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PrescribeWellness launches LinkWellness 2.5

BY Alaric DeArment

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — A search feature that allows pharmacies to quickly determine why patients are calling so they can better serve their needs and a patient registration system that allows easier enrollment in medication-time reminders, disease management and smoking-cessation programs are among the new features of the latest version of PrescribeWellness’ software system.

PrescribeWellness announced Wednesday the launch of LinkWellness 2.5, saying the update to its software-as-a-service patient engagement system would allow better workflow management and improved patient-pharmacist communications, as well as improve medication adherence and outcomes and reduce costs.

"Now more than ever, pharmacists are on the front line of preventive care, and for millions of patients, their pharmacist has become their most accessible and trusted healthcare professional," PrescribeWellness CEO Al Babbington said. "LinkWellness positions the pharmacist at the center of the preventive care continuum by building stronger relationships with their patients and helping them expand their services. Our improved software platform integrates into existing dispensing systems and automates communications to the patient in their channel of choice and language of choice."

Other additions include an "on demand" feature that creates instant will-call bin and recall campaigns to improve inventory turn and patient safety, as well as a new preference manager that allows easier selection of voice, text or email as a communication channel.

"Preventive care is the future of health care, and PrescribeWellness is dedicated to making it easier for consumers to get help from their local pharmacy for population health, medication adherence and chronic disease management," Babbington said. "Pharmacies are as fast-paced as ever, and these upgrades to our LinkWellness platform are designed to improve efficiencies, which, in turn, help the independent retail pharmacist build community with their patients, enhance customer satisfaction and increase quality outcomes."

 

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Zak’s GoPak makes packing healthy lunches a breeze

BY Jason Owen

SPOKANE, Wash. — Zak Designs has announced a new GoPak container designed to make packing lunches easy and without the worry of messy spills.

The GoPak container is a durable food storage container that features a large sandwich compartment on one side and a covered snack container on the other. The snack container itself is divided into three seprate sections, allowing parents to mix and match a variety of fruits, vegetables and other snacks with their child’s lunch. A snap-tight lid keeps the snacks securely in place and allows both sections to fold up and lock together in one easy-to-pack container.

The GoPak line also features a durable utensil set with travel case, keeping the utensils clean prior to use and preventing unwanted messes in the lunch bag afterwards. Both the container and utensil set are dishwasher safe.

The GoPak containers feature a variety of licensed characters that can be found on the company’s website.


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New South University pharmacy dean to oversee programs in Ga., S.C.

BY Alaric DeArment

SAVANNAH, Ga. — South University has appointed a new dean of its pharmacy school, the university announced.

Curtis Jones will oversee pharmacy programs for the South University School of Pharmacy in Georgia and South Carolina, reporting to vice chancellor of academic affairs Steven Yoho.

Jones started working for the school 10 years ago as assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences and served in that position until 2007. In addition to teaching, he conducted esearch focusing on drug delivery to brain tumors, hemostasis and the diagnosis and treatment of chronic wounds.

"Dr. Jones brings the highest qualities to the position of dean of the School of Pharmacy," Yoho said. "He is a well-known researcher with the expertise, knowledge and scientific curiosity to advance his field, he is an experienced educator who consistently seeks to improve the level of curriculum and instruction, and he is a proven leader within the pharmacy sector who is focused on providing his students with excellence in education that will prepare them for a life of learning and growth."

 

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