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Walgreens telehealth expansion, other pilots shed light on pharmacy’s changing role

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — The essence of what a pharmacy represents to the average consumer is changing, as evidenced by news emerging from Walgreens Boots Alliance Wednesday morning and a telehealth pilot at Rite Aid and Wegmans. Retail pharmacy is no longer simply a depository for prescription medicines — actually, it hasn’t been for awhile— but a destination for patients in search of health solutions and services.
Walgreens Boots Alliance on Wednesday rolled out its MDLive service to three additional states — Illinois, Washington and Colorado. The company plans to have the service available for patients in 25 states by the end of the year, according to a Forbes report.
Walgreens and MDLive first introduced the new telehealth offering in December to website and mobile app users in California and Michigan, giving them 24/7 access to U.S. board-certified doctors through its mobile application.
“As we continue to advance our telehealth strategy and expand our digital footprint, we’re pleased to help offer unparalleled access to medical professionals for more of our customers,” said Adam Pellegrini, Walgreens divisional VP digital health. “Our society truly values anytime, anywhere convenience. And with a growing need for access to affordable health care services, we believe telehealth solutions can play an important role in helping to improve patient outcomes and continues our mission to provide a seamless, omni-channel digital health experience.”
At the same time that Walgreens is testing out telehealth services, Wegmans and Rite Aid are piloting their own services.
In early June, Wegmans began working with Doctor on Demand to allow visitors to its pharmacies in DeWitt, New York; Niagara Falls, New York; Fairfax, Virginia; and Allentown, Pennsylvania to stop in for a virtual doctor or psychologist visit. The pharmacies that are part of the pilot even provide a kiosk for customers who don’t have a computer, smartphone or tablet that they can use for their virtual visit.
Rite Aid is piloting a new service with HealthSpot in three Ohio markets, the first of which is expected to open over the next few months. The foundation of the HealthSpot telehealth platform, which was announced in May, is built on expanding access to care by driving patient adoption of remote healthcare delivery models.
“We want to build a national healthcare access network across the country in retail pharmacies in conjunction with leading local health system partnerships. To truly evolve healthcare, we must focus on data integration in our system to deliver a high standard of care,” Steve Cashman, HealthSpot CEO, said at the time.
“With HealthSpot we have the potential to reach over 30,000 retail pharmacies which unlocks patient access to affordable and convenient care,” Tamara StClaire, chief innovation officer of Commercial Healthcare for Xerox, said at the time. “Now patients, providers and payers have easy access to the often unwieldy processes that underpin the healthcare system — like appointment scheduling, claims eligibility and submissions, and even integration with EHRs – all through one secure platform.”

 

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McKesson’s Paul Julian honored with 2015 Nexus Award for Lifetime Achievement

BY Antoinette Alexander

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Center for Healthcare Supply Chain Research, HDMA’s non-profit research foundation, and Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, honored Paul Julian, EVP and group president at McKesson with the 2015 Nexus Award for Lifetime Achievement.

The Nexus Award, which was presented at HDMA’s 2015 Business and Leadership Conference in San Antonio, recognizes exceptional character, accomplishments and leadership in HDMA, the industry and community.

“Through his participation with HDMA and other industry organizations, Paul has been a tireless champion for the value and efficiencies that distributors provide to the healthcare industry,” stated John Gray, president and CEO of HDMA. “It has been an honor to work with him, and I congratulate him on this prestigious achievement.”

Julian, who currently oversees McKesson’s domestic and international distribution solutions businesses, joined the company in 1996 as EVP of McKesson Health Systems. He has held a number of roles in the company, including president of McKesson’s medical-surgical business.

Among his other accomplishments at the company, Julian is credited with leading the development of McKesson’s Health Mart independent pharmacy network, as well as TogetherRx and Rx Savings Access savings cards to help seniors save money on their prescription medicines.

 “Paul and I have worked together for more than two decades. His dedication to this industry, his commitment to his colleagues and his tireless pursuit of operational excellence has always set him apart. McKesson has been fortunate to have Paul’s service over these many years and I am privileged to have him as a friend and colleague,” stated John Hammergren, McKesson’s CEO and chairman.

Prior to McKesson, Julian served in a number of senior management positions for healthcare companies, including Owens & Minor. At Stuart Medical, he became group VP and COO within five years of starting as a sales manager.

Julian served as a member of HDMA’s Board of Directors from 2000 to 2013. During that time he was a member of the Association’s executive committee (2005 to 2013). From 2008 until 2010, Julian served as HDMA chairman, a tenure that included advocating for the establishment of a federal traceability framework, among other issues. He also served as the chairman of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers and serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

“Paul Julian’s many career accomplishments and commitment to supply chain excellence and innovation have had a lasting impact on the pharmaceutical distribution industry,” added Karen Ribler, EVP and COO of the Center for Healthcare Supply Chain Research. “The Center is delighted to welcome him into the Nexus winners’ circle.”  
 

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Millennium Health, Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation tackle teen drug abuse with new film

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN DIEGO — Millennium Health and the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation have announced the availability of a short film, “If Only,” about the dangers of youth misuse and abuse of prescription drugs. The film and a discussion toolkit are now available online as a component of the Drop Them Off campaign that launched earlier this year. “If Only,” which premiered in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, and San Diego, aims to increase awareness among teenagers, parents and the public about the importance of ensuring safe use, storage and disposal of prescription drugs.
 
“Prescription drug misuse and abuse has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, and this film illustrates the danger this poses to youth today,” Brock Hardaway, CEO Millennium Health, said. "We are taking a grassroots approach to providing information about the problem, steps to safely use, store and dispose of prescription drugs, and materials that empower adults to initiate discussions with young people about the dangers and consequences of misusing prescription drugs.”
 
“As the film ‘If Only’ shows, it's critical that every parent and teen know the dangers that prescription drugs pose in every neighborhood, in every city,” said James Wahlberg, executive director of the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation. “Through our partnership with Millennium Health, we are giving adults new tools that will help them take action to prevent kids from accessing prescription drugs, and to help them have necessary and effective conversations with kids about the issues.
 
Millennium Health and the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation launched the Drop Them Off campaign in collaboration with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids' Medicine Abuse Project. The campaign aims to help educate parents, youth and the public about the dangers of youth misusing and abusing prescription drugs by encouraging proper use, storage and disposal to curb access. 

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