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McKesson launches McKesson Care Manager, a care management workflow solution for providers

BY Michael Johnsen

 

ATLANTA — McKesson on Wednesday announced a new care management workflow and documentation solution — McKesson Care Manager — specifically designed for the provider environment to help affect patient behavior and improve clinical and financial outcomes.
 
McKesson Care Manager provides a holistic view of the patient, using an evidence-based clinical assessment that incorporates multiple conditions and social factors to help accurately assess patients’ care gaps and barriers to accessing care. The result is an integrated care plan, informed by clinical, financial and quality data, that includes goals, interventions and education tailored to meet the patient’s needs. That information helps care managers identify and proactively manage patients who would benefit most from targeted programs.
 
St. Vincent’s Health Partners of Bridgeport, Conn., served as the beta partner for McKesson Care Manager. SVHP is a URAC-certified, physician health organization with nearly 400 local primary care and specialist physicians in over 50 practices. Its member hospital is the 473-bed St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. SVHP adopted a hybrid model comprising a centralized infrastructure that also supports a care management presence in the physician’s office.
 
“We at St. Vincent’s Health Partners take pride in supporting our providers with the transition to value-based care,” stated Michael Hunt, CMO/CMIO, St. Vincent’s Health Partners. “We use McKesson’s Population Manager, McKesson Risk Manager and now McKesson Care Manager so we can manage and measure patient care at the time of service, during transitions in care, and between each encounter in the context of a patient-centric care model," he said. “McKesson Care Manager helps us identify and manage patients needing high levels of care and intervention. Our care teams are able to stay connected to their patients and actively influence them to close care gaps and improve outcomes,” he added. “The success we achieve reflects directly on the health of the community we serve. We’ve seen the cost of care decrease substantially while improving the patient’s quality of life when we aggressively manage the patient’s care using a unified care plan.”
 
Designed to address this need, McKesson Care Manager provides a streamlined, analytics-informed workflow that identifies, stratifies and prioritizes patients needing support and a single work queue that helps care managers manage their daily tasks. The solution uses automated, rules-based algorithms to update care plans with recent changes to clinical, lab and medication data, along with risk scores and utilization cost and likelihood of admission data. McKesson Care Manager helps to enable a proactive team approach to patient care using consistent guidelines and access to a comprehensive patient record and care plan.
 
“McKesson Care Manager enables providers to coordinate care across the continuum. This helps to ensure that patients don’t get lost in follow-up and are getting the right care in the most appropriate setting,” said Rose Higgins, SVP and general manager of McKesson’s population and risk management business. “With more proactive care management, providers can reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency room visits while improving outcomes for the patient.”

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Misfit launches fitness monitor for under $50

BY Michael Johnsen

BURLINGAME, Calif. — Misfit, makers of Shine, on Wednesday announced its second wearable product, Misfit Flash, a versatile and easy-to-use fitness and sleep monitor.
 
Crafted out of a special soft-touch plastic, Flash is comfortable, extremely durable, and waterproof to 30 meters. It comes in seven unique colors.
 
“Flash is the only fully featured activity and sleep tracker in the world for under $50, making it an incredible value,” stated Tim Golnik, VP of product and design at Misfit.
 
Like Shine, Flash never requires charging and can be worn virtually anywhere — on a user’s wrist, pants, shirt, shoes, lapel or on a keychain. Flash automatically measures steps, calories, distance, sleep quality and duration, and tracks cycling and swimming. The entire front of Flash is a button; to check your progress toward your daily activity goal and the time of day, simply press it. Flash syncs wirelessly with the Misfit app on iOS and Android phones.
 
Flash will be available at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Walmart and other retailers in October.
 
Flash was originally created in partnership with the Coca-Cola Co., Misfit’s long-term strategic partner, to encourage active lifestyles globally. Misfit’s first product, Shine, launched in late 2013, and is now available in tens of thousands of retail locations in over 40 countries.
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Pharmacy First partners with PrescribeWellness on patient engagement solutions

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ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — Pharmacy First, an independent network of community pharmacies, on Tuesday announced their partnership with PrescribeWellness, a company with a cloud-based platform that delivers efficient patient communications and other related services to community pharmacists.
 
The technology of PrescribeWellness brings a unique array of patient engagement solutions to the community pharmacist. This data provides the information and tools for each pharmacy to impact their individual pharmacy Star Ratings.
 
“Healthcare is at a crossroads, and pharmacists are being forced to confront upheavals in their traditional role within the industry,” stated Robert Dickey, CEO Pharmacy First. “Quality networks, outcomes and prevention within a patient centric care model are what all stakeholders in the industry need to focus on. In the coming year, Star Ratings will be an important measurement affecting all pharmacies, and the partnership with PrescribeWellness will provide our independent pharmacies a powerful tool to manage these metrics. It is our goal to assist our pharmacies in improving and retaining the highest level of service, and through our partnership with PrescribeWellness we will be able to achieve this goal.”
 
PrescribeWellness’ software and services are designed to elevate the pharmacist’s role in preventive healthcare services. This allows delivery of more efficient provider services with programs that make it easier for pharmacies to utilize appointment based medication models to lead their patients to improved medication adherence and more effectively manage chronic disease.
 
“The American healthcare system is shifting its focus from sickness to prevention,” commented Al Babbington, president PrescribeWellness, “so it is critical for independent pharmacies to build patient relationships focused on medication adherence and chronic disease management. PrescribeWellness provides the tools for this.”
 

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