|By Business Wire||
|March 27, 2014 06:00 AM EDT||
At the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Convention here today, PrescribeWellness announced a partnership with the APhA Foundation to provide community pharmacies new tools to help their diabetic patients improve their disease management and health. The partnership combines PeakWellness, the patient engagement technology from PrescribeWellness, with the Patient Self-Management Credential (PSMC) from the APhA Foundation. The credential has most recently been validated with Project: IMPACT Diabetes, a national diabetes self-management program that brings interdisciplinary care including pharmacists to underserved communities that are highly affected by diabetes.
“Nearly 25 million Americans have diabetes and that number could increase to 50 million by 2025,” said Al Babbington, PrescribeWellness CEO. “Armed with the right technology, community pharmacists can reverse this epidemic, reduce costs of diabetes and improve health for millions of Americans.”
The PeakWellness technology solution allows for a patient-centered, decision-based approach that leads to more successful diabetes management outcomes. The program uses digital, group or one-on-one diabetes counseling leveraging the APhA Foundation’s PSMC, which increases the likelihood of positive behavioral action and engagement of patients receiving diabetes treatment.
“For over a decade, pharmacists participating in our research projects have demonstrated the value of the PSMC in customizing diabetes education to fit the needs of each patient,” said APhA Foundation Executive Director Mindy Smith, RPh. “We are thrilled to be working with PrescribeWellness to expand the use of the PSMC with their community pharmacy customer base so pharmacists have tools to help them more effectively help patients with diabetes manage their illness and improve health outcomes.”
“Pharmacists play a vital role in preventive care, and their participation is critical to improving healthcare outcomes and lowering overall healthcare costs,” said Babbington. “With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the American healthcare system is shifting. It’s imperative for community pharmacies to build patient relationships, focusing on adherence and chronic disease management, while using the right tools and technology.”
PrescribeWellness proprietary cloud-based platform is designed to educate and inspire better health. The platform empowers pharmacies and other healthcare professionals to provide more effective preventive healthcare services. Digital engagements include medication adherence, chronic disease management, transitional care and population health. With data integration and proprietary behavioral science at the foundation, PrescribeWellness software solutions position the pharmacist at the center of community healthcare prevention. For information on the industry’s most effective patient engagement tools and programs, please visit www.prescribewellness.com.
About the American Pharmacists Association Foundation
The APhA Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., is America’s most trusted source of research demonstrating how pharmacists can improve health care. The APhA Foundation’s mission is to improve people’s health through pharmacists’ patient care services. The APhA Foundation is affiliated with the American Pharmacists Association, the national professional society of pharmacists in the U.S., representing more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and others interested in advancing the profession. For more information, please visit the APhA Foundation website www.aphafoundation.org.
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