MONCTON, N.B. – The provincial government has entered into a new partnership with McKesson Canada that will increase patient safety and bring up to 53 new full-time jobs to Moncton over the next three years.
The province has adopted an Integrated Pharmaceutical Supply Chain model and selected McKesson Canada as their single source distributor of pharmaceuticals to New Brunswick hospitals. The announcement was made at the company's Moncton office today.
“This innovative partnership brings greater safety to New Brunswick patients and increased efficiency to our health-care system, while ensuring a strong future for McKesson and its employees here in New Brunswick,” said Premier David Alward. “Our government is pleased to continue working with McKesson to advance our plan to create jobs and rebuild the economy.”
Each hospital will be equipped with new high-tech cabinets in patient-care areas which will automatically dispense the appropriate medications, reducing the opportunity for human error. McKesson Canada will restock these cabinets as necessary to ensure an appropriate inventory is available.
The initiative is expected to save New Brunswick's health-care system $3 million annually, which is being invested in the new cabinets.
“New Brunswick's new provincial health plan envisions a health-care system in which technology is used to better integrate our services in ways that improve patient care and make them more efficient,” said Health Minister Hugh Flemming. “This is an exciting partnership that embodies that objective and I thank all the partners involved -- FacilicorpNB, the regional health authorities, McKesson Canada and Invest NB - for their work in bringing this project to fruition.”
Invest NB will provide the company with up to $850,000 in the form of a non-repayable conditional grant. The grant will be used to off-set a portion of the expenditures for capital equipment.
“We are happy to have been selected as the partner to this innovative solution,” said Dale Weil, McKesson Canada’s senior vice-president, integrated healthcare solutions, strategy and business development. “ Health-care professionals will ultimately receive real-time alerts and warnings of new, changed or cancelled medication orders while automatically compiling critical data for regulatory compliance and monitoring. The process will minimize the time clinicians spend on manual charting and will improve the accuracy of dispensing medication.”
The initiative is being implemented first at the Moncton Hospital and at the Sackville Memorial Hospital in February and will be phased-in at all hospitals in the province by mid-2015.
Founded more than 100 years ago, McKesson Canada delivers vital medicines and supplies and develops information technologies that enable the health-care industry to provide patients with better, safer care.
Invest NB is a Crown corporation focused on strategically attracting foreign investment opportunities and encouraging job creation in New Brunswick. Guided by a private sector board of directors, its programs are designed to support and promote foreign direct investment by attracting new industries and supporting the expansion of existing industries within its core sectors.