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October 14, 2013

Health kiosk maker PharmaSmart International and Canadian retail pharmacy chain Rexall will combine PharmaSmart's biometric screening technology with Rexall's dispensing system, under a new partnership announced Monday.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Health kiosk maker PharmaSmart International and Canadian retail pharmacy chain Rexall will combine PharmaSmart's biometric screening technology with Rexall's dispensing system, under a new partnership announced Monday.

October 10, 2013

A consortium of companies that has developed standards to improve the quality and effectiveness of technology service operations has named McKesson Pharmacy Systems & Automation as making the grade, McKesson said.

LIVONIA, Mich. — A consortium of companies that has developed standards to improve the quality and effectiveness of technology service operations has named McKesson Pharmacy Systems & Automation as making the grade, McKesson said.

The healthcare services company said it achieved the Service Capability and Performance standards, set by Service Strategies and several other technology companies.

October 10, 2013

Telehealth services and software provider MDLive has appointed a nationally known physician and talk show co-host as chairman of its medical advisory board.

SUNRISE, Fla. — Telehealth services and software provider MDLive has appointed a nationally known physician and talk show co-host as chairman of its medical advisory board.

MDLive announced Wednesday the appointment of Travis Stork, who is co-host of the Emmy award-winning daytime talk show "The Doctors."

October 10, 2013

QS/1 will offer its pharmacy clients prescription-translation software under a new partnership with pharmacy language service firm RxTran, the two companies said Thursday.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — QS/1 will offer its pharmacy clients prescription-translation software under a new partnership with pharmacy language service firm RxTran, the two companies said Thursday.

October 10, 2013

A listing of the 500 most innovative users of information technology, as determined by industry magazine InformationWeek, includes the country's largest retail pharmacy chain and a major dollar-store chain.

NEW YORK — A listing of the 500 most innovative users of information technology, as determined by industry magazine InformationWeek, includes the country's largest retail pharmacy chain and a major dollar-store chain.

On the recently released InformationWeek 500, Walgreens ranked 89th, and Dollar General ranked in 98th place.

October 8, 2013

More than half of prescribers are writing prescriptions electronically, according to a new study.

PLAINSBORO, N.J. — More than half of prescribers are writing prescriptions electronically, according to a new study.

October 7, 2013

The parent company of pharmacy software maker PDX has formed a new division to provide independent pharmacies with software and services, which it said would create portable, interoperable healthcare data.

FORT WORTH, Texas — The parent company of pharmacy software maker PDX has formed a new division to provide independent pharmacies with software and services, which it said would create portable, interoperable healthcare data.

National Health Systems announced Monday the creation of the Community Pharmacy Division within PDX and fellow NHS company National Health Information Network. The new offerings will allow independents' patients to share electronic healthcare data with other pharmacies and their providers.

October 4, 2013

A new mobile game app designed by CyberDoctor showed improvements in medication adherence, diet and exercise in diabetes patients, according to a study.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — A new mobile game app designed by CyberDoctor showed improvements in medication adherence, diet and exercise in diabetes patients, according to a study.

The company said that breakthrough clinical trial results for the game, called PatientPartner," documented for the first time the effectiveness of a story-driven game in changing health behavior and biomarkers. The study was conducted among 100 nonadherence patients at Hershey, Pa.-based Pinnacle Health Systems and presented at the Health2.0 Conference Wednesday in Santa Clara, Calif.

September 30, 2013

Most consumers have "no" or "a little bit" of knowledge about the health insurance marketplaces set to open on Tuesday, according to a new survey.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Most consumers have "no" or "a little bit" of knowledge about the health insurance marketplaces set to open on Tuesday, according to a new survey.

September 27, 2013

Health kiosk maker PharmaSmart International and a drug chain that operates stores in Minnesota and Iowa have integrated PharmaSmart's technology into the chain's software system.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Health kiosk maker PharmaSmart International and a drug chain that operates stores in Minnesota and Iowa have integrated PharmaSmart's technology into the chain's software system.

PharmaSmart and Astrup Drug said Friday that the integration of PharmaSmart's interoperable biometric screening technology with Astrup's Rx30 system allows timely patient interventions, counseling sessions and increases medication therapy management case recruitment for patients with hypertension, ultimately improving outcomes.

September 27, 2013

ScriptPro's Central Pharmacy Management System Point of Sale can now interface with a real-time system for tracking and controlling OTC products that can be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

MISSION, Kan. — ScriptPro's Central Pharmacy Management System Point of Sale can now interface with a real-time system for tracking and controlling OTC products that can be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

ScriptPro said its system now interfaces with the Appriss National Precursor Log Exchange system, currently used by pharmacies and law enforcement agencies in 22 states to track products like pseudoephedrine-based cold and allergy remedies. ScriptPro said the interface eliminates the need to keep a manual log to document sales of the products.

September 24, 2013

A decision by the Department of Health and Human Services to resolve conflicts that arose when it issued regulations under a law that establishes privacy rules for health information technology has drawn applause from a specialty pharmacy organization.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — A decision by the Department of Health and Human Services to resolve conflicts that arose when it issued regulations under a law that establishes privacy rules for health information technology has drawn applause from a specialty pharmacy organization.

September 23, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration will not enforce regulatory requirements for most mobile medical apps because they "post minimal risk to consumers," the agency said Monday.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration will not enforce regulatory requirements for most mobile medical apps because they "post minimal risk to consumers," the agency said Monday.

The FDA announced the issuance of guidance on the apps, saying it would adopt a "tailored policy" toward regulation, focusing its regulatory oversight on those apps that present greater risk if they do not work as intended.

September 19, 2013

A company that makes vending machine-like systems has a new business: medical and recreational marijuana.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – A company that makes vending machine-like systems has a new business: medical and recreational marijuana.

Medbox said Thursday that it had been contracted to file dispensary license applications and build-out facilities in Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Oregon, Illinois and Nevada, as well as recreational licenses in Washington and Colorado. Residents of the latter two states voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana last year.

September 18, 2013

Healthcare research firm KLAS has given Emdeon an 89.4-point score in its Enterprise Patient Access report for this year, the healthcare technology company said Wednesday.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Healthcare research firm KLAS has given Emdeon an 89.4-point score in its Enterprise Patient Access report for this year, the healthcare technology company said Wednesday.

Emdeon said it scored highly among vendors offering software systems for preauthorization, verification, electronic orders management and other services when KLAS polled healthcare providers in connection with the report.

September 17, 2013

Market saturation will drive down the market for electronic medical records in the United States despite a spike last year resulting from government incentive funding, according to a new study.

TORONTO — Market saturation will drive down the market for electronic medical records in the United States despite a spike last year resulting from government incentive funding, according to a new study.

The Millennium Research Group predicts that due to Medicare penalties for hospitals and physicians that fail to demonstrate meaningful use of electronic medical records by 2015, most adoption will occur by then. But market saturation means that purchases of new systems will likely decline.

September 12, 2013

The Department of Health and Human Services is devoting more than $5 million in grants to expand health information technology to rural areas, including telehealth, the agency said Thursday.

WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services is devoting more than $5 million in grants to expand health information technology to rural areas, including telehealth, the agency said Thursday.

HHS said it would devote nearly $5.3 million for workforce expansion and the use of telehealth to improve mental health services for veterans in rural areas, HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced.

September 9, 2013

Kiosk maker SoloHealth will promote the new Health Insurance Marketplace and the website HealthCare.gov under an agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services, the company said Monday.

ATLANTA — Kiosk maker SoloHealth will promote the new Health Insurance Marketplace and the website HealthCare.gov under an agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services, the company said Monday.

September 6, 2013

Targeted healthcare communications company LDM Group is adding Kmart to its network, LDM said Friday.

ST. LOUIS — Targeted healthcare communications company LDM Group is adding Kmart to its network, LDM said Friday.

As part of the network, Kmart will offer its PharmacistCare and CarePoints messaging systems to pharmacists and patients, with the goal of improving patients' medication adherence and overall health outcomes.

September 5, 2013

The global market for mobile health apps and other products is expected to reach a value of nearly $21 billion in five years, according to a new report.

DALLAS — The global market for mobile health apps and other products is expected to reach a value of nearly $21 billion in five years, according to a new report.

Market research firm MarketsandMarkets announced Thursday the release of the report, which analyzed the market for mobile health through 2018 in North America, Europe, Asia and elsewhere, forecasting that it would be worth about $20.7 billion by then. The market is currently valued at about $6.3 billion.

September 4, 2013

A patient-engagement and Medicare decision-making platform is now available in 500 pharmacies across the country.

NEW YORK — A patient-engagement and Medicare decision-making platform is now available in 500 pharmacies across the country.

iMedicare said the growth of the platform would help thousands of seniors enroll in affordable health insurance and prescription drug coverage by enabling pharmacists to help them shop for Medicare insurance plans, automatically integrating their prescription medications in one mobile system.

iMedicare works with major pharmacy software systems like Rx30, QS/1, Computer-Rx and others.

August 28, 2013

The global market for drug packaging is expected to experience tremendous growth over the next few years, according to a new report.

NEW YORK — The global market for drug packaging is expected to experience tremendous growth over the next few years, according to a new report.

August 27, 2013

The pharmacy automation and management systems made by ScriptPro will begin using biometric authentication technology from Xelios Biometrics, under a multi-year licensing agreement between the two companies.

MISSION, Kan. — The pharmacy automation and management systems made by ScriptPro will begin using biometric authentication technology from Xelios Biometrics, under a multi-year licensing agreement between the two companies.

The companies said such biometric identifiers as fingerprints would be more reliable in verifying identity than identification cards or personal identification numbers, which are currently used in ScriptPro's systems. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

August 21, 2013

RxNT's e-prescribing and electronic health record systems will incorporate taste options recommended by FlavoRx for liquid medications given to children in order to promote medication adherence among children, the two companies said.

COLUMBIA, Md. — RxNT's e-prescribing and electronic health record systems will incorporate taste options recommended by FlavoRx for liquid medications given to children in order to promote medication adherence, the two companies said.

August 19, 2013

Electronic health record provider Allscripts has introduced a new point-of-care system that aims to reduce chronic disease management costs and reduce hospital readmissions, the company said Monday.

CHICAGO — Electronic health record provider Allscripts has introduced a new point-of-care system that aims to reduce chronic disease management costs and reduce hospital readmissions, the company said Monday.

Allscripts said it would demonstrate the Population Health Analytics system at the Allscripts Client Experience, which takes place between Wednesday and Friday in Chicago.