PharmaSmart, Schnucks enter partnership

Schnucks Supermarkets is bringing kiosks and an interoperable health platform from digital health engagement company PharmaSmart to its in-store pharmacies. Schnucks said that using Rochester, N.Y.-based PharmaSmart’s technology would help drive Medicare Star Ratings objectives, including adherence for hypertension and blood pressure control, both of which are triple-weighted measures that national and regional insurers focus on.

“This is more than Schnucks just deploying new kiosks,” Schnucks senior director of pharmacy Bob Buganski said. “PharmaSmart’s Health Screening Kiosks and Integrated BPT Rx solutions are a game changer for disease management at the pharmacist point of care. With the PharmaSmart program, Schnucks now offers our patients a Health Screening program backed by clinical evidence, and one that incorporates full integration into our Rx software, McKesson CPS. This fluid workflow integration allows us to easily intervene in cases where blood pressure control is not achieved, which is a capability our pharmacists have never had before. We will also have the data to demonstrate our impact on blood pressure control rates over a managed population.”

The companies said that in addition to the platform’s impact on Medicare Star Ratings, private insurers would benefit with regard to improved cardiovascular outcomes through the reduction of such long-term risk factors as hypertension.

“Those who question a pharmacists’ value in healthcare need to think twice,” PharmaSmart president and CEO Fred Sarkis said. "When you thoughtfully incorporate the right technology into professional workflow, and it meets published clinical standards, you earn the trust of pharmacists, and you see better execution rates at point of care. We are thrilled to be working with Schnucks pharmacists, and we look forward to supporting their team as they optimize the delivery of healthcare services across their stores.

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