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APhA Foundation enlists platform to better engage with diabetes patients
March 27th, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. – The American Pharmacists Association Foundation has partnered with health technology firm PrescribeWellness to provide community pharmacies with tools to help diabetes patients improve their disease management and health.
PrescribeWellness said Thursday that the partnership, announced at the APhA Convention in Orlando, Fla., combines its PeakWellness cloud-based patient engagement technology with the Patient Self-Management Credential (PSMC) from the APhA Foundation.
The credential has most recently been validated with Project: IMPACT Diabetes, a national diabetes self-management program that brings interdisciplinary care — including pharmacists — to underserved communities that are highly affected by diabetes.
"Nearly 25 million Americans have diabetes, and that number could increase to 50 million by 2025," PrescribeWellness chief executive officer Al Babbington said in a statement. "Armed with the right technology, community pharmacists can reverse this epidemic, reduce costs of diabetes and improve health for millions of Americans."
The PeakWellness solution enables a patient-centered, decision-based approach that leads to improved diabetes management outcomes, according to PrescribeWellness. The program uses digital, group or one-on-one diabetes counseling that leverages the APhA's PSMC, which raises the likelihood of positive behavioral action and engagement of patients receiving diabetes treatment, the company noted.
"For over a decade, pharmacists participating in our research projects have demonstrated the value of the PSMC in customizing diabetes education to fit the needs of each patient," stated Mindy Smith, executive director of the APhA Foundation. "We are thrilled to be working with PrescribeWellness to expand the use of the PSMC with their community pharmacy customer base so pharmacists have tools to help them more effectively help patients with diabetes manage their illness and improve health outcomes.”
Babbington noted that pharmacists play a pivotal role in preventive health care.
"Their participation is critical to improving health care outcomes and lowering overall health care costs," he commented. "With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the American health care system is shifting. It's imperative for community pharmacies to build patient relationships, focusing on adherence and chronic disease management, while using the right tools and technology."