McKesson Launches New Oncology Tech and Insights Business to Transform the Fight Against Cancer

Ontada builds on McKesson's long history in community oncology. The new business will combine McKesson's real-world data and research capabilities, technology, and ties to the national community oncology network to transform cancer care.

Irving-headquartered McKesson, the provider of wholesale medical supplies, pharmaceutical distribution, and healthcare tech, has launched a new oncology-focused technology and insights business that’s designed to drive better outcomes for patients with cancer.

Called Ontada, the business arm will specifically support innovation, acceleration, and evidence generation to transform the fight against cancer. It will be part of the McKesson family—and represents the corporation’s dedication to using its capabilities and suite of technologies to help advance oncology care.

According to CEO Brian Tyler, McKesson remains committed to investing in the oncology community. In fact, the company has a long history in oncology.

Ontada is based on a core a core company belief: Precise insights, delivered at the point of need, can save more patients’ lives.

“As one of the largest healthcare companies, McKesson is at the center of care delivery, which provides a unique perspective on the complexities of cancer care and the growing needs among providers and life sciences companies,” Tyler said in a release. “With the launch of Ontada, we can now build upon our differentiated assets in oncology and deliver innovative solutions that help improve patient outcomes.”

McKesson’s technologies are already being deployed by The US Oncology Network and other community oncology providers, according to the company. That includes its iKnowMed electronic health record system and Clear Value Plus regimen support tool.

Tech, combined with real-world data and research used by global life sciences companies, will connect the full patient journey and power the future of cancer care.


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McKesson’s ties with the national community oncology network runs deep within the organizations. Ontada, with its team of data scientists and oncology experts, plans to enable those collaborations with life sciences companies and oncology providers to leverage evidence-based data and insights that can accelerate innovation.

Overall, the goal is to deliver the best care possible and improve patient outcomes. The clinical benefits will be real, too: Ontada aims to help bring oncology products to market faster, expand the reach of therapies, and provide education opportunities to physicians.

Ontada will be run by its president, Derek Rago.

“At The US Oncology Network, we collaborate with practices to leverage evidence-driven care to deliver better patient outcomes,” Michael Seiden, president of The US Oncology Network, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to have Ontada as a technology partner who shares our vision and will provide us with the tools and insights we need to put patients first.”

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