WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- RxAlly announced today the launch of the first-of-its-kind alliance of more than 20,000 pharmacies nationwide, united to help patients achieve better health through personalized pharmacist care while reducing costs. RxAlly was developed to provide a new solution to the critical issues of providing additional access to care and ensuring effective health care spending at a time when prescription medicine misuse is associated with $290 billion in annual costs. The RxAlly network of pharmacies aims to improve patient health through enhanced pharmacist care that combines clinical research, evidence-based clinical services and an interoperable technology platform.
RxAlly offers a Performance Network whose core mission is to generate measurable improvements in patient health outcomes and health care costs. RxAlly pharmacists are an integral part of the health care system, delivering a range of patient-centric services necessary to assure cost-effective delivery and appropriate use of medicines, which can lead to better, more efficient health care nationwide.
"There is a need for greater access to health care for patients throughout the U.S.," said Bruce Roberts, CEO of RxAlly. "To address this challenge head on, RxAlly advances the role of community pharmacists to one that leverages their extensive clinical training, better equips them to interact with patients, improves patient health and lowers costs."
The RxAlly Performance Network will include pharmacies that demonstrate patient-centric delivery of service and an interest in optimizing health outcomes. At launch, this select network is comprised of thousands of independent pharmacies, numerous regional chains and Walgreens, the nation's largest pharmacy chain.
"A huge opportunity exists for community pharmacies to play a larger role in the health care system and make a difference in patient care. That's why Walgreens is focused on advancing community pharmacy through closer integration with other health care providers and expanding the scope of services offered by pharmacists," said Walgreens President and CEO Greg Wasson. "We are proud to join RxAlly as part of a performance-based network of pharmacies that will differentiate itself through improvements in health outcomes and other services."
A forward-thinking new company, RxAlly's mission is to serve three constituencies:
Patients have an ally to help them feel better. Those who see several doctors and juggle multiple prescriptions gain more control over their care – and peace of mind. Pharmacists in the RxAlly Performance Network will take a greater role in coaching and customizing care plans that meet the needs of individual patients: coordination of refills; reconciliation of medications – both prescription AND over the counter; immunizations like flu shots and other adult and adolescent immunizations; blood pressure and other health tests; making sure patients understand the importance of taking their medicines correctly; prevention and wellness education; even customized programs for chronic disease management.
Pharmacists are pivotal players in the health of their patients. For decades, pharmacists have been underutilized as health care providers. Patients typically see their pharmacists 12 to 14 times per year – more than any other practitioner. They are among the most accessible health care providers and are at a key intersection in health care to assist in coordination of care. This gives pharmacists the unique opportunity to assume a much more meaningful role in people's health care. RxAlly will equip pharmacists to bring together the best of personalized care with innovative new technologies, products and services.
With RxAlly, Payers can realize better cost control and improved health outcomes for their member patients. Available to all government and commercial organizations, RxAlly plans to offer payers innovative options to design, manage and measure the clinical services that support their prescription health benefits. The RxAlly patient-centric approach, supported by clinical research, seeks to improve employee productivity and reduce health care costs.
For more information, please visit www.RxAlly.com.
With more than 20,000 member pharmacies nationwide, RxAlly has brought together the largest national network of pharmacies to improve health and lower costs. The RxAlly Performance Network of community pharmacies aims to improve health through personalized pharmacist care, clinical research and evidence-based clinical practices, and an interoperable technology platform. By advancing the role of pharmacists, RxAlly is facilitating new solutions as it leads an innovative approach to health care that aligns the interests of patients, pharmacists and payers. For more information on RxAlly, please visit www.RxAlly.com.
Susan Weingram / 5W Public Relations
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