QHR announces alliance with McKesson Canada
(Canada Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge)
KELOWNA, BC, March 6, 2013 /CNW/ - (TSX-V: QHR) QHR Technologies Inc., a leader in the health care information
technology sector, announces that its Electronic Medical Records
("EMR") division and McKesson Canada's RelayHealth have formed an
alliance to bring their industry leading technologies together to
improve efficiencies between Canadian health care providers and
patients. This collaboration will enable increased visibility and
sharing of private records for both clinics and patients across the
The integration of QHR's Accuro®EMR system with McKesson Canada's
RelayHealth service brings two key components of the health care system
together. Currently, patient information in the doctor's EMR is not
consistently shared among the care teams in various treatment settings.
With Accuro being at the point-of-care in the community, it makes
perfect sense to synchronize these records with RelayHealth, a
web-based service that provides complete and secure information flow of
a patient's record to all authorized health care providers.
"It is a shared vision for both QHR and McKesson Canada, to bring
information together for our clinicians and patients in a seamless
manner. Both systems are secure and the privacy of records is of the
utmost importance," says Al Hildebrandt, CEO of QHR Technologies Inc.
In addition to integrating with all EMRs and providing a fully
interoperable solution, RelayHealth offers a patient portal that
enables individuals to view their own medical records. This ensures
information for hospitals, long term care, community care and emergency
care providers is as comprehensive as possible.
Quality patient care is dependent on the smooth and timely transfer of
information between different treatment settings. By facilitating
information exchange and medical collaboration, RelayHealth can
accelerate access to care, decrease waiting times, enable better,
faster diagnosis, improve patient self-sufficiency, minimize
duplication and errors in the system, and reduce costs. It is intended
to be made available at no cost to patients through their health care
systems and providers.
"Clinicians are in urgent need of information sharing and this
partnership between our companies is a huge leap forward to the benefit
of both clinicians and patients. We are excited to be working with
McKesson and believe the strength and market leadership of QHR and
McKesson, working in collaboration, will be of great benefit to the
Canadian health care market," says Hildebrandt.
"A paradigm shift is taking place regarding the patient's role within
health care. The trend is clearly moving from the traditional approach
to a patient-centric approach, in which the patient is actively
collaborating with their health care providers. Patients want the
opportunity to be partners in their care coordination and delivery, and
health care professionals want connectivity and clinical continuity.
McKesson Canada's alliance with QHR is making this happen," says Dale
Weil, Senior Vice President, Integrated Healthcare Solutions, Strategy
and Business Development at McKesson Canada.
McKesson's RelayHealth has been delivering a health information exchange
platform for more than 13 years in the United States, with over 20
million patients and 36,000 physicians benefiting from the service.
RelayHealth is now live in Canada and is accessible to all Canadians at
QHR entered the Canadian EMR market in 2004. Since then, through strong
organic growth and several strategic acquisitions, QHR Technologies
Inc. now supports over 9,000 physicians in six provinces, many of whom
were Canada's EMR pioneers and advocates for a national EMR system.
About McKesson Canada
Founded more than 100 years ago, McKesson Canada is dedicated to
delivering vital medicines, supplies and information technologies that
enable the health care industry to provide patients with better, safer
care. Our solutions empower pharmacies, manufacturers, hospitals and
other health care institutions by enabling them to get closer to the
millions of patients they serve every single day, while contributing to
the quality and safety of care in Canada.
About QHR Technologies Inc.
QHR is a leader in quality and technology, providing software and
services in the following markets:
In the Electronic Medical Records (EMR) market, QHR offers a suite of
medical software modules that provide computer-based medical records
for family physicians, medical specialists, and surgeons, as well as
administrative modules for billing and patient scheduling, that is a
key component of the move throughout Canada to provide electronic
healthcare records for all Canadians. QHR also provides on-site and
off-site (ASP) hosting capabilities for the EMR market.
In the health care Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) market, QHR provides
best in class clearinghouse services, with over 1,500 payers, which
assist US health care providers to exchange claim information that
ensures accurate revenue management. QHR provides a progressive medical
billing service that outsources coding, payer reconciliation and
revenue reporting. QHR's software also supports employer health plan
enrolment, employee health plan eligibility and health care
interoperability through a 5010 standard based EDI gateway.
In the Enterprise Management Software (EMS) market, QHR specializes in
workforce management software, which consists of integrated payroll,
staff scheduling and human resource software, and in customized
financial management software built on the Microsoft Dynamics GP
platform. These products are targeted at complex health care, social
services and public safety environments.
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