TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 29, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Benzer Pharmacy is proud to announce it is now on first-name terms with Catalyst Healthcare as a "spencer-certified" pharmacy provider. As the name suggests, spencer is the personified moniker for industry-leading, digitally powered medication adherence technology and online-connected healthcare management, housed in a single standalone machine.
From a high-level perspective, Michael Halligan, VP of Sales at Catalyst Healthcare, suggested the move is shaping up to be a "win-win" for all stakeholders—patients and providers alike.
"We are very pleased to have Benzer Pharmacy join our spencer-certified pharmacy network," Halligan said. "Their laser focus on patients achieving positive outcomes is consistent with our goal of accelerating medication adherence and helping pharmacies—through technology—address medication adherence, medication therapy management and chronic disease management."
Discussing the impact of Catalyst's spencer, Tonya Shackelford, VP of Clinical Services at Benzer Pharmacy, elaborated, "Medication adherence technology by any other name is not the same."
"The beauty of the spencer device is that it works much like an in-person caregiver, organizing dosing schedules based on time and date, calling out audible reminders when it's time to take which meds and what to take them with," Shackelford explained. "Upon hearing those prompts, all a patient needs to do is press the dispensing button to access their medication."
Just a few of the upsides include eliminating the need for sorting and storing extra supplies, as well as unsightly and often confusing assortments of empty or half-empty bottles on the countertop.
The way Shackelford sees it, that advantage alone makes spencer ideal for people taking multiple medications. Not only does it provide custom prescription packets for greater convenience and compliance for patients, the technology-enabled aspects of the units offer greater peace-of-mind to their loved ones as well.
"Say you're someone who has been asked to 'look-in' on an elderly relative or friend. With spencer in the home, you can receive text updates through the caregiver app sent directly to your smartphone. That way, you're notified immediately when a dose is taken or missed. The benefits go on and on, but the peace-of-mind that comes with the extra levels of oversight might just be the best of all."
At times, that can go double for the pharmacist working on the other end. The spencer machine also loops in prescribers who can step-in to help manage prescriptions and refills through the video chat function—putting them in direct contact with their patients.
"Medications are precisely counted and packaged in barcoded packs, delivered straight to the front door of patients," Shackelford said. "Better yet, spencer supplies pharmacists with other kinds of biometric feedback on how patients are doing, like monitoring weight and blood pressure readings, viewed remotely through the app."
No more trips "back and forth" to the pharmacy will certainly come as a welcome relief, particularly in that spencer keeps all parties on the same page in a smart, connected hub that supports patients through a uniquely integrated "circle of care."
That's reason enough to get to know spencer.
"Better care at first sight," is what Shackelford calls it.
"All of us at Benzer Pharmacy would be pleased to introduce you."
To learn more about spencer, call 1-888-278-4858 or visit meetspencertoday.com.
For details on the availability of spencer in your area, contact your local Benzer Pharmacy, or, log on to https://www.benzerpharmacy.com/find-a-store/.
About Catalyst Healthcare and "spencer."
Part of Catalyst Healthcare's adherence ecosystem, "spencer" is a cornerstone within a suite of connected technologies that gather, share and correlate data in real-time. An award-winning technology company with offices in Canada and the United States, Catalyst is dedicated to improving medication adherence and reducing the costs associated with non- adherence to healthcare systems. In essence, Catalyst provides an end-to-end pharmacy solution for adherence that improves quality and efficiency at every point across the medication delivery ecosystem. The goal of the organization is to ensure that everyone, regardless of care setting, has access to clinically-managed digital health tools that lower costs and improve outcomes.
About Benzer Pharmacy.
Founded in 2009, Benzer Pharmacy is a chain of independent retail pharmacies specializing in compounding and specialty medication. Currently, there are 82 corporate- owned and 34 franchise locations situated throughout 29 states, including Florida, Michigan, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Georgia, Nevada, Louisiana, New York, Missouri, Mississippi, Maryland, Ohio, Indiana, and Idaho. Projections call for continued rapid growth as the organization seeks to substantially increase its customer base, while ensuring experiences match expectations at every touchpoint. Benzer Pharmacy has made four straight appearances on Inc. 5,000 list of the fastest growing private companies in America from 2015-2018; correspondingly, the company earned 39 th place on the 2015 Florida Fast 100 list, while concurrently placing 67 th on the 2015 TBBJ 200 list of Tampa Bay's largest private companies. Benzer was also voted favorite pharmacy in the 2015 Best of Fuquay Varina in North Carolina, and achieved PCAB compounding accreditation with Accreditation Commission for Health Care(ACHC). All Benzer Pharmacy medications require a doctor's prescription.
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