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E-prescribing: Patients want it

BY Antoinette Alexander

When given a choice, patients prefer to receive an electronic prescription if they receive a prescription from their physician, according to the most recent Patient Views infographic. To be specific, 64% of respondents said they would choose an e-prescription when provided an option, according to an exclusive survey of nearly 800 patients conducted by AccentHealth and DSN in late July and early August. How many patients are actually given a choice as to how they receive their prescription, and how many currently are receiving electronic prescriptions? Currently, only 36% of patients said they are given a choice as to how they receive their prescription.

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Patient Views is a new, exclusive consumer insights feature that will be appear in every edition of DSN magazine and the daily e-newsletter DSN A.M. If you could ask 4,000 patients anything at all, what would it be? Send your questions to [email protected].

Do you prefer receiving electronic prescriptions over handwritten ones?

Source: AccentHealth. To view the methodology, click here.

 

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Study: Health insurance managed lives grew by 13 million from Jan. 2011 to June 2012

BY Alaric DeArment

BENSALEM, Pa. — Thirteen million more Americans had health insurance in June 2012 than 18 months earlier, according to a new report by BusinessOne Technologies, a healthcare technology and data company.

The report, titled "Managed Lives Trends in the Current Health Care Reform Environment," found that the 5.4% increase in total coverage between January 2011 and June 2012 was due in part to healthcare-reform measures that are increasing access ahead of the planned 2014 rollout of the healthcare-reform law’s individual mandate.

The measures include coverage of dependent children and adults up to the age of 26 years, tax credits for small businesses and early Medicaid expansion in some states. According to the report, Medicare coverage grew by 12%, while Managed Medicaid grew by 10.4% and commercial insurance grew by 5%. Commercial insurance saw the largest increase in the number of insured individuals, which was up by 7.6 million.


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Kinn introduces products for administering pet meds

BY Alaric DeArment

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — Anyone with pets knows that the challenge of getting them to swallow pills is up there with giving them baths.

One company has introduced a line of products designed to make the process easier. Kinn announced the launch of Kudose, which allows pills to be hidden inside homemade treats, and Krocodile, a pill splitter and crusher.

"We created Kinn to help people strengthen the relationship between pets and their families," Kinn CEO Alex McKinnon said. "We do this focusing on the health, wellness and happiness of dogs and cats. For our launch, we’ve tackled one of the most challenging aspects of caring for your pet — giving pills to cats and dogs — and created a safe way to split or crush pills, then turn them into delicious homemade cat and dog treats."


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