CHD Meridian Healthcare and McKesson forge new relationship

Chadds Ford 08 October 2007CHD Meridian Healthcare, an I-trax Inc. company and a provider of workplace health care, has selected McKesson Corporation as its primary pharmaceuticals distributor for its on-site pharmacies and health care centres. Along with supplying pharmaceuticals, McKesson will work with CHD Meridian to implement pharmacy technologies and automation systems that are expected to result in cost savings and enhanced patient safety and convenience. McKesson is the world's largest health care services company and is a respected expert in pharmacy supply management.

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"We expect this strategic partnership with McKesson to result in significant benefits over the next five years", stated Frank A. Martin, chairman of CHD Meridian Healthcare. "For our clients, though, this partnership means even more. It means that we will be enhancing our already innovative pharmacy model and providing even greater value for them."

CHD Meridian Healthcare, the largest provider of on-site health care centres for employers across the United States, operates 30 workplace-based pharmacies that are either stand-alone facilities or are integrated with other health services. The company is implementing McKesson's Enterprise Rx technology at all of its pharmacy locations. The platform allows for more efficient staffing and greater accuracy by reducing the number of times a prescription is touched before it is filled.

The agreement with McKesson also gives CHD Meridian the ability to utilize Parata's automated delivery technology, APM, at its pharmacies. The kiosk system allows patients to pick up their prescriptions more quickly and expedites the checkout process. "This technology makes it quicker for our clients' employees to get their prescriptions, gives them more privacy, and frees up the pharmacy staff for enhanced patient counseling, wellness and disease management engagement", stated J. Kevin Bice, R.Ph., senior vice president of Pharmacy Operations for CHD Meridian.

McKesson is allocating dedicated resources to CHD Meridian to help ensure the timely and successful implementation of this partnership. "We see this investment as a sign of McKesson's commitment to CHD Meridian and our belief in their approach to delivering health care in the workplace. Today's health care consumers are continually seeking out convenient, efficient and cost-effective care, and McKesson is pleased to support CHD Meridian in the delivery of innovative solutions such as this", stated John Figueroa, president, McKesson Pharmaceuticals.

CHD Meridian Healthcare, an I-trax company, is a provider of integrated workplace health and productivity management solutions. Serving more than 100 clients in 34 states, CHD Meridian Healthcare offers on-site health centres, which deliver primary care, acute care, corporate health, occupational health and pharmacy care management services as well as integrated disease management, wellness and lifestyle management programmes. CHD Meridian Healthcare provides a comprehensive solution utilizing telephonic and e-health tools to enhance the trusted relationship established by its clinicians at the worksite.

CHD Meridian Healthcare is focused on helping companies achieve employer of choice status, making the workplace safe, improving the quality of care and the productivity of the workforce while mitigating health care costs. Managing employer-sponsored health centres for over 40 years, some of CHD Meridian Healthcare's clients include BMW, Blue Ridge Paper, Coors Brewing Company, Coushatta Casino Resort, Deutsche Bank, Eastman Chemical, Fieldale Farms, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Lowe's, Toyota, UnumProvident and US Steel. More company news can be found in the VMW February 2006 article CHD Meridian and Allscripts partner to provide e-Prescribing capabilities to employer-sponsored on-site health centres.

McKesson Corporation is a Fortune 18 health care services and information technology company dedicated to helping its customers deliver high-quality health care by reducing costs, streamlining processes and improving the quality and safety of patient care. McKesson is the longest-operating company in health care today, and will mark 175 years of continuous operations in 2008. Over the course of our rich history, McKesson has grown by providing pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management across the spectrum of care; health care information technology for hospitals, physicians, homecare and payers; hospital and retail pharmacy automation; and services for manufacturers and payers designed to improve outcomes for patients. More company news is available in the VMW January 2007 article McKesson announces live RFID application for real-time tracking.


Leslie Versweyveld

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