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HealthWarehouse.com implements Innovation’s PharmASSIST

BY David Salazar

Pharmacy automation company Innovation has gotten the seal of approval from a big new client. The Johnson City, N.Y.-based company’s PharmASSIST Quick Start high volume technology has been chosen by HealthWarehouse.com for use in its online/mail-order pharmacy in Florence, Ky.

“Deploying Innovation’s scalable, high-volume pharmacy automation lays the foundation for our rapid growth and expansion while maintaining our high standards of excellence in patient care and services,” HealthWarehouse.com president and CEO Joseph Peters said. “In our search for the right solution, Innovation set itself apart with its combination of premier robotics and highly configurable pharmacy workflow technology tailored to our unique requirements.”

The PharmASSIST Quick Start system that HealthWarehouse.com will use includes the PharmASSIST RDS robotic dispensing technology with Model 4 dispensers, which Innovation said can self-calibrate and count simultaneiously. The system also has pneumatic vial/cap delivery, a conveyer, digital pharmacist verification, collation, packaging and PharmASSIST Symphony workstations to allow for manual filling, the companies said.

“One of the key determining factors in choosing Innovation’s pharmacy solution was its inherent ability to scale for future growth,” Peters said. “The system’s open architecture also easily accommodated our proprietary e-commerce/pharmacy management system platform for servicing online customers and pharmacy workflow.”

Innovation executive vice president of global business development Doyle Jensen said, ““We’re excited to partner with HealthWarehouse and provide a highly automated, low labor, ‘right-sized’ solution that not only scales with them as they grow, but delivers exceptional efficiency for their Rx fulfillment.”

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Health Dialog disease management accreditation extended through 2020

BY Michael Johnsen

Health Dialog announced Tuesday that it has received Patient Oriented Accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance for its disease management programs for asthma, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary heart disease and diabetes.

“Fifteen consecutive years of NCQA Accreditation is incredibly powerful validation of the quality of our disease management programs for asthma, congestive heart failure, COPD, coronary heart disease and diabetes,” commented Danielle Barrera, COO for Health Dialog, a Rite Aid subsidiary. “We’re continually improving our integrated suite of population health services, including our disease management programs, so that organizations can better engage members in their health journey, which can help them support better health outcomes for members and achieve the significant cost reductions our clients have enjoyed for more than two decades.”

“NCQA's Disease Management Accreditation program is thorough and rigorous,” stated Margaret O'Kane, NCQA president. “It's designed to highlight only those programs that truly improve chronic care."

NCQA’s Disease Management Accreditation demonstrates that a disease management program is dedicated to giving patients the support, education and other help necessary to facilitate good patient outcomes and care. NCQA awards accreditation to organizations that meet or exceed its rigorous standards and guidelines. The standards are set intentionally high to help organizations achieve the highest level of performance possible, increase adherence to care guidelines and create an environment of continuous quality improvement.

NCQA’s most recent accreditation represents 15 consecutive years of accreditation for Health Dialog’s disease management programs, securing its place as an industry leader in helping organizations manage care for people with chronic diseases. NCQA’s most recent award extends the accreditation period until Oct. 27, 2020.

Health Dialog’s disease management solutions provide personalized interventions that help individuals better manage chronic diseases and reduce healthcare costs. Beyond achieving NCQA Accreditation for five major chronic diseases, Health Dialog’s solutions address more than 65 comorbid and preference-sensitive conditions. Programs range from intensive chronic disease management to wellness improvement and shared decision making —delivered through telephonic health coaching, digital engagement, and health education tools and resources. 

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Lone Star State heading into holidays with flu-like symptoms

BY Michael Johnsen

The flu is picking up in Texas, according to the latest Walgreens Flu Index released Wednesday. 

While the data does not measure actual levels or severity of flu activity, the Flu Index provides valuable insight by showing which cities or metropolitan areas are experiencing the most incidences of influenza each week based on Index methodology, the pharmacy retailer stated.

The Walgreens Flu Index is compiled using weekly retail prescription data for antiviral medications used to treat influenza across Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide, including Walgreens locations in Puerto Rico. The data is analyzed at state and geographic market levels to measure absolute impact and incremental change of antiviral medications on a per store average basis, and does not include markets in which Walgreens has fewer than 10 retail locations.

For the week ending Dec. 9, the top 10 designated market areas with flu activity were:

  1. Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas;
  2. Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas;
  3. Tyler-Longview (Lufkin & Nacogdoches), Texas;
  4. Houston;
  5. Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Ark.;
  6. Corpus Christi, Texas;
  7. Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas;
  8. Ft. Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark.;
  9. Waco-Temple-Bryan, Texas; and
  10. El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M.).

For the same time period, the top 10 DMAs with the greatest gains in flu activity were:

  1. Tyler-Longview (Lufkin & Nacogdoches), Texas;
  2. Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas;
  3. Houston;
  4. Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Ark.;
  5. Ft. Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark.;
  6. El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M.);
  7. Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas;
  8. Tallahassee, Fla.-Thomasville, Ga.;
  9. Austin, Texas; and
  10. Corpus Christi, Texas.

 

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