Indiana University hospitals seek solutions from McKesson

Many small medical institutions are bracing themselves for the ICD-10 and ANSI 5010 transitions, and these organizations often look to larger entities for support. By drawing from examples of how larger hospitals and educational facilities were able to achieve compliance, doctors and the managers of small medical facilities can gain valuable tips and guidance.

At the end of September, Indiana University (IU) Health Bloomington began its conversion to electronic medical records software as a means to prepare for their upcoming ICD-10 and ANSI 5010 transitions. Specifically, the renowned institutions turned to McKesson's Horizon Patient Folder.

According to a release by the company, the software is the first of its kind to be able to support new billing, coding and electronic data exchanges while allowing existing transactions to continue. Among the other advantages of the software is its ability to allow users to easily capture and then store an electronic medical record in one platform.

"McKesson has successfully brought us through the implementation without interruption, and we feel prepared to meet the upcoming ICD-10 and ANSI 5010 requirements," said Rob Hood, project manager at IU Health Bloomington.

Hood also stated that he found that McKesson's software was able to give the 42,000-student university's health training center the flexibility they needed to navigate the process. The complexity of the transitions were also a subject of Hood's statements, something doctors and their employees may want to note when researching how to manage their own transition.

By working with a provider of premium McKesson software as well as training and installation services, these facilities may be able to meet the transition with the same success that IU enjoyed. With the help of this software, IU Health may have what it needs to continue to be recognized by the University HealthSystem Consortium as one of the best academic health centers in the country.