X12 Committee Meets (Technology Update)

The first meeting of the X12 Pharmacy Advisory Panel was held recently at NCPA headquarters. Made up of representatives from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, APhA, the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, the panel is working to support the newly recognized X12 standard for transmitting claims for DME and pharmacists’ professional services.

The 206 freshmen at St. Louis College of Pharmacy were issued laptop computers that communicate with the main campus computing center. The wireless system lets students access the Internet and the campus library and keep up with their class assignments from anywhere on campus. The laptops include a small piece of plastic that communicates with dinner-plate-size access points strategically located around the five-acre campus.

Medicine-On-Time and Health Business Systems Inc. collaborated to create a real-time interface connecting the software systems of the two companies to eliminate redundant data entry. Medicine-On-Time’s medication adherence packaging program can now be integrated with HBS’ software for Rx processing, inventory management, billing, and patient information software.

Computerized Screening Inc. has placed five CSI health stations in grocery stores and the Jackson Medical Mall in the Mississippi Delta. The wheelchair-accessible kiosks provide blood pressure and heart rate monitoring, weight and health risk assessments, and fitness evaluations, as well as information on local health resources. The goal is to screen and monitor uninsured at-risk patients and intervene before they land in the emergency department. The project targets asthma, diabetes, and hypertension.

SureScript Systems Inc. and ProxyMed are collaborating to provide seamless e-connectivity between pharmacists and physicians in their respective networks. SureScript will pay the first year’s subscription fee for up to 3,000 physicians in Florida and Texas using ProxyMed’s PreScribe e-prescribing system in order to collect market data and document efficiencies. Founded by NACDS and NCPA, SureScript also named physician technology veteran Chad Aicklen as the new v.p. of physician services responsible for developing business partnerships with leading physician office management information system firms.

PhRMA has redesigned its Web site at www.phrma.org to be more consumer-friendly. For example, the home page has a search function to locate drug assistance programs for needy patients. In addition to tapping into the latest news on policy and legislative issues, users can also search for new drugs in development to treat everything from acromegaly to yellow fever. Users can also sign up to receive e-mail updates.

Rufus and Ruby, the diabetes bears, hitched a ride on the space shuttle Atlantis last month. Created by a Chicago woman whose son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, the teddy bears wear a Medic-Alert bracelet and have patches sewn on to show children the best spots for insulin injections and blood glucose testing. The cuddly critters also help kids cope when they don’t feel so well. Sponsored by Bayer Corp. and Russ Berrie and Co., the program has donated more than 80,000 bears to kids around the world. The Web site www.childrenwithdiabetes.com is probably the best one around on kids with Type 1 diabetes.

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