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Cloud computing demands to increase as e-prescribing grows, report finds

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — The growing use of electronic prescribing is driving the growth of cloud computing in health care, according to a new report.

The report, by Kalorama Information, found that the global market for cloud computing in health care would grow to $3.9 billion this year, a 2.1% increase over last year and that use of e-prescribing technologies had jumped from less than 10% in 2004 to about 35% in 2010. Over the next few years, the use of e-prescribing will continue to grow due to regulatory disincentives for using paper patient records. Because of this, retail pharmacies, as well as physician offices and hospitals, will adopt cloud computing systems, which are off-site servers that can store information remotely.

"E-Prescribing creates a variety of storage responsibilities for both the physician and the pharmacy, leading to demand for server space," Kalorama publisher Bruce Carlson said. "In health care, space is often limited, and the last thing organizations want is a bulky server."

 

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ACHC renews accreditation for Axium Healthcare Pharmacy

BY Alaric DeArment

LAKE MARY, Fla. — A group that accredits healthcare organizations has renewed its certification for the Kroger Co.’s specialty pharmacy division.

Axium Healthcare Pharmacy said Wednesday that it received a renewal of its accreditation status from the Accreditation Commission for Health Care for its specialty pharmacy services.

"The renewal of our ACHC accreditation status is a testament to our commitment to our patients, as well as our healthcare partners," Axium president and CEO Mark Montgomery said. "In receiving this continued validation from ACHC, we have demonstrated that our focus on the highest standards in specialty pharmacy has not gone unnoticed."

Review by the ACHC includes onsite surveys by industry experts and assessments of a healthcare company’s organizational structure, policies, procedures, fiscal activities, human resources, quality outcomes, infection control, patient and employee safety and more.

 

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Giant Eagle to begin providing prescription delivery service in Columbus, Ohio, market

BY Michael Johnsen

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Giant Eagle is launching a prescription delivery service beginning next week, according to a report published Wednesday in the Columbus Dispatch

The initiative is expected to drive prescription growth. "More and more customers [who] think of Giant Eagle as their grocery store, [will] think of Giant Eagle pharmacy as their drug store," Brett Merrell, SVP health and wellness, told the Dispatch

Starting Monday, Giant Eagle will deliver prescriptions free within a 10-mile radius of each of its 22 central Ohio groceries with in-store pharmacies.

Kroger provides a similar service in the market, the Dispatch noted. 

 

 

 

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