|McKesson Corp. is giving away $1 million in electronic health record software to doctors nationwide who provide charity care to the needy. But the pharmaceutical distribution and health IT giant has a few more rules than Santa Claus concerning its largesse.McKesson, based in San Francisco, plans to give its McKesson Practice Choice EHR and practice-management software to 100 physicians “who provide unreimbursed health care to America’s neediest citizens,” the company said Monday.
A McKesson committee will select physicians from metropolitan areas with the largest poor populations, the company said, including Detroit, Cleveland, Buffalo, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Miami, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Newark. That leaves out Bay Area locales such as Richmond and Oakland.
To qualify, doctors must be in primary care, internal medicine, family practice, gynecology or pediatrics, must be in private practice in one- to 10-doctor settings, have a history of providing free care to poor patients and have broadband or high-speed Internet connections.
Those doctors will get a free 26-month license to the software, which typically costs $399 per month per physician, which adds up to $1,037,400, according to McKesson (NYSE: MCK).
The holiday season giveaway was announced by David Henriksen, Atlanta-based senior vice president of McKesson’s Physician Practice Solutions unit.