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Surescripts has added nearly two-dozen EHR vendors to network in the past year, company says

BY Alaric DeArment

ARLINGTON, Va. — Electronic prescribing services provider Surescripts has added nearly two-dozen electronic health record vendors to its network over the last year, the company said Monday.

The software vendors include Adaptamed, AssistRx, Bizmatics, ChartLogic, HealthFusion, Merge Healthcare, SuccessEHS and others.

"As a trusted partner to many of these EHR vendors, we continue to make significant progress toward breaking down costly communication barriers among care providers," Surescripts president and CEO Harry Totonis said. Totonis said Thursday that he would step down in March, after five years at the helm of the company. "The Surescripts network provides connected eHRs and their rapidly growing contracted base the scale they need to connect care providers within a community and across the country."

The company said its clinical messaging allows patient-specific protected health information to be instantaneously and securely transmitted between healthcare providers, leading to increased efficiency, informed care decisions, better patient outcomes and lower healthcare costs, and users will be able to easily connect to the network to enable clinical messaging part of their efforts to meet industry EHR standards.

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NASPA honors 42 pharmacists with innovation award

BY Alaric DeArment

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — More than three-dozen pharmacists in 41 states will receive the 2013 National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations’ Excellence in Innovation Award, which is designed to recognize pharmacists who have demonstrated significant innovation in their practice.

The award, sponsored by drug maker Upsher-Smith Labs, focuses on those innovations in practice, method or service that directly or indirectly improve patient care and the advancement of the pharmacy profession.

"Upsher-Smith is proud to sponsor NASPA’s efforts to recognize these talented innovators in the field of pharmacy," Upsher-Smith president and CEO Mark Evenstad said. "As a pharmacist, our chairman, Kenneth Evenstad, has instilled a great respect for the role of the pharmacist throughout Upsher-Smith. We believe the impact pharmacists can have on patient wellness and their passion for improving patient lives is truly inspiring."

The recipients of the award are Jeffrey Jerkins, Alabama; Amy Kennedy, Arizona; Lanita White, Arkansas; Charles Caley, Connecticut; William Harbester, Delaware; Sonia Martinez, Florida; Bobby Price, Georgia; Kara Izumi, Hawaii; Izabella Wentz, Illinois; Gloria Sachdev, Indiana; Heather Ourth, Iowa; Lisa Everett, Kansas; Buddy Wheeler, Kentucky; Errol Duplantis, Louisiana; Steve Maki, Maine; John Motsko, Maryland; Geoffrey Twigg, Maryland; Allison Paquin, Massachusetts; the FirstLight Health System Pharmacy Team, Minnesota; Robert Lomenick, Mississippi; Paul Perniciaro, Missouri; Matthew Bowman, Montana; Ajay Gupta, New Hampshire; Anne Crochunis, New Jersey; Jennifer Ortega, New Mexico; Elizabeth Phillips, New York; Stephen Eckel, North Carolina; Thrifty White Pharmacies, North Dakota; Joseph Dula, Ohio; John Crumly, Oklahoma; Bill Boyce, Oregon; Robert Maher, Pennsylvania; Anita Jackson, Rhode Island; Jessica Puckett-Beasley, South Carolina; Ryan Moss, Tennessee; Debra Lopez, Texas; Brandon Jennings, Utah; Michelle Herbert Thomas, Virginia; Stephen Setter, Washington; Denise Walbrandt Pigarelli, Wisconsin; and Scot Schmidt, Wyoming.

 

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Diplomat acquires American Homecare Federation

BY Alaric DeArment

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat has acquired a hemophilia-focused specialty pharmacy based in Connecticut, the specialty pharmacy company said Monday.

Diplomat announced that it had bought Enfield, Conn.-based American Homecare Federation, which provides pharmacy services for patients with hemophilia who depend on homecare throughout the United States. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"Diplomat is pleased to expand our footprint in the hemophilia specialty space with the acquisition of AHF, which has an outstanding reputation for serving the hemophilia community and complements Diplomat’s philosophy to ‘take good care of patients, and the rest falls into place,’" Diplomat CEO Phil Hagerman said. "The AHF purchase also establishes Diplomat’s physical presence in the Northeast and allows for future expansion opportunities in that region."

 

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