McKesson partners for nursing informatics

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Advancing the field of nursing informatics, McKesson Corp. and the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center (UCDHSC) School of Nursing in Denver have entered into a strategic relationship to study how technology can be used to promote patient safety, support evidence-based practices in rural settings, and help consumers make better healthcare decisions.
   
Through the agreement, the two organizations will conduct joint research and technology evaluation, promote job opportunities in nursing informatics and disseminate knowledge through publications and conferences, McKesson said
   
Specific projects include McKesson internships for UCDHSC students, guest lectures by McKesson informaticists at the UCDHSC School of Nursing, guided research reports and grant proposal submissions.
   
UCDHSC faculty and students will also provide input on usability, workflow and direction for McKesson's nursing-related applications. They include Horizon Expert Documentation, which streamlines documentation and reduces charting time; and Horizon Admin-Rx, a point-of-care system that incorporates bar-code scanning at the bedside for preventing errors in medication administration.