Community Pharmacists Sync to Improve Patient Results and Business Operations

Medication synchronization program unveiled to help counter the nearly $300 billion impact of annual medication non-adherence.(1)

Feb 11, 2016, 09:00 ET from Cardinal Health

DUBLIN, Ohio, Feb. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Community pharmacists can help improve medication adherence and patient outcomes while increasing efficiency for the pharmacy through a custom-built medication synchronization program, Cardinal Health MedSync Advantage™.

"We've had the opportunity to look at Cardinal Health's medication synchronization product, and it's by far the best product that I've looked at," said Larry Schieber, pharmacist and owner at Schieber Family Pharmacy in Circleville, Ohio. "We can get a lot of patients enrolled in this medication synchronization program, which is really a win-win for everybody. It's a win for the patient, and it's a win for us because it evens out our workflow and helps us operate more efficiently."

Cardinal Health MedSync Advantage™ is the newest offering in a comprehensive suite of solutions from Cardinal Health called Reach for the Stars. The online platform was designed by Cardinal Health's innovation lab, Fuse, which connects technology with healthcare, and believes that life-changing solutions aren't just built for users, but by users.

Fuse built the MedSync Advantage™ web-based solution with direct input from community pharmacists, creating a custom tool that supports easier identification of eligible patients, as well as:

  • Integration with pharmacy management system and daily or monthly reporting
  • Automated synchronization ensures ease of adding customers
  • Access through a single sign-on with the Cardinal Health customer ordering platform, Order Express

With Cardinal Health MedSync Advantage™ a pharmacy can coordinate a patient's prescriptions to be picked up on the same day each month. This simplifies the process for patients and caregivers filling multiple prescriptions, and improves patients' medication adherence by helping to ensure they fill all prescriptions each month. Confirming the number of prescriptions a patient fills each month improves inventory management for the pharmacy and allows more time for the pharmacy staff to focus on patient relationships.

"We believe medication synchronization is a core competency for medication therapy management expansion in the pharmacy, and we want to prepare our pharmacies to move toward a value-based pharmacy model for payment in the future," said Steve Lawrence, senior vice president of Retail Independent Sales at Cardinal Health. "MedSync Advantage™ allows us to do that by re-engineering the pharmacy to allow for a more patient-centric approach to care."

For more information about Cardinal Health MedSync Advantage™ or Reach for the Stars suite of solutions, visit cardinalhealth.com/medsyncadvantage. Follow the conversation on Twitter at #followthestars2016.  

1 2009 study by the New England Healthcare Institute

About Cardinal Health
Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is a $103 billion health care services company that improves the cost-effectiveness of health care. Cardinal Health helps pharmacies, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, clinical laboratories and physician offices focus on patient care while reducing costs, enhancing efficiency and improving quality. Cardinal Health is an essential link in the health care supply chain, providing pharmaceuticals and medical products and services to more than 100,000 locations each day and is also the industry-leading direct-to-home medical supplies distributor. The company is a leading manufacturer of medical and surgical products, including gloves, surgical apparel and fluid management products. In addition, the company operates the nation's largest network of radiopharmacies that dispense products to aid in the early diagnosis and treatment of disease. Ranked #26 on the Fortune 500, Cardinal Health employs more than 36,000 people worldwide. More information about the company may be found at www.cardinalhealth.com and @CardinalHealth on Twitter.

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