We agree with the CDC, which recently announced that controlling blood pressure is the single most important thing Americans can do to improve their health outcomes.
Rochester, NY (PRWEB) August 08, 2016
PharmaSmart® International Inc., a prominent Rochester, NY manufacturer of health screening kiosks, and developer of Health IT and health management solutions, announces their partnership with Giant Eagle Supermarkets. PharmaSmart will deploy its clinically validated blood pressure Kiosk and cloud based Health IT platform across 217 Giant Eagle Supermarkets. This includes Giant Eagle, Market District, and Market District Express locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland and West Virginia. All kiosks will be manufactured and distributed out of PharmaSmart’s Rochester, NY manufacturing facility.
The Giant Eagle partnership follows a string of important announcements for PharmaSmart®. Most notably, PharmaSmart became a member of the American Heart Association’s “Check. Change. Control ™” leadership community, where it will contribute its expertise and technology toward the goal of reducing deaths from heart disease and stroke by 20% by the year 2020 (http://hbpleaders.heart.org/pharmasmart-aha). In addition, the World Hypertension League joined the American Society of Hypertension by publishing clinical guidance recognizing PharmaSmart’s unique qualifications as a validated, trustworthy solution for public-use, kiosk based blood pressure measurement.
This clinical recognition and key opinion leader support means pharmacies utilizing PharmaSmart® are in a stronger position to engage in collaborative practice agreements with regional providers and ACO’s. Giant Eagle intends to leverage PharmaSmart’s clinical-grade program to drive Medicare Star Ratings objectives, specifically measures D-14 (Medication Adherence for Hypertension), and C-19 (Controlling Blood Pressure), both of which are triple-weighted measures of high interest to national and regional insurers.
Mark Doer, SVP Pharmacy/Health & Wellness at Giant Eagle, said, “We agree with the CDC, which recently announced that controlling blood pressure is the single most important thing Americans can do to improve their health outcomes.” Doer continued, “For us this is more than just deploying new kiosks. With the PharmaSmart program, Giant Eagle now offers our patients a clinically valid solution for blood pressure management, including full integration into our Rx Software, and consumer website. PharmaSmart’s software allows us to easily intervene in cases where blood pressure control is not achieved, and we have the data to demonstrate our impact on blood pressure control rates over a managed population.”
PharmaSmart® Chief Operations Officer and Head of Trade Relations, Ashton Maaraba states, “In the US, 65% of all diagnosed cases of hypertension are not under control. We are thrilled to be working with Giant Eagle pharmacists and health & wellness specialists to target and treat uncontrolled hypertension. We are looking forward to working closely with the Giant Eagle Supermarkets as they continue to demonstrate excellence toward advancing both their Health & Wellness and clinical agenda.”
About Giant Eagle Supermarkets
Founded in 1931, Giant Eagle is one of the 40 largest privately-held and family-operated companies in the USA.
Giant Eagle serves more than five million customers annually through nearly 400 retail locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland. Giant Eagle is based in Pittsburgh, PA.
Giant Eagle Corporate Facts
- One of the largest, privately owned and family-operated companies in the nation
- Ranked number 27 on Forbes magazine's list of the top U.S. private companies
- Annual sales of approximately $9.3 billion
PharmaSmart®, headquartered in Rochester, NY, currently serves more than 7,000 locations, including retail pharmacies such as Giant Eagle Supermarkets, Brookshire Grocery Company, Kinney Drugs, Bartell Drugs, Coborns, Nash Finch, Roundy’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 (40) million targeted patient BP readings. For more information visit the company's website at http://www.PharmaSmart.com or contact corporate communications Katie Miller at (800) 781-0323 x338.