PharmaSmart® and PDX Announce Integration Designed to Improve Quality of Patient Care through Clinical Screening in Retail Pharmacies

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PharmaSmart® International Inc. has entered into a relationship with industry leading pharmacy technology company PDX, Inc. to integrate PharmaSmart kiosks with the PDX Enterprise Pharmacy System (EPS) and patients’ secure clinical data stored in the Rx.com Enterprise Pharmacy Record (EPR).

PDX understands that pharmacies need tools to not only remain competitive in the marketplace but also to drive patient outcomes.

PharmaSmart® International Inc., an Inc. 5000 list and Rochester, NY Top 100 company, has entered into a relationship with industry leading pharmacy technology company PDX, Inc. to integrate PharmaSmart kiosks with the PDX Enterprise Pharmacy System (EPS) and patients’ secure clinical data stored in the Rx.com Enterprise Pharmacy Record (EPR).

This integration will allow PDX EPS pharmacies who install PharmaSmart health screening kiosks to collect data from patients who use the PharmaSmart devices for clinical tests—such as blood pressure and weight. For patients who opt-in, this clinical data is recorded to the patient’s record in EPS and subsequently, that patient’s centralized healthcare record within the EPR. The integration also facilitates notification of pharmacy staff when severe/urgent lab values indicate intervention is required.

Patients using the kiosk receive a Smart Card that links them to their individual PharmaSmart profile. Through the integration, pharmacists have access to an advanced clinical portal, providing a comprehensive overview of the patient’s historical biometric data. This new biometric integration triggers timely patient interventions, counseling sessions, and increases MTM/Cognitive Health Care Assessments for hypertensive, obese and diabetic patients. Additional tracking from validated PharmaSmart biometrics is downloaded in real-time to the corresponding patient’s record of the PDX Enterprise Pharmacy
System (EPS).

This technology will be available in EPS in 2014.

“PDX understands that pharmacies need tools to not only remain competitive in the marketplace but also to drive patient outcomes,” said PDX President Brad Crosslin. “By integrating this type of technology with EPS and facilitating the collection of clinical data within the patient’s healthcare record at the pharmacy and within the national EPR, we are helping pharmacists take an even more thorough, direct role in the care of their patients.”

PharmaSmart General Manager/SVP for its Strategic Business Development division, Josh Sarkis states, “PharmaSmart and PDX have collaborated on this integration to provide breakthrough pharmacy care to patients through cutting edge Heath Information Technology. The pharmacist is able to remain within workflow while viewing the patient’s health record, receive an alert notification, intervene when necessary and provide patient consultations. Ashton Maaraba, PharmaSmart’s General Manager/Chief Operating Officer adds, “It is important to have this type of seamless interoperability within the daily pharmacy workflow as it ultimately improves patient behavior and changes outcomes. As a community, monitoring patient behavior and having the access to the biometric data to do so is extremely important in making the right advancements in today’s healthcare. Not to mention Payers have recognized how critical these types of real-time cognitive assessments can be throughout the therapeutic process.”

About PDX
Almost 10,000 pharmacies across the U.S. benefit from technologies provided by PDX® and affiliates Rx.com® and NHIN®. PDX continues to build on its 25+ year commitment to excellence in retail pharmacy and patient care. Its single-source, integrated solution is unmatched by any other single provider or group of technology providers. It features the fast, intuitive, and advanced Enterprise Pharmacy System—already the choice of 21 chains and one major managed care plan; the portable, interoperable Rx.com Electronic Pharmacy Record which contains almost two billion prescriptions and over 95 million patients; industry-leading accounts receivable services from AbsoluteAR; store-based mail order and central fill services from Rx.com; pharmaceutical manufacturer performance programs from Rx.com Manufacturer Services; and more. http://www.pdxinc.com | http://www.rx.com

About PharmaSmart®
PharmaSmart®, headquartered in Rochester, NY, USA, currently serves more than 6,000 locations, including retail pharmacies such as Kinney Drugs, Bartell Drugs, Coborns, Nash Finch, Roundy’s/Mariano’s, Associated Food Stores, Leader, Good Neighbor, Astrup Drug, Winn Dixie, Big Y Foods, Harmons Grocery, Wal-Mart Canada, Safeway Canada, Loblaw’s, Le Groupe Jean Coutu, Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall/Katz Group, Zellers, Sobey’s Lawton’s, and other fine pharmacies. PharmaSmart® also serves major worksites, military bases, University Schools of Pharmacy, hospitals and medical clinics.

PharmaSmart’s PS Data Smart® Health IT database currently holds more than (22) million targeted patient blood pressure readings. For more information visit the company's website at http://www.PharmaSmart.com or contact corporate communications Shauna Delahanty-Thomas at (800) 781-0323.

Media Contacts

For PharmaSmart:
Shauna Delahanty-Thomas
Marketing Supervisor
sdthomas(at)pharmasmart(dot)com

For PDX, Inc.:
Todd Whitley
Director, Communications
twhitley(at)pdxinc(dot)com

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