Feeling under the weather? Make your community pharmacy your first port of call this winter

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Community pharmacists are able to give you advice about how to use your medicines in a way that fits in with your lifestyle and helps you get the best possible benefit from taking your medicines. They can also highlight any possible side effects and talk to you about any concerns you may have about your medicines. All medicines can be dangerous and so above all your pharmacist is your ‘advocate’ and there to make sure taking your medicines is as safe as possible.

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Wearable Technology: A Pool of Opportunities in Healthcare

Article | June 22, 2022

Introduction The field of smart wearable devices has advanced significantly in recent years as a result of the advent of mobile medicine, the development of new technologies like smart sensing, and the increased penetration of personalized health concepts. These Internet of Things (IoT)-based smart devices not only help people pursue a healthier lifestyle, but also offer a constant flow of healthcare data, which can be used for disease diagnosis and treatment, by actively recording, tracking, and monitoring metabolic status and physiological parameters. Wearable technologies have the potential to completely change the ways to monitor health behavior and are increasingly finding clinical implementation for patients with various types of diseases. Wearable Technology: New Ways of Patient Monitoring While wearable technology has demonstrated value in the fields of entertainment, fitness, and gaming, it is making inroads into the healthcare industry at a rapid pace. Increasing advancements in sensor technology and artificial intelligence (AI) are assisting millions of people in detecting and managing chronic health conditions and avoiding serious illnesses using devices that are as small as a patch the size of a penny or small enough to be worn on the wrist. According to a study, nearly 320 million consumer health and wellness wearable devices are estimated to be shipped across the globe in 2022, and the number is likely to surpass 440 million units as a number of new devices come out and more healthcare providers start using them. Most wearable devices, such as smartwatches, now include heart rate monitors, and some have FDA approval for detecting abnormalities such as atrial fibrillation, a major cause of stroke. As these devices become more intelligent, the percentage of patients and consumers who use them to manage chronic health conditions and diagnose symptoms of serious diseases is likely to rise. This is expected to assist the sales of wearable devices in healthcare to exceed $195 billion by the end of 2027, presenting huge prospects for healthcare equipment providers and associated companies to benefit from the opportunity. The Future of Wearable Technology in Healthcare Though wearable technology is experiencing rapid growth, the field is still considered to be in its nascent stage, presenting massive remunerative prospects for the manufacturers of smart devices, especially in the healthcare industry. Hence, companies of all kinds, from giants to upstarts, are emphasizing on investing and developing new wearable devices with new features and functionalities to meet the surging demand for wearables across healthcare in coming years.

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The Long-Term Care Software: Mapping the Future

Article | August 12, 2022

Long-term care comprises all the health services that help patients with chronic illnesses or disabilities meet their medical and non-medical needs. It caters to those who cannot care for themselves for extended durations. For care providers, it becomes critical to meet the needs of patients on time while delivering top-notch quality, especially at a time when virtual care is more important than ever. To remedy this, many of the tasks and processes within long-term care are supported by digital solutions. These long-term care software applications enable care providers to automate aspects of patient scheduling, inventory control, regulation and compliance, data management, care delivery management, and much more. Some of the end users of long-term care software include home healthcare agencies, nursing homes, and residential hospice care facilities. What is Driving the Growth of Long-Term Care Solutions? Digitalization has swept the healthcare industry, and medical technology now occupies a significant area of medical care delivery. With the demand for a robust healthcare infrastructure aggravated by a shortage of medical professionals, the need for automation is driving the growth of medtech across all areas of healthcare. In addition, fewer medical specialists and medical cost reduction initiatives combined are powering the long-term care software market’s growth. Challenges for the Long-Term Care Software Market Despite the rapid growth in the use of digital solutions to manage administrative and compliance tasks, technological transformations are expensive. The high maintenance costs incurred by care providers are a major hindrance towards a full-fledged adoption. Many care providers are also unwilling to adopt new applications due to the implementation and staff training costs involved in doing so. What the Future Holds? With an increase in remote care and the use of technologies like the Internet of Medical Things to deliver diagnostic services and preventive care, medtech is witnessing a revolution. Long-term care is bound to follow suit thanks to areas like remote patient monitoring and wearable technology. While the long-term care market is slated to grow by leaps and bounds, solution makers must find a way to help care providers warm up to the use of technology and de

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Amazon Care: Revolutionizing Virtual Care

Article | August 29, 2022

In 2021, the introduction of Amazon Care marked the first time a prominent technology firm stepped into the healthcare services industry. The fact that Amazon filed paperwork to offer care in multiple states without much fanfare is intriguing. In March 2021, the company confirmed the details of its new services, announcing that it would be delivering the services through an independent private medical practice called Care Medical. The move may signify another diversification for Amazon, but what does it mean for the healthcare services landscape? The Highlights of Amazon Care’s Services Home healthcare Amazon announced that it would be participating in an advocacy group for home healthcare. The Moving Health at Home initiative aims to transform how policymakers view the home as a site to deliver clinical services. Amazon Care may be riding on the trend for home care that has been evolving in the form of remote patient monitoring for post-acute care management and chronic care. Employer-oriented offering Amazon Care aims to become a workplace benefit partner for employers. One of the pain points it is directly addressing is the challenge of runaway inflation that increases healthcare costs. Virtual care simplified The most significant offering that Amazon Care plans to lead with is virtual care that promises to reduce wait times for quality patient care to under 60 seconds. It also includes the option to access 24-hour care services through messaging and video calling. In addition, it eliminates unnecessary traveling and long wait times by delivering care in the comfort of the patient’s home. The Path Ahead Amazon is known for introducing a slew of initiatives in the health and fitness sector, like the Halo wearables, a data management product called Amazon Health Lake, and a healthcare delivery system called Haven, which doubled over in 2021 after a three-year run. However, the tech juggernaut is not about to stop attempting to disrupt healthcare services. Only time will tell whether Amazon Care finally proves to be a feather in Amazon’s healthcare cap or another ambitious project that bites the dust.

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3 IT Investment Strategies Hospitals Can Use to Improve Patient Care

Article | July 5, 2022

Rural, community, and independent hospitals are constantly facing mounting challenges in the form of staff shortages, accessibility to patient care and a multitude of cost concerns. Getting even one of these areas under control can help hospitals drastically boost their outcomes. Here are three areas of IT investment that hospitals must control to go beyond staying functional and create an excellent patient experience. Telehealth for Staff Shortage Healthcare currently face massive staff shortage with a projected gap of up to 48,000 primary care physicians and up to 77,100 specialty physicians till 2034. The effects of this shortage could be lessened by using virtual care, which would allow hospitals to care for patients through remote staffing. Digitalizing Patient Care with Asynchronous Telehealth Async telehealth of patients sending photos and videos to fast-track diagnosis. Async telehealth makes it easier for doctors to connect with more patients. This shortens the time it takes to see specialists and get important care services. Remote Patient Monitoring According to a CDC report, 90% of all healthcare spending goes into treating chronic conditions. Considering that U.S. nonmetropolitan areas have a high number of patients diagnosed with chronic conditions, accessibility is one of the contributing factors. Remote patient monitoring enhances patient care for people with chronic conditions. Wearable medical devices are already driving the move towards remote patient monitoring. Whether it’s through wearable weight scales, heart monitors, blood pressure bands, or pulse oximeters, clinicians can generate regular updates about a patient’s health readings and ensure a timely response in order to avert complications. Conclusion There is much to be achieved on the healthcare front when it comes to digitalizing care. The above technologies are enabling healthcare providers take delivery of medical care further than ever and ensure they generate more traction from their IT investments in these areas of medtech.

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Adherehealth and Levrx Technology Announce Strategic Partnership to Improve Medication Optimization and Reduce Pharmacy Costs

AdhereHealth | January 27, 2022

AdhereHealth, a healthcare technology leader in medication adherence insights and health outcomes, today announced a new integration partnership with Levrx TechnologyInc, a digital health technology company that drives prescription efficiencies and maximizes savings. Their combined solution enables health plans and self-insured employers to realize immediate pharmacy cost savings and near-term medical cost reductions by integrating Levrx's plan-specific and real-time prescription insights into the Adhere Platform's Medication Optimization solution. One of the biggest challenges in U.S. healthcare is the increasing cost of pharmacy. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), prescription spend for private insurance and state-run programs was$348.4 billionin 2020 and is projected to reach$560.3 billionby 2028. As total costs continue to rise, member cost-share also increases along with concern for medication non-adherence. Statistics show that at least 12.8 million adults delayed or did not get prescription drugs in 2018-19 due to cost. "More than 50 percent of prescriptions are abandoned at the pharmacy when exceeding$125. By partnering with Levrx, our Medication Optimization solution now includes formulary cost savings analytics and technologies, which address lower-cost medication options for the patient, health plan, and employer. Care teams can use these insights to further drive medication adherence and deliver immediate and lasting cost savings." Jason Z. Rose, CEO of AdhereHealth Anchored within the Adhere Platform™, the Medication Optimization solution creates insights based on medical claims, pharmacy claims, and direct patient and provider engagement to automatically identify patients at the highest risk for non-adherence. The system generates targeted analytics, which are updated daily and integrated into the various clinical workflows to prioritize high-risk patients and guide personalized outreach.Insights from predictive analytics enable care teams with actional insights as they engage high-risk patients to close critical medication optimization gaps. With the addition of Levrx capabilities, AdhereHealth can now enhance its impact by adding prescription formulary opportunity analytics into its data-driven medication optimization workflow. The Adhere Platform uses these analytics to alert clinicians when lower-cost alternatives are available. The provider is empowered to proactively coordinate with the patient and provider to prescribe the right medication, minimize non-adherence, and improve health outcomes. Conversely, the Adhere Platform's analytics are integrated into Levrx Practice App™technology workflows for providers. Unlike other formulary optimization solutions, Levrx delivers plan-specific and real-time prescription insights. This is far superior to general or national information other solutions utilize because they account for the patient's plan-specific formulary, accumulator, and real-time pricing. Levrx also engages physician groups and members directly, giving healthcare consumers the information needed at the point of care to keep costs low, avoid prescription rewrites, and prevent non-adherence based on cost. "Our analyses consistently identify 10-20% total annual prescription savings opportunities for clients. By integrating Levrx, AdhereHealth's platform now has the power to lower prescription costs by combining real-time medication pricing information with other actionable insights," saidVikram Agrawal, President & CEO at Levrx."What's beenthe cherry on top is the increasedtrust and satisfaction that members have for their insurance." AboutLevrx Technology Levrxis aninnovativesoftwarecompanythat usestechnology to transform the healthcare experience, one prescription at a time. Levrxalignsproviders,patients,pharmacies, and payerson oneplatformtosimplifyprescribing and ensure affordability. AboutAdhereHealth AdhereHealth delivers purpose-built, innovative technology solutions to improve quality of care, medication adherence, and cost outcomes – all with an emphasis on overcoming social determinants of health (SDOH) and improving patient experience. AdhereRx, an AdhereHealth digital pharmacy, provides high-risk, underserved patients with personalized pharmacy services that drive medication compliance and reduce unnecessary utilization costs. This unique combination of predictive analytics, intelligent clinical workflow software, and proactive telepharmacy outreach performed by a nationwide team of licensed clinicians addresses an estimated half a trillion dollars of unnecessary annual medical costs attributed to medication adherence issues. Today, the Adhere™ Platform touches nearly 30 million patients across dozens of health plans, self-insured employers, and other risk-bearing entities.

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Hero and AdhereHealth Establish Strategic Partnership to Improve Medication Adherence Among Vulnerable Patients

AdhereHealth | December 18, 2021

AdhereHealth, a healthcare technology leader in medication adherence insights and health outcomes, has entered into a strategic partnership with Hero, the market leader in digital in-home care. This new agreement enables AdhereHealth to deploy Hero's digital in-home care platform to help high-risk, high-cost, chronically ill patients adhere to complex medication regimens. Hero's platform includes a connected smart pill dispenser, which automatically sorts and dispenses medications according to a patient's unique medication schedule. Hero's connected app then tracks what a patient took and when, and sends real-time alerts to the patient's care team if a dose is missed or a medication is ready for refill. Hero continually monitors the patient's medication inventory and facilitates real-time medication reconciliation and synchronization. "Combining Hero's industry-leading medication management platform with AdhereHealth's advanced technologies and its nationwide AdhereRx digital pharmacy creates the first complete lifecycle medication management service," said Kal Vepuri, founder and CEO of Hero. "Our partnership will also simultaneously improve patient safety by focusing on medication management, further support caregivers and help people take more control of their health," added Mr. Vepuri. AdhereHealth's digital pharmacy, AdhereRx, leverages data analytics to identify and prioritize vulnerable populations most at risk for nonadherence or drug safety problems. Trained pharmacists then connect via phone with patients to conduct comprehensive medication reviews and address social determinants of health (SDOH) that might get in the way of medication adherence. "Hero's patient-centric technology will enable care managers, providers and health plans to remotely monitor medication intake, providing real-time visibility into how patients are adhering to medication regimens at home. Combined with our medication synchronization technologies and our nationwide AdhereRx digital pharmacy solution, we can drive better patient experience and improve value-based outcomes for vulnerable populations." Jason Z. Rose, CEO of AdhereHealth Poor medication adherence is a leading cause of re-hospitalizations and ER visits, especially among the elderly and those with chronic conditions. The financial impact is significant: medication nonadherence accounts for 16% of U.S. healthcare spending annually, accounting for more than half a trillion dollars. About Hero Hero is a leading digital in-home care platform delivering the first end-to-end medication management service for patients and caregivers. Hero's solution includes its award-winning smart pill dispenser, medication management app, automatic refills with free delivery and 24/7 live support. Since launching in 2018, Hero has dispensed more than 70 million medications. Hero is used as a care management solution by individuals, caregivers and medical providers. About AdhereHealth™ AdhereHealth delivers purpose-built, innovative technology solutions to improve quality of care, medication adherence, and cost outcomes – all with an emphasis on overcoming social determinants of health (SDOH) and improving patient experience. AdhereRx, an AdhereHealth digital pharmacy, provides high-risk, underserved patients with personalized pharmacy services that drive medication compliance and reduce unnecessary utilization costs. This unique combination of predictive analytics, intelligent clinical workflow software and proactive telepharmacy outreach performed by a nationwide team of licensed clinicians addresses an estimated half a trillion dollars of unnecessary annual medical costs attributed to medication adherence issues. Today, the Adhere™ Platform touches nearly 30 million patients across dozens of health plans, self-insured employers and other risk-bearing entities.

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TRC Healthcare Teams Up with Pharmacy Quality Solutions on Pharmacy Continuing Education Podcasts

TRC Healthcare | October 12, 2021

TRC Healthcare, a top provider of evidence-based medication advisory resources for clinicians announced a partnership with Pharmacy Quality Solutions (PQS), a leading technology provider of pharmacy performance management services. Along with PQS, TRC Healthcare will offer a pilot program for pharmacy continuing education (CE) through the PQS podcast, the PQS Quality Corner Show. The first podcast episode available for CE debuted August 2021 in TRC Healthcare's Pharmacist's Letter. With the pilot program, TRC Healthcare is exploring expansion of its CE channels with the inclusion of audio podcasts. Listeners of the PQS Quality Corner Show have the ease of podcast learning with the ability to earn CE credits through the Pharmacist's Letter website. "Our research has shown that many pharmacists are eager to explore different ways to digest CE content, and podcasts were at the top of the list. PQS is a leader in pharmacy quality and education and has developed a solid podcast listenership. We are very much aligned to make it more convenient for our pharmacy audience to access content on the go. We are excited to work with PQS in this endeavor." Wes Crews, CEO of TRC Healthcare The first set of episodes available for CE credit covers the topic of immunizations and can be downloaded on all major streaming services. "In our efforts to make each one of our episodes better than the last, we are pleased to evolve our content in 2021 and work with TRC Healthcare to provide continuing education for pharmacists. As our show has always been about education and improvement on quality, we have purposefully structured our show to follow a CE seminar format where we ask key questions and help our audience learn essential details." Quality Corner Show Host and PQS Senior Manager of Pharmacy Accounts, Nick Dorich, PharmD The second set of episodes covers geriatric care and is available on the Pharmacist's Letter and the Quality Corner Show. About TRC Healthcare TRC Healthcare (TRC) is a premier source of lifelong learning solutions for healthcare professionals. TRC is most recognized for their education and CE offerings within the highly-regarded Pharmacist's Letter, Prescriber's Letter, and Pharmacy Technician's Letter. TRC also offers Pharmacy Technicians University, the leading online training program for pharmacy technicians. The Natural Medicines database makes it easy for subscribers to find unbiased, evidenced-based research about alternative drug therapies. Through the acquisition of CriticalPoint and NetCE, TRC Healthcare recently expanded its offerings. CriticalPoint increases patient safety through a variety of educational compounding offerings concentrating on USP 797, 800, and 795. NetCE is an industry-leading, continuing-education platform, specializing in continuing education across multiple professions including nurses, physicians, and mental health. These additions give TRC Healthcare the industry's largest catalog of continuing education and advisory services, with thousands of courses trusted by healthcare professionals to provide accredited training that meets continuing education and licensing requirements. About Pharmacy Quality Solutions, Inc. (PQS) PQS is a healthcare quality technology company, connecting healthcare payers and providers who value measurement as the pathway to better patient outcomes. Partners of PQS represent nearly 90% of all Medicare Part D lives and 95% of community pharmacies. PQS delivers quality insights and guidance to support their customers' efforts to optimize the quality of medication management and use for their Medicare, Medicaid and commercial populations. PQS' industry-leading platform, EQUIPP®, provides standardized measurement and reporting on key medication use quality measures and value-based reimbursement programs focused on medication adherence, treatment outcomes and patient safety.

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Adherehealth and Levrx Technology Announce Strategic Partnership to Improve Medication Optimization and Reduce Pharmacy Costs

AdhereHealth | January 27, 2022

AdhereHealth, a healthcare technology leader in medication adherence insights and health outcomes, today announced a new integration partnership with Levrx TechnologyInc, a digital health technology company that drives prescription efficiencies and maximizes savings. Their combined solution enables health plans and self-insured employers to realize immediate pharmacy cost savings and near-term medical cost reductions by integrating Levrx's plan-specific and real-time prescription insights into the Adhere Platform's Medication Optimization solution. One of the biggest challenges in U.S. healthcare is the increasing cost of pharmacy. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), prescription spend for private insurance and state-run programs was$348.4 billionin 2020 and is projected to reach$560.3 billionby 2028. As total costs continue to rise, member cost-share also increases along with concern for medication non-adherence. Statistics show that at least 12.8 million adults delayed or did not get prescription drugs in 2018-19 due to cost. "More than 50 percent of prescriptions are abandoned at the pharmacy when exceeding$125. By partnering with Levrx, our Medication Optimization solution now includes formulary cost savings analytics and technologies, which address lower-cost medication options for the patient, health plan, and employer. Care teams can use these insights to further drive medication adherence and deliver immediate and lasting cost savings." Jason Z. Rose, CEO of AdhereHealth Anchored within the Adhere Platform™, the Medication Optimization solution creates insights based on medical claims, pharmacy claims, and direct patient and provider engagement to automatically identify patients at the highest risk for non-adherence. The system generates targeted analytics, which are updated daily and integrated into the various clinical workflows to prioritize high-risk patients and guide personalized outreach.Insights from predictive analytics enable care teams with actional insights as they engage high-risk patients to close critical medication optimization gaps. With the addition of Levrx capabilities, AdhereHealth can now enhance its impact by adding prescription formulary opportunity analytics into its data-driven medication optimization workflow. The Adhere Platform uses these analytics to alert clinicians when lower-cost alternatives are available. The provider is empowered to proactively coordinate with the patient and provider to prescribe the right medication, minimize non-adherence, and improve health outcomes. Conversely, the Adhere Platform's analytics are integrated into Levrx Practice App™technology workflows for providers. Unlike other formulary optimization solutions, Levrx delivers plan-specific and real-time prescription insights. This is far superior to general or national information other solutions utilize because they account for the patient's plan-specific formulary, accumulator, and real-time pricing. Levrx also engages physician groups and members directly, giving healthcare consumers the information needed at the point of care to keep costs low, avoid prescription rewrites, and prevent non-adherence based on cost. "Our analyses consistently identify 10-20% total annual prescription savings opportunities for clients. By integrating Levrx, AdhereHealth's platform now has the power to lower prescription costs by combining real-time medication pricing information with other actionable insights," saidVikram Agrawal, President & CEO at Levrx."What's beenthe cherry on top is the increasedtrust and satisfaction that members have for their insurance." AboutLevrx Technology Levrxis aninnovativesoftwarecompanythat usestechnology to transform the healthcare experience, one prescription at a time. Levrxalignsproviders,patients,pharmacies, and payerson oneplatformtosimplifyprescribing and ensure affordability. AboutAdhereHealth AdhereHealth delivers purpose-built, innovative technology solutions to improve quality of care, medication adherence, and cost outcomes – all with an emphasis on overcoming social determinants of health (SDOH) and improving patient experience. AdhereRx, an AdhereHealth digital pharmacy, provides high-risk, underserved patients with personalized pharmacy services that drive medication compliance and reduce unnecessary utilization costs. This unique combination of predictive analytics, intelligent clinical workflow software, and proactive telepharmacy outreach performed by a nationwide team of licensed clinicians addresses an estimated half a trillion dollars of unnecessary annual medical costs attributed to medication adherence issues. Today, the Adhere™ Platform touches nearly 30 million patients across dozens of health plans, self-insured employers, and other risk-bearing entities.

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Hero and AdhereHealth Establish Strategic Partnership to Improve Medication Adherence Among Vulnerable Patients

AdhereHealth | December 18, 2021

AdhereHealth, a healthcare technology leader in medication adherence insights and health outcomes, has entered into a strategic partnership with Hero, the market leader in digital in-home care. This new agreement enables AdhereHealth to deploy Hero's digital in-home care platform to help high-risk, high-cost, chronically ill patients adhere to complex medication regimens. Hero's platform includes a connected smart pill dispenser, which automatically sorts and dispenses medications according to a patient's unique medication schedule. Hero's connected app then tracks what a patient took and when, and sends real-time alerts to the patient's care team if a dose is missed or a medication is ready for refill. Hero continually monitors the patient's medication inventory and facilitates real-time medication reconciliation and synchronization. "Combining Hero's industry-leading medication management platform with AdhereHealth's advanced technologies and its nationwide AdhereRx digital pharmacy creates the first complete lifecycle medication management service," said Kal Vepuri, founder and CEO of Hero. "Our partnership will also simultaneously improve patient safety by focusing on medication management, further support caregivers and help people take more control of their health," added Mr. Vepuri. AdhereHealth's digital pharmacy, AdhereRx, leverages data analytics to identify and prioritize vulnerable populations most at risk for nonadherence or drug safety problems. Trained pharmacists then connect via phone with patients to conduct comprehensive medication reviews and address social determinants of health (SDOH) that might get in the way of medication adherence. "Hero's patient-centric technology will enable care managers, providers and health plans to remotely monitor medication intake, providing real-time visibility into how patients are adhering to medication regimens at home. Combined with our medication synchronization technologies and our nationwide AdhereRx digital pharmacy solution, we can drive better patient experience and improve value-based outcomes for vulnerable populations." Jason Z. Rose, CEO of AdhereHealth Poor medication adherence is a leading cause of re-hospitalizations and ER visits, especially among the elderly and those with chronic conditions. The financial impact is significant: medication nonadherence accounts for 16% of U.S. healthcare spending annually, accounting for more than half a trillion dollars. About Hero Hero is a leading digital in-home care platform delivering the first end-to-end medication management service for patients and caregivers. Hero's solution includes its award-winning smart pill dispenser, medication management app, automatic refills with free delivery and 24/7 live support. Since launching in 2018, Hero has dispensed more than 70 million medications. Hero is used as a care management solution by individuals, caregivers and medical providers. About AdhereHealth™ AdhereHealth delivers purpose-built, innovative technology solutions to improve quality of care, medication adherence, and cost outcomes – all with an emphasis on overcoming social determinants of health (SDOH) and improving patient experience. AdhereRx, an AdhereHealth digital pharmacy, provides high-risk, underserved patients with personalized pharmacy services that drive medication compliance and reduce unnecessary utilization costs. This unique combination of predictive analytics, intelligent clinical workflow software and proactive telepharmacy outreach performed by a nationwide team of licensed clinicians addresses an estimated half a trillion dollars of unnecessary annual medical costs attributed to medication adherence issues. Today, the Adhere™ Platform touches nearly 30 million patients across dozens of health plans, self-insured employers and other risk-bearing entities.

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TRC Healthcare Teams Up with Pharmacy Quality Solutions on Pharmacy Continuing Education Podcasts

TRC Healthcare | October 12, 2021

TRC Healthcare, a top provider of evidence-based medication advisory resources for clinicians announced a partnership with Pharmacy Quality Solutions (PQS), a leading technology provider of pharmacy performance management services. Along with PQS, TRC Healthcare will offer a pilot program for pharmacy continuing education (CE) through the PQS podcast, the PQS Quality Corner Show. The first podcast episode available for CE debuted August 2021 in TRC Healthcare's Pharmacist's Letter. With the pilot program, TRC Healthcare is exploring expansion of its CE channels with the inclusion of audio podcasts. Listeners of the PQS Quality Corner Show have the ease of podcast learning with the ability to earn CE credits through the Pharmacist's Letter website. "Our research has shown that many pharmacists are eager to explore different ways to digest CE content, and podcasts were at the top of the list. PQS is a leader in pharmacy quality and education and has developed a solid podcast listenership. We are very much aligned to make it more convenient for our pharmacy audience to access content on the go. We are excited to work with PQS in this endeavor." Wes Crews, CEO of TRC Healthcare The first set of episodes available for CE credit covers the topic of immunizations and can be downloaded on all major streaming services. "In our efforts to make each one of our episodes better than the last, we are pleased to evolve our content in 2021 and work with TRC Healthcare to provide continuing education for pharmacists. As our show has always been about education and improvement on quality, we have purposefully structured our show to follow a CE seminar format where we ask key questions and help our audience learn essential details." Quality Corner Show Host and PQS Senior Manager of Pharmacy Accounts, Nick Dorich, PharmD The second set of episodes covers geriatric care and is available on the Pharmacist's Letter and the Quality Corner Show. About TRC Healthcare TRC Healthcare (TRC) is a premier source of lifelong learning solutions for healthcare professionals. TRC is most recognized for their education and CE offerings within the highly-regarded Pharmacist's Letter, Prescriber's Letter, and Pharmacy Technician's Letter. TRC also offers Pharmacy Technicians University, the leading online training program for pharmacy technicians. The Natural Medicines database makes it easy for subscribers to find unbiased, evidenced-based research about alternative drug therapies. Through the acquisition of CriticalPoint and NetCE, TRC Healthcare recently expanded its offerings. CriticalPoint increases patient safety through a variety of educational compounding offerings concentrating on USP 797, 800, and 795. NetCE is an industry-leading, continuing-education platform, specializing in continuing education across multiple professions including nurses, physicians, and mental health. These additions give TRC Healthcare the industry's largest catalog of continuing education and advisory services, with thousands of courses trusted by healthcare professionals to provide accredited training that meets continuing education and licensing requirements. About Pharmacy Quality Solutions, Inc. (PQS) PQS is a healthcare quality technology company, connecting healthcare payers and providers who value measurement as the pathway to better patient outcomes. Partners of PQS represent nearly 90% of all Medicare Part D lives and 95% of community pharmacies. PQS delivers quality insights and guidance to support their customers' efforts to optimize the quality of medication management and use for their Medicare, Medicaid and commercial populations. PQS' industry-leading platform, EQUIPP®, provides standardized measurement and reporting on key medication use quality measures and value-based reimbursement programs focused on medication adherence, treatment outcomes and patient safety.

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