Heath care IT vendor McKesson is offering zero-percent financing for 12
months to help physician practices make the move now to take advantage of the
economic stimulus package provisions for electronic health records (EHR).

The offer follows a collaboration
announcement from McKesson and HP
to offer prebundled packages of EHR and
other software together with HP computers through channel partners to physician
practices and hospitals. HP also announced the extension
of a zero-percent financing program
this week.

The McKesson offer allows physicians to choose from two options on selected
EHR/practice management solutions—zero percent interest for 12 months with a 25
percent down payment, or a $1,000 cash rebate for the first provider with a
$500 cash rebate for each additional provider in a practice.

The new program applies to McKesson’s EHR/practice management solutions for
independent community physicians, including Practice Partner, Lytec MD and
Medisoft Clinical solutions. McKesson said all solutions feature Bright Note
Technology, which enables physicians to use their preferred method of charting
to capture data in a single note and then synchronize that across the entire
patient chart.

The zero-percent financing program will be offered both directly to McKesson
customers and also through McKesson’s network of EHR-certified VARs.

“McKesson is making an investment in the success of physician practices,” said
David Henriksen, senior vice president of McKesson’s Physician Practice
Solutions group, in a prepared statement. “From the underserved to the
well-established, our goal is to provide a cost-effective way for community
physicians to more easily acquire EHRs. Ultimately, we believe that will result
in a safer, more efficient and more connected health care experience for all of
us.”