Fully-integrated environment to drive productivity and better patient care for community hospital
ATLANTA, Jan. 31, 2012 – St. Mark’s Medical Center recently announced that McKesson’s market-leading Horizon Medical ImagingTM picture archiving communications system (PACS) will replace its aging legacy medical imaging solution. In addition to streamlining workflow, the community hospital in LaGrange, Texas, expects to increase inter-departmental collaboration and enhance radiologists’ productivity while reducing overall departmental costs. Horizon Medical Imaging creates a fully-integrated environment to help providers analyze and archive medical images and diagnostic reports, making them available across the enterprise. Hospital executives look forward to optimizing efficiency and reducing regulatory risk by using Horizon Medical Imaging with McKesson’s Paragon® hospital information system.
“Like most small facilities, we were concerned about functionality and affordability when choosing a PACS solution,” said Nathan Staggs, president and CEO, St. Mark’s Medical Center. “Our physicians and staff were impressed with McKesson’s solution. The system works well within our healthcare IT infrastructure and will help us meet our clinical workflow needs and reduce per-patient costs.”
The hospital also selected McKesson’s Horizon Medical Imaging Mammography PlusTM to handle reading and diagnosis of digital mammography images. With patients’ current and historical images as well as radiologists’ reports embedded within the medical record, St. Mark’s physicians will have a more complete medical history of each patient.
“Healthcare providers across the country are continually faced with regulatory changes and new technology. The need for a robust, cost-effective PACS solution to integrate patient images and reports has never been greater,” said Kevan Torgerson, president, Enterprise Medical Imaging, McKesson Provider Technologies. “Regardless of a facility’s size, we offer imaging technologies that enable the sharing of critical patient data. Our goal has always been to help our customers accelerate clinical diagnoses and provide better care for their patients.”
About St. Mark’s Medical Center
St. Mark’s Medical Center is a not-for-profit community hospital in LaGrange, Texas. It serves the needs of patients in the central Texas communities of Fayette and Lee Counties. St. Mark’s Medical Center provides an array of comprehensive healthcare services that range widely from surgical services, a birthing center and specialist care to cardiac rehabilitation, emergency medicine and general acute care services. St. Mark’s also offers state of the art imaging and certified laboratory services.
McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 15th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better. We partner with payers, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting. McKesson helps its customers improve their financial, operational, and clinical performance with solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information technology, and business and clinical services. For more information, visit http://www.mckesson.com.