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QS/1 unveils ESI Rx History interface

BY Antoinette Alexander

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — QS/1 is now offering the ESI Rx History interface, a medication reconciliation program allowing healthcare professionals to instantly retrieve a patient’s medication history.

Once setup, the ESI Rx History interface will allow pharmacies to provide a patient’s medication history automatically through QS/1’s PowerLine. The information is stored on ESI’s repository of retail prescription claims and is electronically delivered by ESI in real time when requested at the patient’s point of care.

“We are excited to offer this new interface,” stated Michael Ziegler, QS/1’s senior manager for marketing and analyst. “Using ESI Rx History will allow pharmacies to add their patient’s information to the database. If the patient ever is admitted to a hospital, this will give doctors immediate access to the most current medications the patient is taking.”

This service not only saves time for the caregiver, but also improves accuracy since the medication data is pulled directly from the patient’s information.

“Medical errors can increase during this critical handoff to a hospital or LTC facility,” Ziegler added. “This new interface ensures accurate information is delivered and can speed up the admission process.”
 

 

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Report: New Kansas law allows for ‘collaborative agreements’ for pharmacists

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Pharmacists in Kansas will be able to play a greater collaborative role in patient care under a new law that will take effect in July, according to a local news report.

Legislature approved the law earlier this year, allowing for the creation of “collaborative agreements” for pharmacists to start and modify drug therapies for patients under the supervision of a physician, the Wichita Eagle reported. Pharmacists also will be able to use their expertise to supplement the work of physicians.

The law, which could mean more roles for pharmacists in clinic-based practices and teams, came about after the Kansas State Board of Pharmacy saw a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that said Kansas was 1-of-4 states in the country with laws that “authorized extremely limited collaborative practice,” Debra Billingsley, executive director of the Kansas State Board of Pharmacy, was quoted as saying.

 

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The Consumer Goods Forum board strengthens commitment to worldwide health and wellness

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PARIS — The Consumer Goods Forum’s Board of Directors has reaffirmed its commitment to the implementation of its Health & Wellness Resolutions published in June 2011, which set out the Forum’s belief that manufacturers and retailers have a key role to play in improving the health and wellness of consumers, employees, their families and the communities they serve.
 
During a meeting of the board of directors, held during its annual Global Summit currently underway in Paris, The Consumer Goods Forum has asked its members for increased alignment and engagement on its ambitious five-year plan, which aims to empower the world’s population to make healthier product and lifestyle choices.
 
Responding to the increasing importance of health to consumers, the board has committed to lead the industry on a number of specific actions from the Resolutions, namely:

  • By 2016: Make company policies public on nutrition and product formulation;
  • By 2016: Implement employee health-and-wellness programs;
  • By 2018: Industry-wide implementation of consistent product labeling and consumer information to help consumers make informed choices and usages; and
  • By 2018: Stop targeted advertising to children younger than 12 years for products that do not fulfill specific nutrition criteria based on scientific evidence and/or applicable national and international dietary guidelines.

In addition, the board has approved the establishment of an External Scientific Advisory Council on Health and Wellness to give directional guidance.
 
In order to measure progress in implementation of the Resolutions, the industry’s first ever industry-wide survey also is being conducted. Following on from the 2013 Board pilot, the Forum is now extending the process to the entire membership with a new report describing industry progress to be published in January 2015.
 
 

 

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