HealthTrust Extends Pharmacy Automation Agreement with McKesson

HealthTrust Extends Pharmacy Automation Agreement with McKesson

Full suite of central pharmacy and point-of-care solutions now available to 1,400 members

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- HealthTrust, a group purchasing and total cost management solutions company representing more than 1,400 acute-care facilities, has renewed its contract with McKesson Automation, ensuring that its member hospitals and health systems have continued access to a full portfolio of central pharmacy and point-of-care pharmacy automation solutions and services. Additionally, McKesson will continue to offer HealthTrust member organizations a comprehensive menu of customizable pharmacy automation options. The options are designed to meet each facility's unique requirements, helping the facilities manage their pharmacy operations and inventory more safely and efficiently.

Under the extended agreement, HealthTrust members have access to purchase central pharmacy solutions that deliver workflow efficiencies and better cost control. These solutions include the new MedCarousel® vertical storage and retrieval system; the new MedShelf-Rx inventory management software; NarcStation narcotics control system; PACMED high-speed medication packager; PROmanager-Rx™ robotic dispensing system for unit-dose, oral solid medications; and the new ROBOT-Rx® pharmacy robotic storage and dispensing system.

Point-of-care solutions include the AcuDose-Rx® medication dispensing cabinet, which allows hospital nurses to dispense medications faster and more efficiently, while pharmacists have greater control over cabinet inventory management. AcuDose-Rx functions in any dispensing environment, and the exclusive RightStock feature automatically monitors and adjusts medication levels based on usage, helping to reduce costly stock outs and waste. Provisions of the contract also allow HealthTrust members to participate in a standardized implementation program that offers long-term, predictable total cost of ownership for medication dispensing cabinets.

"Today, HealthTrust's hospital members can leverage a comprehensive, integrated set of pharmacy automation solutions while benefitting from HealthTrust's purchasing efficiencies," explained Kraig McEwen, president, McKesson Automation. "And as Automation accelerates its growth strategy, HealthTrust members will benefit from a host of new solutions that will address the next generation of challenges related to medication delivery."

About HealthTrust

HealthTrust (legally known as HealthTrust Purchasing Group, L.P.) is committed to strengthening provider performance and clinical excellence through an aligned membership model and the delivery of total cost management solutions, including supply chain solutions and a contract and service portfolio unparalleled in quality, scope and value. HealthTrust ( serves 1,400 acute care facilities, 800 ambulatory surgery centers and members in more than 10,600 other locations including physician practices, long-term care and alternate care sites. Headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn., HealthTrust is closely integrated with the provider-proven capabilities of Parallon Business Solutions ( which include workforce management solutions, revenue cycle and business process expertise and technology solutions.

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

Any descriptions of future functionality reflect current product direction, are for informational purposes only and do not constitute a commitment to provide specific functionality. Timing and availability remain at McKesson's discretion and are subject to change and applicable regulatory approvals.

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