As states continue to administer COVID-19 vaccines through retail pharmacies, many are turning to digital tools to help efficiently manage the rollout. Among the solutions being used in Omnicell's CareScheduler, which the company said is seeing high demand from pharmacies.
Developed by EnlivenHealth — Omnicell's patient engagement and communications tecnology division — CareScheduler is a software as a service technology solution that automates traditionally manual and paper-based processes. The tool enables hands-free scheduling, vaccine registry reporting, and patient outreach for the administration of vaccines and other point-of-care services, Omnicell said.
“COVID-19 has placed significant new demands on retail pharmacies, and I am excited that our new division EnlivenHealth is purpose-built to help pharmacists manage major challenges like this,” said Scott Seidelmann, executive vice president and chief commercial officer of Omnicell. “Omnicell’s mission is to be the pharmacist’s most trusted partner, and we achieve that by building and providing transformative digital solutions and technology-enabled services. EnlivenHealth’s new CareScheduler solution exemplifies this strategy in action. We are very pleased that the market has responded positively to it.”
Integrated into EnlivenHealth’s industry-leading Patient Engagement Platform, CareScheduler automates the collection of consent and vaccine administration records without patients having to handle documents in the pharmacy.
"Pharmacists are the new frontline healthcare heroes who can and must play an essential role in administering the COVID-19 vaccine and make it a success for all Americans,” said Danny Sanchez, vice president and general manager of EnlivenHealth. “However, to achieve that critical goal, pharmacies and pharmacists must have the right technologies to empower them to handle the huge administrative and operational challenges of vaccinating up to 330 million Americans in a timely fashion. With CareScheduler, we are giving pharmacies the tools and support they need to handle the expected increase in patient demand and pharmacy store traffic once the COVID-19 vaccine becomes universally available.”
Omincell said EnlivenHealth is currently in advanced discussions with more than 50 major pharmacy chains that have expressed strong interest in acquiring the new CareScheduler solution. The company noted that pharmacy companies representing nearly 1,000 stores nationwide have already signed up for the exclusive new CareScheduler digital tool.
“As trusted healthcare providers, community pharmacies like ours are on the frontlines of ensuring that patients receive the COVID-19 vaccine as expeditiously and safely as possible,” said Duane Jones, pharmacy district manager and clinical program director at Harps Food Stores. “CareScheduler is an important digital tool that helps us to efficiently manage and streamline the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine. By partnering with EnlivenHealthon CareScheduler and other technology innovations, Harps Foods can continue to drive practice transformation and focus on value-added services that directly impact patient health outcomes, satisfaction, and retention.”