News about Catalyst Healthcare's Alison Yesilcimen and Innovation’s Stephen Patton and Douglas Roberts.

The 2015 Pharmacy Technology Outlook

This year’s outlook survey found the technology vendors putting a heavy emphasis on patient management and pharmacist access. Data flows and mobile technology loom large, as does a continued focus on adherence, driven by system features for prescription synchronization, compliance packaging to promote adherence, medication therapy and disease management tools, improvements in workflow efficiency, and technology that helps pharmacists understand their patients better and support richer pharmacist-patient interactions.
Marsha K. Millonig, B.Pharm., M.B.A. Catalyst Enterprises

Mobile Payment Technology Taking Off

With the advent of Apple Pay and its integration with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, mobile payment technology is ready to take flight to a new altitude. Smart partnerships with finance and technology companies like Citigroup Inc., American Express, and Stripe have laid the groundwork for mobile payment technology to hit the tipping point.
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OIG Concerns with Co-pay Discount Programs

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report in September questioning pharmaceutical manufacturers’ safeguards to prevent co-pay card use in federally funded programs, specifically Medicare Part D. The OIG voices its concern with the strategies employed by the pharmaceutical manufacturers and their vendors that facilitate the execution of co-pay card programs.
George Pennebaker, Pharm.D.

Xstal Ball

This issue is all about what people think will happen next year. So I got out my crystal (xstal) ball and examined it carefully. Big blur — foggy ball — too many unpredictable influences.

Getting Feedback Can Be Engaging

One of the articles in a recent issue of iHealthBeat described a study conducted by Geisinger Health System. In the study, patients were allowed to review their medication lists for accuracy and completeness before seeing their doctor.

Is Your Pharmacy Safe from Hackers?

Over the last four years, 70% of small businesses that suffered a data breach were out of business within one year of the attack. Learn the best way to approach the complexity of PCI and HIPAA compliance requirements without straying from your business goals.

Prescription Synchronization: System Functionality that Can Help

Synchronization has been described as one of the few instances where all parties win. So why isn’t every community pharmacy implementing prescription synchronization? One reason is the limited support available in older pharmacy management systems.
Bill Lockwood, Chairman/Publisher

The Next Generation

Fairleigh Dickinson University decided a few years ago that a school of pharmacy would be a good opportunity to broaden its base of degree offerings. I was asked to serve on the advisory board during the developmental phase. This was quite an education, to see what goes into bringing a new school to fruition.

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