Practice Fusion, the #1 cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) for doctors and patients, announced an agreement with OPTIMIZERx Corporation (OTCQB: OPRX) to integrate its patient savings and support system into the Practice Fusion EHR. This integration will enable prescribers using the Practice Fusion EHR to help their patients better afford and adhere to their prescribed medications.
With OPTIMIZERx’s SampleMD technology being integrated into the Practice Fusion platform, providers that e-prescribe medications will be able to provide coupons for patients’ co-pays and free sample vouchers alongside prescriptions for their patients electronically through the Practice Fusion EHR. This helps to eliminate the need for providers to store drug samples and physical coupons in their offices, and helps better ensure that patients can get access to medications that are prescribed to them.
“We are very excited to partner with Practice Fusion to significantly expand the utilization of the savings and support programs that we manage on behalf of over 20 leading pharmaceutical companies,” said David Harrell, CEO, OPTIMIZERx. “Together, we can make an impact on the number one challenge in healthcare: improving patient affordability and adherence to medications.”
According to a 2013 Commonwealth Fund Survey, one in five U.S. adults did not fill their prescriptions or skipped doses because their medications were too expensive. With more than 4 million prescriptions managed through the Practice Fusion EHR every month, this program has the potential to impact medication adherence for millions of patients.
“Half of all patients don’t properly take their prescription medications. For patients with chronic diseases like diabetes, non-adherence can have a detrimental impact on their health. In fact, according to studies, patients with diabetes have one of the lowest medication adherence rates at 65 to 85 percent,” said Ryan Howard, founder and CEO, Practice Fusion. “This integration will better help us empower our providers to aid them in improving patients’ access and adherence to medications that have the potential to save lives.”
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