BioScrip utilizes HealthyCircles platform for website
ELMSFORD, N.Y. — Specialty pharmacy provider BioScrip has launched a Web service designed to connect healthcare professionals, patients and caregivers in order to help patients manage their medications and improve their overall care experience.
The website, myBioScrip.com, uses HealthyCircles, an online platform that enables people to use manage and share health information.
“We believe the HealthyCircles platform will enable BioScrip to define the future of specialty pharmacy and home infusion by enabling physicians, patients, family caregivers and pharmacists to securely connect with each other and manage care using a robust, permission-based framework,” BioScrip president and CEO Rick Smith stated. “It’s time we created a patient-centric model in the specialty space, and BioScrip is proud to be the first.”
Report: Many French pharmacies may be forced to bid adieu
NEW YORK — More than 5,000 pharmacies in France face a strong risk of bankruptcy following government efforts to contain escalating healthcare costs, Le Parisien reported.
Citing recent data from credit insurance company Coface, the French newspaper reported that as many as 24% of the country’s 22,259 pharmacies were at risk in the face of greater government price controls.
That compares with 126 pharmacies that went out of business last year, the French paper reported.
Zipnosis, Park Nicollet Health Services team up with Minn. service cooperative
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Zipnosis, which offers online access to mainstream medicine by providing consumers with simple and convenient online diagnosis and treatment of common health needs, and Park Nicollet Health Services have announced a new initiative with Resource Training and Solutions that will bring online health care to people living in central Minnesota.
Resource Training and Solutions, one of Minnesota’s nine service cooperatives, now will be able to help connect employers with this online healthcare solution, which, according to Zipnosis, will result in costs savings to the employee through out-of-pocket expenses and ultimately help reduce healthcare premiums. Zipnosis and Park Nicollet Health Services noted that they are hoping that many school district and state employees in the region will use the service, thereby helping to also cut costs at the state level.
"This new initiative will not only help fill a gap in care, but it will also reduce the out-of-pocket healthcare costs for patients," stated Zipnosis CEO and founder Jon Pearce. "Our ability to help patients gain quick diagnosis and treatment of their minor health needs from any computer, without worrying about deductibles or whether the clinic is in- or out-of-network, brings huge benefits to these communities."
"We are excited to be expanding the reach of online health care to Central Minnesota, and eager to share the benefits of Zipnosis with companies and their employees throughout the region," added John Misa, Park Nicollet’s chief of primary care. "Our partnership with Zipnosis reflects Park Nicollet’s goal to be a leader in healthcare technology, while preserving our commitment to improving access to health care and providing exceptional care to our patients."