August 14, 2008

Marengo Memorial Selects McKesson Technology to Connect Community Caregivers

Marengo Memorial Hospital will be deploying McKesson's Paragon(R) community hospital information system (HIS) as part of a plan to use technology to improve patient care and operational efficiency to better serve its largely rural service region. The 25-bed critical access hospital (CAH) in Marengo, Iowa, also will roll out McKesson's Practice Partner(R) fully integrated electronic health record (EHR) and practice management solution to connect the hospital with its nearby outpatient clinic. The initiative will create a secure, up-to-date electronic patient record that can be accessed by authorized care givers regardless of where the patient receives care in the hospital's community.

By selecting the affordable and highly-rated Paragon HIS solution, Marengo will have the tools needed to deploy a comprehensive EHR solution that provides easy to use clinicals for increased patient safety and financial management capabilities. The Paragon solution utilizes Microsoft(R) Technology that reduces training time because of user familiarity with the Microsoft Windows interface. Reduced training for new and existing employees, along with other non-propriety technology, reduces the hospital's total cost of ownership. This integrated IT solution is constructed on technology that offers the hospital the ability to streamline processes from scheduling and registration through final payment. It also provides administrators with greater insight on hospital operations.

"Paragon was an easy choice because it's built for critical access and community hospitals," said Nancy Kohrt, chief financial officer, Marengo. "If we had to look to the larger systems to get this kind of functionality, we would not have been able to afford them."

Physicians and nurse practitioners in Marengo's outpatient clinic will have integrated access to the EHR, thanks to McKesson's Practice Partner Patient Records, an award-winning certified ambulatory EHR for medical practices. Patient information including hospital test results will be readily available to the caregiver from within the EHR, and outpatient physician orders will flow to the hospital. The system also offers a unique note-centric design for quick and easy charting. With ready access to the right information at the right time and improved documentation at the point of contact, physicians can make safer, more informed decisions as they treat patients - ultimately helping to improve outcomes.

"One of our primary goals is to improve service to the patient," said Kohrt. "The integration between Paragon and Practice Partner means that a patient can go to the clinic, register once there, come over to the hospital, have further services performed and not have to go through the whole registration process again."

Implementing modern healthcare technology is just one aspect of Marengo's ongoing program to offer higher levels of service to patients who otherwise might be forced to travel to larger hospitals in neighboring cities.

"McKesson understands that the success of community hospitals is critical to patients receiving both local and personal high quality care," said Duncan James, group president, Health Systems Solutions, McKesson Provider Technologies. "And we are focused on providing specific solutions that benefit the community setting."

For the second consecutive year, the Paragon HIS was named Best in KLAS in the community hospital information system category in the Top 20: 2007 Year-End Best in KLAS report issued by KLAS Enterprises, LLC. The Practice Partner EHR is CCHIT Certified(SM) for CCHIT Ambulatory EHR 2007 and received top ratings in the 2008 AC Group Practice Management System (PMS) and EHR Vendor Functionality and Company Rating Report. Both solutions use industry-standard, Microsoft technology, which protects an organization's ongoing investment and makes the operating system familiar to virtually all computer users.

About KLAS

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About Marengo Memorial Hospital

Located in Marengo, Iowa, Marengo is a 25-bed critical access hospital serving the needs of residents in the heart of the Iowa River Valley. The hospital was established in 1956 and today provides inpatient services at four levels of care including acute, observation, skilled nursing, and extended care.

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, marking its 175th anniversary this year. 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