end of the day, that means faster and safer care for their young patients.”

About Shriners Hospitals for Children
It is the mission of Shriners Hospitals for Children to:
• Provide the highest quality care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and certain other special healthcare needs within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment.
• Provide for the education of physicians and other healthcare professionals
• Conduct research to discover new knowledge that improves the quality of life of children and families.
This mission is carried out without cost to the patient or family and without regard to financial need or relationship to a Shriner. For more information, visit

About McKesson Corporation
McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 18th 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. McKesson is the longest-operating company in healthcare today, and will mark 175 years of continuous operations in 2008. Over the course of its 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