ROCHESTER, N.Y. — PharmaSmart International Inc. plans to deploy its Blood Pressure Kiosk and cloud-based Health IT platform at Brookshire Grocery Co. pharmacies.
Brookshire operates 151 supermarkets in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, and 116 stores have a pharmacy. That includes Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods and Fresh by Brookshire’s locations.
“In this era of personalized medicine, the role of the pharmacy continues to evolve,” Jim Cousineau, senior vice president of pharmacy operations at Brookshire, said in a statement. “The PharmaSmart kiosk technology and its PS DataSmart data portal will ensure our pharmacists can help our customers to better control their blood pressure. As the CDC has pointed out, controlling blood pressure is the single most important thing Americans can do to improve their health outcomes.”
PharmaSmart recently announced that published, independent clinical trial results found its kiosk’s blood pressure readings comparable to daytime ambulatory monitor results, which the company said are considered the gold standard for diagnosing and managing hypertension.
As a result, pharmacies using PharmaSmart technology are better-positioned to engage in collaborative practice agreements with regional health care providers and accountable care organizations (ACOs).
Brookshire aims to leverage PharmaSmart’s clinical grade program to support Medicare Star Ratings objectives, specifically measures D-14 (medication adherence for hypertension) and C-19 (controlling blood pressure), both of which are triple-weighted measures of high interest to national and regional insurers, according to PharmaSmart.
“In the U.S., 65% of all diagnosed cases of hypertension are not under control. We are thrilled that we will be working with BGC pharmacists to target and treat uncontrolled hypertension,” stated PharmaSmart chief operations officer Ashton Maaraba. “We are looking forward to working closely with the Brookshire Grocery Co. family of pharmacists as they continue to demonstrate excellence in both their pharmacy operations and innovative clinical services.”
Other retail pharmacy operators using PharmaSmart’s technology include Kinney Drugs, Bartell Drugs, Coborn’s, Nash Finch, Roundy’s, Associated Food Stores, Leader, Good Neighbor, Astrup Drug, Winn-Dixie, Big Y Foods, Harmons Grocery, Walmart Canada, Safeway Canada, Loblaw’s, Jean Coutu, Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall and Lawtons Drugs, among others.