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ECRM ‘pod’ examines personal devices, adherence

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — At its recent EPPS event here devoted to specialty pharmacy, ECRM hosted seven special educational sessions called Thought Interaction Pods, including one on the role of personal device data in improving medication adherence.

John Giannouris, vice president of pharmacy services at ValueCentric, an Orchard Park, N.Y.-based data management specialist focused on the health care field, noted that the participants in the discussion believe that devices — including everything from smartphone apps to electronic pill caps — may have a role to play in helping patients stick to their drug regimens. But it will probably take promotion of such devices by pharmacy payers to drive adoption.

Scott Porter, ECRM’s director of channel development for pharmacy, described the Thought Interaction Pods as “an educational session platform that promotes collaborative, interactive thought.” Participants discuss specific topics in small groups.

Other topics discussed in the pods were: drivers of patient satisfaction, limited distribution model strategies, legal issues associated with specialty pharmacy, measuring and driving drug adherence, proper pricing, and independent specialty pharmacy panels.


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