McKesson to acquire Emendo, a company that helps optimize patient flow

ATLANTA — McKesson on Tuesday announced it has entered a definitive agreement to acquire Emendo, whose CapPlan Predictive Capacity Planning solution equips healthcare providers to optimize operational performance by intelligently forecasting patient demand. 

CapPlan also supports clinicians in their delivery of quality patient care by using a patient-centered, enterprisewide view of activity to make real-time adjustments for patient flow and staffed capacity allocations.

“It’s estimated that there is more than $700 billion in waste across the U.S. healthcare system,” stated Chris Bauleke, president of Health Systems Performance Management for McKesson Provider Technologies. “Much of that waste results from inefficiencies that can be reduced with greater visibility to patient flow and the use of capacity management solutions. In turn, organizations can achieve better business results and also deliver higher-quality care that’s more patient-centered.” 

Bauleke noted that health systems can use capacity management solutions to fine-tune staffing requirements, procedure scheduling and resource utilization. “The potential savings and increased revenues from improved management of staff and other key assets are especially attractive as pressure mounts to reduce costs,” he said.

Unique in its ability to forecast future patient activity, CapPlan enables health systems to allocate resources efficiently while identifying unnecessary costs. By proactively managing clinician schedules and workloads, patient flow, length of stay and discharges, providers can achieve measurable results. For example, using CapPlan, a 400-bed hospital realized $895,000 savings for inpatient areas, and a 450-bed facility identified potential efficiency savings exceeding $1 million in the first year of use.

“Our team has focused on the intricacies of the healthcare setting and how to manage for sustained operational effectiveness,” Dave Tinkler, Emendo CEO, explained. “We provide actionable intelligence that hospitals and health systems use to manage their business operations on a day-to-day, hour-by-hour basis — no matter what comes at them.”