National Health Systems introduces pharmacy division aimed at independents

PDX parent company introduces Community Pharmacy Division

FORT WORTH, Texas — The parent company of pharmacy software maker PDX has formed a new division to provide independent pharmacies with software and services, which it said would create portable, interoperable healthcare data.

National Health Systems announced Monday the creation of the Community Pharmacy Division within PDX and fellow NHS company National Health Information Network. The new offerings will allow independents' patients to share electronic healthcare data with other pharmacies and their providers.

Though PDX will continue to offer support and enhancements to its Classic Pharmacy System, it also announced the new PDX Community Pharmacy System for independents, developed with technology used in the PDX Enterprise Pharmacy System and RapidFill, which is currently installed in more than 1,200 chain pharmacies and planned for an additional 3,200.

Features in the new system include the latest in prescription filling and pharmacy management technology; a patient-centric web engine for each pharmacy, hosted in the PDX data centers in Dallas and Forth Worth, Texas; an interface to the new Community Healthcare Network and CareRx Software; a new Nursing Home application; a new point-of-sale application; NHIH Community Pharmacy AssistRx Third-Party Reconciliation; and NHIN Community Pharmacy Access Data File Standardization.

"I started my career as a community pharmacist in a small, west Texas town and was the pharmacy consultant for both nursing homes in the little town, as well as the county hospital," NHS founder and chairman Ken Hill said. "Independent community pharmacists have always been involved in their communities, and there are almost 8,000 rural communities that do not have a major drug chain offering retail clinic healthcare services within 100 miles of them. I firmly believe that the independent community pharmacies in these towns can and will develop healthcare centers to service patients in their areas with vaccinations, MTM services and so on, including lab services in some cases and chronic disease care plans that payers are already implementing in many urban populations."

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