RICHMOND, Va. and LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., Feb. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- McKesson Medical-Surgical and Sysmex America today announced plans for McKesson to be the exclusive distribution partner for Sysmex's new XW-100 automated hematology analyzer, the first Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-waived, complete blood count (CBC) diagnostic instrument. Once prepared for each day's use, the Sysmex XW-100 allows health care professionals to provide patients with blood test results in as few as three minutes.
"The XW-100 is an exciting health care innovation that will help to improve quality of care, practice efficiency and patient satisfaction," said Doug Shaver, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Laboratory at McKesson Medical-Surgical. "Sysmex's XW-100 is a compact, accurate and reliable device that is incredibly easy to use."
The new Sysmex instrument's ease of use makes it possible for tests to be conducted by in-house health care professionals in just a few easy steps, without the certification required for the operation of more complex diagnostic equipment. The XW-100 offers step-by-step, on-screen guided prompts and instructions, and operational safety checks to ensure that the user does not require any formal training. Its innovative software contains safety lockouts, fail-safe and alert mechanisms to provide accurate results.
"Our partnership with McKesson allows us to offer this breakthrough product to physicians through the largest and most established health care company in the United States," said Andy Hay, Chief Operating Officer for Sysmex America. "The XW-100 expands Sysmex into new health care markets, including pediatrics, urgent care, surgery centers and health systems. McKesson is uniquely qualified to connect Sysmex and this device with the physicians serving patients at primary care practices throughout America."
McKesson works with more than 200,000 physicians
McKesson Medical-Surgical is a distribution partner that offers Sysmex a robust and dependable infrastructure, and unrivaled product delivery expertise. McKesson leads the health care industry in medical-surgical distribution to alternative care sites, community hospitals and non-acute settings; delivering business and clinical services to providers; and pharmaceutical distribution in the U.S. and Canada. More than 200,000 physicians use McKesson's technology and services, and 24 of the top 25 health plans are McKesson customers. The company, founded in 1833, is ranked fifth on Fortune magazine's list of the largest 500 U.S. corporations based on revenue. In its 2017 fiscal year, McKesson had revenues of $198.5 billion.
New Sysmex analyzer rigorously developed, and built on 50 years of diagnostic leadership
The XW-100 is the culmination of a rigorous multi-year research, development and testing effort to develop a high-quality hematology analyzer able to deliver accurate and reliable results in a CLIA-waived primary care setting. The device is built on the company's trusted and proven technology honed by Sysmex scientists over the past half-century. Today, Sysmex is the hematology diagnostic leader in the U.S., Asia and Europe. According to U.S. News & World Report's 2017-2018 list of best hospitals, nine of the top ten hospitals in the U.S. rely on Sysmex hematology analyzers to treat their patients.
Full launch expected in spring 2018
While the XW-100 will be introduced in select medical practices next month, its full launch is expected in the spring of 2018. McKesson Medical-Surgical and Sysmex are developing a sales process that will allow the two companies to fulfill customer demand as smoothly and quickly as possible once device shipments begin.
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About McKesson Medical-Surgical
McKesson Medical-Surgical Inc. is an affiliate of the McKesson Corporation. McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 5th on the FORTUNE 500, is a global leader in healthcare supply chain management solutions, retail pharmacy, community oncology and specialty care, and healthcare information technology. McKesson Medical-Surgical works with health systems, physician offices, extended care providers, in-home patients, labs, payers and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting. McKesson Medical-Surgical helps its customers improve their financial, operational, and clinical performance with solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information technology, and business and clinical services. For more information, visit mms.mckesson.com/.
About Sysmex America
Sysmex America, Inc. distributes and supports a diverse portfolio of best-in-class, in vitro diagnostic hematology and clinical laboratory products in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. It is the U.S. regional office of Sysmex Corporation, a trusted world leader in clinical laboratory solutions that optimize efficiency, operations and financial performance in the lab, located in Kobe, Japan. Sysmex is reshaping the health care of tomorrow at the clinical laboratory level by transcending the boundaries of diagnostic science and serving as the pulse of reliable, accountable care. In 2017, Forbes magazine named Sysmex the most innovative company in the health care equipment and services category. For more information about Sysmex America, visit www.sysmex.com/us.
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