Keeping it Lean: McKesson Horizon Patient Folder (HPF) EMR Conversion & Data Archiving

Harmony Healthcare IT Daily Standup Call

Lean Processes in Data Extraction, Migration and Retention

According to, a lean organization is one that is always striving to minimize waste and maximize customer value. Harmony Healthcare IT (HHIT) is an organization specializing in health data extraction, migration and storage.  James E. Hammer, PMP, HHIT’s VP of Product & Program Management, says that one area where lean processes have really paid off is in working repetitively with legacy hospital systems like McKesson Horizon Patient Folder (HPF).

Efficient McKesson HPF Clinical Data Management

“We have dealt with quite a few hospitals that have replaced McKesson HPF in recent years,” says Hammer.  “In last week’s morning stand-up project meeting alone, we discussed putting a wrap on the migration, conversion and data archival of three McKesson Horizon Patient Folder (HPF) systems from different parts of the country by year end.”

With each new exposure to a McKesson HPF legacy system, Hammer says his database analysts gain efficiencies so there is less waste of time, energy and money. We are constantly focusing on processes to improve our speed and accuracy for extracting, migrating and retaining clinical data from McKesson HPF. At this point, Id say we’ve got the nuances related to the proprietary nature in which McKesson HPF images are stored and indexed down pat. There isn’t much we haven’t seen as we’ve archived terabytes of information captured into McKesson HPF via scans, HL7 interfaces, faxes, text-based reports and other feeds.

EHR Replacement Causes Rise in Patient Data Archiving

As hospitals continue to replace EHR systems, the inquiries to decommission McKesson HPF and archive the patient data for long-term storage are on the rise. If your hospital has replaced McKesson HPF and is investigating best practices to archive HPF data along with other disparate legacy data stores, contact Harmony Healthcare IT, the makers of Health Data Archiver. A patient data archive includes most if not all of the data in its full integrity. This all-inclusive long-term storage of patient data adheres to state and federal medical record retention regulations for protected health information.

Horizon Patient Folders and McKesson Patient Folders are trademarks of McKesson Corporation and/or one of its subsidiaries.

Dec 22 2015

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