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Kirby Lester to introduce updated tablet counter

BY Alaric DeArment

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Pharmacy automation manufacturer Kirby Lester has launched a version of one of its tablet counters with streamlined verification software.

The company announced the launch of KL1Plus, which it said combines the KL1 tablet counter with the updated software. The device will be introduced at the National Community Pharmacists Association and Department of Defense Joint Forces Pharmacy Services annual convention in San Diego this month.

"There is absolutely no reason why a pharmacy can’t afford to verify 100% of orders now that the KL1Plus has been developed," Kirby Lester president and CEO Garry Zage said. "Pharmacies across the country have incorporated the KL1 into their operations. Now, they can use the KL1, plus verification."

The counter, which is seven inches wide and weighs eight pounds, is designed to verify all pharmacy orders so that patients receive the right medication, dosage and quantity each time, allowing the pharmacy technician to scan the barcode on the patient’s prescription label and then scan the label on the corresponding stock bottle to ensure there’s a match.


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Rite Aid, UnitedHealth Group offer diabetes services to Long Island, N.Y., residents

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid pharmacists on Long Island in New York state are participating in a diabetes initiative run by health insurer UnitedHealth Group, the two companies said Thursday.

The pharmacists are part of the Diabetes Control Program, itself part of UnitedHealth’s Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance. The program is available to residents of the island enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s employer-sponsored health plans.

"Rite Aid’s relationship with the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance is an important step to show our patients with diabetes that they aren’t alone when it come to managing their diabetes," Rite Aid EVP pharmacy Robert Thompson said. "Thanks to this innovative collaboration, Long Island patients enrolled in the Diabetes Control Program can now receive one-on-one counseling with a Rite Aid pharmacist specifically trained in diabetes care and medication therapy management – all at no additional out-of-pocket cost."

Patients enrolled in the program will be able to connect with Rite Aid pharmacists trained in diabetes care and medication therapy management, who will offer private, one-on-one consultations, education and support. They will also consult with enrolled patients to evaluate their success adhering to their drug therapies and review their test results for blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol.

The service will be available at 27 Rite Aid stores on the island. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that Long Island’s largely suburban Suffolk and Nassau counties are home to more than 170,000 people with diabetes.


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Allscripts sponsors EHR app-development contest

BY Alaric DeArment

CHICAGO — Electronic health records company Allscripts is sponsoring a drive to develop applications that work with the company’s Open Electronic Health Records software in order to make it easier for providers to add new apps to their workflow and improve patient outcomes.

The Open App Challenge contest, announced at the Health 2.0 conference in San Francisco earlier this week, offers $750,000 in records, with the top winner taking home $250,000. The contest specifically seeks applications designed to improve management of high-cost chronic diseases, especially those that reduce costs and improve outcomes, and innovative approaches to addressing value-based care imperatives, giving priority to apps that reduce readmission rates, improve transitions of care and enhance patient engagement.

"We want the smartest people, whether physicians, nurses, caregivers or IT professionals inside and outside the industry to use their creative energy to solve real problems in health care," Allscripts CEO Glen Tullman said. "We intend to inspire developers to start a revolution by pushing the boundaries of what information technology can do to improve quality of care for patients and also keep them healthy in the first place."


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