IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PrescribeWellness, the cloud-based services company that inspires collaboration for better health, today announced a five-year partnership with McKesson Corporation that will provide mutual members with expanded access to VaccineComplete and Collaborative Practice Agreements (CPA). The expanded scope of the program will offer Health Mart franchise pharmacies broadened revenue streams and opportunities to better serve patients through enhanced clinical services, particularly the administration of vaccines.
“Millions of Americans are not properly immunized each year, but the combined scale of PrescribeWellness and Health Mart pharmacies has the ability to change that,” said Al Babbington, CEO of PrescribeWellness. “Once limited to filling prescriptions and dispensing drugs, pharmacists are increasingly providing direct care to patients. Armed with the tools they need to go ‘beyond the fill’ to deliver vaccines and other important clinical services, pharmacists make a real difference in the health and well-being of their communities.”
Wagdi Abdulla of PharMor Pharmacy in Warren, Michigan, agreed. “When you offer vaccinations, it allows you to engage with the community on a more personal level and establish stronger relationships with customers.”
“After performing a competitive analysis and speaking with our members, it became clear they were looking for a defined process and vaccine program support that would allow them to engage with the community and grow their revenue stream,” said Lisa Petersen, McKesson Retail Vaccine Program Manager. “Our partnership with PrescribeWellness provides comprehensive back-end support so our customers can spend more time focused on patient outcomes.”
Improper immunization is a significant public health concern. The CDC estimates that during the 2016-2017 flu season, the flu shot alone prevented more than five million illnesses, two million medical visits and 84,700 hospitalizations, underscoring the benefits and improvements needed in the current vaccination program. Meanwhile, according to a recent PrescribeWellness survey, 55 percent of Americans prefer to be immunized at their local pharmacies instead of at the doctor’s office, including 28 percent of parents, who enjoy the convenience of getting the whole family immunized at once. But most pharmacies miss more than 70 percent of immunization opportunities.
PrescribeWellness is the only platform to offer a solution for these missed opportunities. With VaccineComplete, pharmacists can see that a patient is due for vaccination so that immunization can be offered during a pick-up visit or proactively invite eligible patients to be immunized with a pre-recorded message. A pharmacy can follow a reliable, state-compliant process to screen and educate patients as well as administer, store and dispose of vaccines.
“Using VaccineComplete, pharmacies can launch and maintain a year-round vaccination offering, which will result in more revenue for the pharmacy and enable them to become a healthcare destination for a wider patient base,” Babbington added.
About McKesson Corporation
McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 5th on the FORTUNE 500, is a global leader in healthcare supply chain management solutions, retail pharmacy, community oncology and specialty care, and healthcare information technology. McKesson partners with pharmaceutical manufacturers, providers, pharmacies, governments and other organizations in healthcare to help provide the right medicines, medical products and healthcare services to the right patients at the right time, safely and cost-effectively. United by our ICARE shared principles, our employees work every day to innovate and deliver opportunities that make our customers and partners more successful — all for the better health of patients. McKesson has been named the “Most Admired Company” in the healthcare wholesaler category by FORTUNE, a “Best Place to Work” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and a top military-friendly company by Military Friendly. For more information, visit mckesson.com.
PrescribeWellness inspires collaboration for better health across America by connecting patients to locally owned community pharmacies. Its proprietary cloud-based platform empowers pharmacists to provide more effective preventive healthcare services, which improve medication adherence, chronic disease management, transitions in care, and population health. With data integration and behavioral science at the foundation, PrescribeWellness software solutions position the pharmacist at the center of community healthcare prevention. Inc. 5000 named PrescribeWellness one of America’s Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies for the past two years. For more information, please visit www.prescribewellness.com.