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Innovative Card Scanning teams up with RediClinic

BY Antoinette Alexander

PLANO, Texas Innovative Card Scanning, a developer and provider of insurance card and ID scanning solutions for physicians, hospitals, medical billers, pharmacies and retail clinics, has teamed up with RediClinic.

Innovative Card Scanning’s DocketPORT Scanning Technology is now in place at 21 RediClinic locations across Houston and Austin, with plans for the scanning technology to be placed in future locations.

“Our business is based around the treatment of common conditions that can be accomplished conveniently and quickly for patients. It’s very important for us to optimize our check-in process to be as quick and efficient as we can, and this is one more way to help make that a reality,” stated RediClinic COO Lori Knowles.

With the new system, RediClinic patients have their insurance card and/ or driver’s license immediately scanned upon the office visit, creating a secure electronic record that follows them throughout the billing process.

The RediClinic billing department uses these files as a reference throughout the process to quickly confirm information accuracy or identify and correct any errors in-house. This system eliminates the need for paper files or to perform outside research to correct errors, and saves payment and claims that would sometimes be lost due to insufficient contact information, according to the company.

RedicClinic will have the option to further upgrade to Innovative Card Scanning’s optical character recognition technology, which will automatically extract patient data and populate it into their EMR system.

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Johnson & Johnson unveils large drug development pipeline

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. Drug maker Johnson & Johnson boasted a large drug development pipeline in a statement preceding a meeting with investors Thursday.

The company highlighted early-stage compounds and new regulatory filings in neuroscience, cardiovascular disease, immunology, infectious diseases and cancer, as well as new uses for drugs already on the market.

The company also mentioned the launches of the arthritis and psoriasis drug Simponi (golimumab) and the painkiller Nucynta (tapentadol) and a focus on growing core products like the inflammatory disorder drug Remicade (infliximab), the antipsychotic Risperdal Consta (risperidone) and the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder drug Concerta (methylphenidate hydrochloride).

“We are very optimistic about our future in pharmaceuticals,” J&J worldwide chairwoman of pharmaceuticals Sheri McCoy said in a statement. “We are well-positioned with an industry-leading pipeline, the global reach and financial resources of Johnson & Johnson, a long, rich history in pharmaceuticals and a broad portfolio that is grounded in science and addresses serious unmet needs.”

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Albertsons selects PDX to provide pharmacy technology solution

BY Antoinette Alexander

FORT WORTH, Texas Albertsons has selected PDX and affiliates Rx.com and NHIN to provide its pharmacy technology solution, replacing its current system with the new Enterprise Pharmacy System.

The chain’s pharmacies will implement the Rx.com Electronic Pharmacy Record, which facilitates chainwide DUR checking and allows patients the convenience of shopping at any Albertsons LLC pharmacy. In addition, NHIN will provide complete submissions, reconciliations and collections services for the retailer, as well as manage its day-to-day central host operations via Host Administrative Services.

 The company plans to pilot EPS in pharmacies in Texas and Arizona later this year, and will roll out the technology companywide in 2010. Albertsons LLC currently operates nearly 250 stores in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas.

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