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PDX, Emdeon sign patient medication history deal


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Two companies have signed a deal to provide access to real-time medication history to healthcare providers.

Pharmacy management services provider PDX and healthcare revenue and payment cycle management and clinical information exchange services provider Emdeon announced the deal Monday, whereby medication history will be delivered from PDX's Electronic Pharmacy Record to Emdeon's Clinical Exchange and then to hospitals, providers, health information exchanges, nursing facilities and ambulatory and acute inpatient facilities that request it.

"There is a critical industry need for greater access to accurate medication history, particularly in acute-care settings," Emdeon EVP pharmacy services Kevin Mahoney said. "This initiative with PDX is another indication of Emdeon's commitment to enable accurate and timely delivery of information designed to help improve clinical decisions and healthcare outcomes."

According to industry estimates, about 10% of hospital admissions are due to medication errors, allergies and interactions. The companies said that by accessing pharmacy-sourced medication history in real time, hospitals and other healthcare entities will be in a better position to reduce or eliminate gaps in medication history, more effectively manage the admissions and discharge process and better coordinate care transitions between community and institutional settings.

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