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Chain Drug Consortium partners with Microsoft HealthVault

BY Alaric DeArment

BOCA RATON, Fla. More consumers will be able to store medication history online using Microsoft’s HealthVault under a new partnership between Microsoft and Chain Drug Consortium.

 

“We are excited to partner with Microsoft to provide our members’ consumers security-enhanced access to their personal health records using Microsoft’s new electronic health platform technology,” Chain Drug Consortium president and chief executive officer Edward Frisch said.

 

Chain Drug Consortium comprises 12 pharmacy chains—including Kinney Drug, Duane Reade, Lewis Drug and Kerr Drug—with more than 1,000 stores.

“By giving their member pharmacies access to a personal health record that connects with HealthVault, Chain Drug Consortium is offering consumers across the country an efficient and effective way to manage medications,” said Jim Mault, director of the Health Solutions Group at Microsoft. “This is a critical service as the number of prescriptions per person continues to rise.”

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Ertaczo found effective in more than just fighting infection

BY Drew Buono

WAIKOLOA, Hawaii According to new research, the antifungal foot medication Ertaczo, by OrthoNeutrogena, a division of Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals, has also been found effective in treating the inflammation and itching associated with the disorder.

According to a presentation given by Leon Kircik, associate clinical professor of dermatology at Indiana University, “Not only is sertaconazole (Ertaczo) highly effective in eradicating the infection of tinea pedis (fungal foot infection), but its action against inflammation and itching may further contribute to successful outcomes.”

Tinea pedis affects about 70 percent of Americans at some point in their lives.

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First-of-its-kind electronic medical history program gets funding from Horizon Blue Cross

BY Drew Buono

NEWARK, N.J. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey will invest up to $500,000 in certain network hospitals to help with the costs of implementing an electronic medical history program. This is the first insurance company to invest in this hospital program.

The program will be administered through RcopiaAC MedHx by DrFirst, which will send an electronic medical history request to sources like RxHub, SureScripts when a patient is admitted into a hospital. When the medication history information is found, it will be submitted to the hospital in real time. The expectation is that eventually, such programs will be used by in-store retail clinics and pharmacies, as well.

One hospital already using the program is Chilton Memorial Hospital, where BCBSNJ is providing 85 percent of the costs for the technology up to $40,000.

“We believe Chilton Memorial Hospital will experience an immediate impact on their workflow through utilization of the RcopiaAC system to access patient medication lists. The patient’s medication history will help the hospital avoid omissions, duplications and interactions that may lead to medication errors or adverse drug events and will reduce administrative costs,” said G. Cameron Deemer, president of DrFirst.

As many as eight network hospitals, which will receive varying amounts of investments, are expected to join the program by the end of 2008.

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