PHARMACY

Take Care to implement Greenway’s PrimeSuite in worksite health centers

BY Antoinette Alexander

CARROLLTON, Ga. Greenway Medical Technologies, a provider of electronic health records, ambulatory health care and clinical research business solutions and services, will supply its integrated EHR and interoperability solution to Take Care Health Employer Solutions, which builds and operates workplace-based health centers.

The deployment of Greenway’s PrimeSuite will enhance the existing capabilities of Take Care Health Employer Solutions’ primary and acute care health centers by streamlining access, maintenance and sharing of clinical and administrative information. This increased efficiency will enable increased interaction between providers and patients, leading to improvements in health outcomes and additional return on investment for employers.

 

Greenway’s PrimeSuite enhances efficiency by utilizing a single-database architecture, providing true integration of clinical, financial and administrative data throughout the patient experience. Patient care plans are automatically merged with scheduling, coding and processing.

 

"Our goal at Take Care Health Systems is to continuously seek out and implement innovative services and solutions which will allow us to mitigate the trend of rising healthcare costs while improving access to high-quality care," said Peter Hotz, Walgreens divisional VP and president of Take Care Health Employer Solutions. "Partnering with Greenway to roll-out their PrimeSuite EHR provides a unified electronic platform to further allow Take Care Health clinicians at worksite health centers to serve patients with unprecedented levels of interaction, care and accuracy. In addition, we’ll have the flexibility to meet the needs of our existing clients and continue to offer enhanced solutions and services as our business grows."

Implementation of PrimeSuite will occur at select new and existing Take Care Health Employer Solutions sites in 2010 and beyond.

 

According to research from Fuld & Com., implementation of worksite health centers has been shown to offer employers immediate savings of more than 10% of their total healthcare costs while driving improved behavior and patient outcomes in employee populations.

 

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“I am fully confident in our ability to deliver on our three major strategic imperatives – driving our performance in the next few years, improving our earnings base in 2013 and sustaining growth in 2014 and beyond,” said Bristol president and COO Lamberto Andreotti, who will soon replace James Cornelius as CEO. “We have important strategic, operational and financial levers which will allow us to fully realize our potential as a biopharma leader, and to deliver on our near-term and long-term growth opportunities.”

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NCPA survey finds pharmacists helped customers weather the (winter) storm

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. A recent survey by the National Community Pharmacists Association indicated that local pharmacists stepped up to the plate to make sure that patients’ healthcare needs were met during the 2009-2010 winter season.

NCPA polled 85 community pharmacies in 26 snow-plagued states over a seven-day period in February, while much of the East Coast was still digging out from snow storms and some areas braced for additional winter precipitation.

The survey findings reveal a deep commitment to continue serving patients despite the trying circumstances:

  • 79% managed to maintain normal business hours, with some pharmacies opening early or staying late as necessary. Some used generators to supply power and remain open. Others extended phone services to meet emergency needs
  • 36% expanded their pharmacy’s home delivery service area to accommodate additional patients. Sometimes this included traversing unplowed roads in four-wheel-drive vehicles or picking up groceries for homebound patients
  • 45% witnessed an increase in the number of patients needing emergency fills due to the lack of mail service. Meeting this need usually required either contacting the physician or a lengthy phone call to the insurance company or pharmacy benefit manager for an override. In other cases, pharmacists provided a short-term supply at no cost to the patient and without reimbursement to the community pharmacy.

“These community pharmacists truly stepped up when the patient need was greatest,” said Joseph Harmison, NCPA president. “That commitment is one reason why pharmacists are consistently among the public’s most-trusted professions.”

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