Pharmacy school, company develop prescription kiosk

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John and Rita Feik School of Pharmacy has entered into a partnership with a startup San Antonio-based company in the development of high-tech healthcare prescription medication information kiosks.

The school – one of three professional programs offered at the University of the Incarnate Word – is working with Top200Rx®, LLC, a healthcare technology company, on the self-service, bilingual kiosks that help consumers by providing easy-to-understand prescription medication information.

A key component of the partnership is the value that the accredited Feik School brings to Top200Rx® because it significantly increases the startup’s visibility by providing the expertise required to write the prescription medication monographs, officials said.

“At the Feik School of Pharmacy we teach our students the importance of interacting with patients at a level that provides an understanding of their medications and how to use them properly,” said Dr. Arcelia M. Johnson-Fannin, founding dean and professor at Feik. “Health literacy is a large part of the health care battle. In partnering with groups like Top200Rx®, we are fighting to raise the bar.”

As part of the strategic partnership, Feik School will develop and monitor all prescription medication monographs for Top200Rx®. This partnership will help Top200Rx® execute a national rollout that would put its kiosks in retail pharmacies, health facilities and hospitals.

“By establishing the Feik School of Pharmacy as the single source for the monograph development, Top200Rx®, has the flexibility to expand opportunities together with our partners,” said Omega Arteaga-Gamboa, the company’s president and chief executive officer.

Officials said the partnership meets a critical information need for the estimated more than 45 percent of Americans who currently take one or more prescription medications and those facing future medication needs. So emerging technology is needed to expand health literacy and encourage prescription medication compliance.

Administrators said patients can make serious medication errors simply because they do not receive health information they can understand and that address their cultural and language needs. So emerging technology such as the kiosks empower consumers to monitor their health and wellness through the correct use of prescription medication and resources.

“Basic health literacy is fundamental to the success of the health care professional and their relationship with patients,” said James Lavelle Dickens with the Office of Minority Health, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “It is also fundamental to putting sound public health guidance into practice and empowering people to follow their health care treatment. Within HHS and the Office of Minority Health we’ve started to see a restructuring and overhaul of health information technology (HIT), and the ways we create and disseminate all types of health information in this country.”

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