PharmaSmart® and Coborn’s Supermarkets Ink Major Deal

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PharmaSmart to deploy its clinically validated blood pressure Kiosk and cloud based Health IT platform across Coborn’s, Inc.’s 36 grocery stores with pharmacies.

With PharmaSmart, we now offer our guests a credible, evidence-based program for blood pressure management, including full integration into our Rx Software, and a branded patient health portal.

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 Coborn’s, Inc. PharmaSmart will deploy its clinically validated blood pressure Kiosk and cloud based Health IT platform across Coborn’s, Inc.’s 36 grocery stores with pharmacies, which operate under the banners of: Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, and Market Place Foods across Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. In addition, kiosks will also be placed in the company’s two clinic pharmacies and their Coborn’s support center in St. Cloud, MN. All kiosks will be manufactured and distributed out of PharmaSmart’s Rochester, NY manufacturing facility.
The Coborn’s, Inc. partnership follows a string of important announcements for PharmaSmart®. Most notably, PharmaSmart’s signature BPT Rx® integration with McKesson’s new Clinical Programs Solutions™ (CPS), a product that synchronizes PharmaSmart patient data with Mckesson’s EnterpriseRx® pharmacy management system.

Coborn’s, Inc. will leverage PharmaSmart’s clinical-grade program and McKesson’s CPS integration 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.

“For us this is more than just deploying new kiosks,” said Jim Cox, Coborn’s, Inc.’s Pharmacy Director. “With PharmaSmart, we now offer our guests a credible, evidence-based program for blood pressure management, including full integration into our Rx Software, and a branded patient health portal. PharmaSmart’s integrated solution allows us to easily intervene in cases where blood pressure control is not achieved, and we now have the data to demonstrate our impact on blood pressure control over a managed population.”
Cox further stated, “We now are in the process of negotiating remuneration with healthcare plans. PharmaSmart’s respected clinical brand and healthcare toolbox have helped bring insurance partners to the table. We evaluated deploying traditional, ‘recreational’ kiosks, but PharmaSmart’s program better supports Coborn’s reputation as a trusted healthcare brand, and bolsters our credibility with physician groups, health plans, and our own pharmacists, who want to know that their patient management tools are backed by evidence.”    

PharmaSmart® Chief Operations Officer and Head of Sales, Ashton Maaraba states, “Coborn’s clinical commitment and investment into controlling blood pressure is further proof that pharmacists deserve ‘provider status’, in line with legislation currently before Congress. We are thrilled to be working with Coborn’s health & wellness specialists to target and treat uncontrolled hypertension.

About Coborn’s Inc.
St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters. magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association. In 2016, Coborn’s was named one of the Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune.

About PharmaSmart®
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, Coborn’s, Inc., SpartanNash, Roundy’s,/Mariano’s a division of Kroger, Associated Food Stores, Leader, Good Neighbor, Price Chopper, 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 (50) 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.

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