Health authorities tap McKesson QICS™ by peerVue to advance radiology care
ATLANTA, Dec.11, 2012 - The British Columbia Ministry of Health has selected McKesson as vendor of choice for its radiologist peer review initiative, the single largest cross-facility initiative of its kind in North America. As part of its ongoing quality improvement program, the Ministry of Health will use McKesson QICS™ for Radiologist Peer Review in a pilot to help modernize medical imaging processes and improve quality of care.
The Vancouver Island Health Authority will be first to roll out McKesson's solution as part of the initial phase of the program, which includes more than 200 radiologists. In later stages, this provincial project will span a region that is 1.4 times larger than the state of Texas and involves radiologists reviewing more than 3.5 million exams conducted annually.
McKesson QICS™ for Radiologist Peer Review allows organizations to monitor the entire imaging review process, and integrates with multiple picture archiving communication systems (PACS) to support cross-facility peer review. The pilot will demonstrate the ability for a case that is initially read by a radiologist, at one health authority, to be peer- reviewed anonymously by a radiologist located in a different location and on a separate PACS.
"Conducting peer review of radiologist reports is challenging, particularly across distinct infrastructures, hospital systems and PACS we have throughout our province," said Dr. John Mathieson, medical director, medical imaging, Vancouver Island Health Authority. "By choosing McKesson for this initiative, for the first time we'll have the ability to run a comprehensive province-wide quality improvement process, and be able to make some valuable changes that will result in better reporting of imaging studies."
McKesson QICS™ for Radiologist Peer Review offers real-time reviews in a fully automated regulatory compliant solution, integrating to existing technology and augmenting existing workflow. The system's unique rules engine intelligently selects the exams to be reviewed and routes them to the appropriate radiologist based on subspecialty. In the past, a peer review would occur days or weeks after a radiologist writes a report. With McKesson QICS™ for Radiologist Peer Review, the review can occur before the radiology report is sent to the ordering physician, so any necessary intervention or corrections can be made in a timely manner.
"McKesson QICS™ for Radiologist Peer Review is uniquely designed to help improve the exchange of information across large, complex hospital networks," said Kevan Torgerson, president, Enterprise Medical Imaging, McKesson Provider Technologies. "We look forward to working with the British Columbia Ministry of Health on this groundbreaking pilot. Our goal is to help organizations maximize the value of this solution to drive excellence in the delivery of better care, better business and better connectivity."
About the British Columbia Ministry of Health
The British Columbia Ministry of Health has overall responsibility for ensuring that quality, appropriate, cost effective and timely health services are available for all British Columbians. The Ministry provides leadership, direction and support to health service delivery partners and sets province-wide goals, standards and expectations for the delivery of health services. The Province's six health authorities are the organizations primarily responsible for health service delivery. Five regional health authorities deliver a full continuum of health services to meet the needs of the population within their respective geographic regions. A sixth health authority, the Provincial Health Services Authority, is responsible for managing province-wide health programs. The Ministry monitors the delivery of health services and the health of British Columbia's population on an ongoing basis. These monitoring activities inform the Ministry's strategic planning and policy direction to ensure that the delivery of health services continues to meet the needs of British Columbians now and in the future. For more information, visit http://www.gov.bc.ca/health/.
About McKesson Corporation
McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 14th 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 us at www.mckesson.com.
Yancey Casey, McKesson