ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. — A specialty pharmacy provider has launched an application that it said will reduce the administrative burden of reimbursement, writing prescriptions, monitoring adherence and reviewing drug lists.
BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy announced the launch of TAP App, short for Therapy Access Portal, designed to allow physicians to monitor patients from initial intake through benefit verification and shipping, and make data on adherence issues, medication possession ratios, adverse drug reactions and other issues more easily available.
"Our new TAP App for physicians is right in line with [the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's] suggestion of leveraging technology to eliminate medication errors," BioPlus president and CEO Stephen Vogt said. "Aside from the obvious benefit to patients' health, diminishing medical errors lowers costs, especially in light of a study earlier this year in the journal Health Affairs [that found] that the estimated total cost of measurable medical errors in the United States is $17.1 billion annually, with the most frequent medical injuries being adverse events associated with medications."
According to the AHRQ, between 28% and 95% of harmful side effects can be prevented by using computerized monitoring systems to reduce medication errors, while computerized ordering of medications potentially could prevent up to 84% of dose, frequency and route errors.