McKesson, an Atlanta-based provider of health IT products, has announced that the Bread of Healing Clinic of Milwaukee, Wis. is the first recipient of its McKesson Practice Choice electronic health record (EHR) software as part of the McKesson Gives Back initiative. The clinic will be able to use the new EHR system as part of its focus on delivering higher-quality care to uninsured patients across three locations in Milwaukee.
Launched in November 2012, the McKesson Gives Back initiative is designed to recognize and reward physician practices who provide unreimbursed healthcare to America’s neediest citizens. In the spirit of one good deed deserves another, selected physicians will receive a free 26-month license to the McKesson Practice Choice software. In total, McKesson expects to award worth more than $1 million in software licenses.
“We are honored that McKesson chose our clinic as a recipient of the McKesson Gives Back program,” Barbara Horner-Ibler, medical director of the Bread of Healing Clinic, said in a statement. “We know the benefits of having an EHR, but our non-profit clinic could not justify making that investment. Having the McKesson Practice Choice EHR will transform our clinics and how we care for our patients.”
Opened in 2000, the Bread of Healing Clinic provided care for 126 patients in its first year. Now, 12 years later, the clinic has grown to serve more than 1,400 uninsured patients who have chronic illnesses. The clinic offers primary care as well as specialist care in areas such as cardiology, podiatry, neurology, nephrology, physical therapy and dentistry. Bread of Healing Clinic’s growth coupled with the increasingly dynamic and evolving healthcare industry has presented clinic personnel with many challenges, making McKesson Practice Choice a welcome addition to the practice.