McKesson Practice Partner

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McKesson is CCHIT 2011 certified electronic health record and billing software developed by McKesson Provider Technologies.


McKesson's history dates back to the beginnings of organized health care in the United States. The company was founded in 1833 by John McKesson and Charles Olcott in New York City which was focused on the importing and wholesaling of therapeutic drugs and chemical forms from its origin. McKesson has a long history in healthcare.

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In 1999, McKesson Corporation and HBO & Company, Inc. merged to form McKesson HBOC, Inc. In 2004, McKesson Information Solutions and McKesson Automation were reconfigured, resulting in the creation of the McKesson Provider Technologies. The corporate head office is located in San Francisco, CA. McKesson Practice Partner helps practices of all sizes and the typical settings in which this EHR is used are Academic Medical Center (AMC)/Medical School, Private Ambulatory Care Office, Community Health Center/Clinic, Multispecialty Clinic etc. The applications were developed by C/C++ and Visual Studio 6 (both VB and C++) and some C# Net, plus ASP.Net, XML and other Web technologies [1]


A. Distribution Solutions [2]

   1.McKesson Pharmaceutical - distribution services with a focus on supply chain efficiency, operational excellence and patient safety.
   2.McKesson Medical-Surgical - services help save time, manage spending and provides business and technology solutions. 
   3.McKesson Specialty Health - uses integrated technology systems for efficient delivery of care at  local practices.   
   4.McKesson Plasma and Biologics - supplies plasma products.
   5.McKesson Patient Relationship Solutions - deliver adherence programs for manufacturers to develop relations with consumers.
   6.McKesson Pharmacy Systems - help realize significant bottom-line results.
   7.Moore Medical - uses internet to directly market and distribute medical, surgical and pharmaceutical products to nearly 100,000 healthcare practices and facilities in non-
                    hospital settings.
   8.Zee Medical - provides first aid, safety products and training services to corporate customers. 

B.Technology Solutions [3]

The following technological options aid in utilization and care management processes:

   1.Enterprise Information Solutions
   2.McKesson Imaging & Workflow Solutions
   3.McKesson Business Performance Services
   4.McKesson Health Solutions
   5.McKesson International Operations Group

There are three applications of McKesson Practice Partner which can be obtained separately or together.Three applications are:

Practice Partner Patient Records

provides tools to improve both clinical and office efficacy and thereby improving the quality of care. The important part of McKesson Practice Partner patient Records is the Bright Note Technology that allows physicians and other providers to use their preferred charting style to capture data in a single screen note. [4]

Practice Partner Medical Billing

simplifies the billing process, reduces the complexity.

Practice Partner Appointment Scheduler

powerful solution to paper-based scheduling systems.

Customers of McKesson Practice Partner

1.Cheyenne Women’s Clinic Cheyenne, WY [5]

2.Urology San Antonio, TX5 [6]

3.Atlantic Health Morristown, NJ [7]

4.Advanzed Health Care, PLC (Internal Medicine) Arlington, Va.

5. High Ridge Family Practice Stamford, CN

ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Certification McKesson’s Practice Partner v9.5 is 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as a Complete EHR on December 6, 2010, by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the applicable certification criteria for eligible providers adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.


Financial and Business Rankings [8]


Fortune 500 ranked McKesson as No.11 based on their reputed attributes: “Innovation; People Management; Use of Corporate Assets; Social Responsibility; Quality of Management; Financial Soundness; Long-Term Investment; and Quality of Products/Services”.[9]


Fortune 500 ranked McKesson No.15.







updated 1-17-2011