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Varian and McKesson Specialty Health Announce Strategic Agreement

Varian and McKesson Specialty Health recently announced a strategic agreement that included plans for the two companies to collaborate on establishing interoperability between McKesson Specialty Health's iKnowMed℠ electronic health record (EHR) system and Varian's ARIA® oncology information system. The interoperability aims to deliver direct value to all physicians using these information systems in managing patient care. 

"McKesson Specialty Health and The US Oncology Network offer robust, comprehensive practice management capabilities, value-based care expertise, and state-of-the-art technology solutions to its affiliated practices, providing support as they navigate today's challenging healthcare landscape," said Kirk Kaminsky, president of The US Oncology Network and Practice Management for McKesson Specialty Health. "Combined, Vantage Oncology and The US Oncology Network support more than 1,300 affiliated physicians and approximately 400 affiliated sites of care. Bringing them together earlier this year and now executing this strategic agreement with Varian will help our affiliated practices simultaneously enhance clinical capabilities, workflow for physicians, and the quality of patient care while improving the cost-effectiveness of their operations. The specialized hardware, service offerings and roadmap for interoperability with iKnowMed gives clinicians greater efficiency and increased quality of patient care benefits."

"We are honored by the long-term commitment McKesson Specialty Health is making in Varian technology as part of this agreement," said Kolleen Kennedy, president of Varian's Oncology Systems business. "Our companies share a common goal to develop and deliver the highest level of care. Through this strategic agreement, we are increasing the ability of patients to access the most advanced treatments in their fight against cancer."