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Speed Script hosted its biennial user’s conference and trade show at the Hilton Kansas City Airport Hotel and Convention Center. Attendees participated in the two-day event, which included CE sessions focused on Medicare star ratings and medication synchronization.
The National Community Pharmacists Association held its 2014 Annual Convention and Trade Exposition in Austin, Texas. Over 3,000 community pharmacists were on hand for pre-convention programming that included the Saturday technology seminar, extensive CE programming during the convention, and an exhibit hall with over 240 vendors. A wide range of technology providers was among that group.
Achieving Peak Performance was the title of the SoftWriters 2014 User’s Conference. The 6th annual edition moved to Las Vegas this year. There was a full slate of general sessions focusing both on SoftWriters’ newest offerings and updates on industry issues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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