McKesson, Palm Reach Agreement to Promote Wireless Clinical Information System
San Francisco-based McKesson Corp., a prescription drug wholesaler that markets software to track medical supplies and orders, has reached a two-year agreement with Santa Clara-based Palm Inc., the largest manufacturer of hand-held computers, to provide health care providers and professionals with wireless access to clinical information, the New York Times reports (New York Times, 6/12). The two companies will integrate Palm's hand-held platform with McKesson's applications. The companies plan to launch a joint marketing campaign to promote the system and to increase physician and clinical use of information technology for "clinical decision-making and patient care." The companies did not release financial terms of the agreement (Dow Jones Newswires/Wall Street Journal, 6/12).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.