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BioScrip goes live with 'connected health' portal
February 22nd, 2011
SAN DIEGO – BioScrip Inc. has launched myBioScrip.com, a new web site that aims to promote interaction between patients and health professionals to improve medication adherence and enhance the overall care experience.
MyBioScrip.com is powered by San Diego-based HealthyCircles, a software-as-a-service health care platform provider, which said BioScrip's adoption of its solution will "foster in a new age of connected health in specialty pharmacy and home infusion."
The HealthyCircles Connected Health Platform is designed to aid patients, family caregivers and health care professionals in detecting potential adverse events and changes in clinical status. It leverages familiar social networking technologies in order to make patient and caregiver engagement a more collaborative experience, according to HealthyCircles.
An integrated suite of online professional and consumer portals, the platform offers BioScrip patients a menu of online tools to help manage medications, interact with prescribing doctors and organize their pharmacy care, as well as to store medication information and connect with family members, caregivers and health care providers via a private care network. For health professionals, the portal serves up medication and clinical care management tools to boost patient adherence, monitor for adverse interactions, support medication reconciliation and improve patient health outcomes.
"We believe the HealthyCircles platform will enable BioScrip to define the future of specialty pharmacy and home infusion by enabling physicians, patients, family caregivers and pharmacists to securely connect with each other and manage care using a robust, permission-based framework," BioScrip president and chief executive officer Rick Smith said in a statement. "It's time we created a patient-centric model in the specialty space, and BioScrip is proud to be the first."
Elmsford, N.Y.-based BioScrip provides retail and specialty pharmacy services along with pharmacy benefit management, home infusion and other health care services. It operates a network of 32 community retail pharmacies in 16 states and the District of Columbia. The company also is the pharmacy services provider for drugstore.com.
Consumer tools available through myBioScrip.com include social networking and message boards for sharing medication and health information; the ability to set up a care team and provide its members with remote access to information; online medication, education and health support programs; a clipboard widget to prepare key information before a doctor visit; a directory of health care providers; and the Medication Manager, an app that simplifies reminders, dosing and other prescription compliance functions, as well as enables management of medications for family members.
Meanwhile, professionals can access myBioScrip.com for remote management of patient medications, messaging tools to track adherence to prescription regimens, monitoring of safe use of medications and reconciliation of medications, along with "iForms" that can automate patient registration, medication requests and risk assessments.
"HealthyCircles is a revolutionary, interoperable platform that crosses health information boundaries by delivering inventive ways for patients, medical professionals, pharmacists and larger health systems to interact with each other," commented James Mault, chairman and CEO of HealthyCircles. "BioScrip's commitment to connected health and patient-centric care is a significant step forward in the specialty pharmacy space and will set the standard for patient interaction and pharmacy benefit management in the future."