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We’re Using Augmented Reality (AR) Technology to Improve Patient Experience Outcomes!

Posted by Christopher Kennedy on Jan 31, 2018 6:49:29 PM

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The future is now for Augmented Reality (AR) technology in healthcare. Unwavering commitment to enhancing the overall Patient Experience is the bedrock of Heritage Biologics (HB). We are constantly pursuing innovative solutions that can improve actual health outcomes for patients. Most recently our high-performance nursing team that specializes in home infusion therapy implemented AR venous access imaging. More simply, HB nurses can now use AR to map a patient’s veins before administration of an IV line for drug infusion. Visit: VeinViewer and AccuVein to learn more.

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Topics: RXPX, Outcomes, Specialty Pharmacy, Pharmacy Patient Experience, Patient Experience, Value-Based Specialty Pharmacy, Value-Based

Airline Industry Sets a Bad Example for Healthcare Industry

Posted by Christopher Kennedy on Aug 19, 2017 12:01:49 PM

I made a commitment to my sons that I would pick them up from their first day of school this week. I scheduled my return flight extra early to avoid the potential delay that is common out of Chicago airports. In fact, I gave myself a 5-hour cushion, but that wasn’t enough on this sunny day. They boarded all passengers and minutes later had us all exit the plane because it was “due for scheduled maintenance.” Scheduled maintenance? We were notified moments later that our new flight would not leave for another 6 hours. Yes, 6 hours. I refused to be stopped in my mission, and I escaped by taxi across town to O’Hare Airport in attempt to fly on a different airline.

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Topics: Healthcare, RXPX, Patient Experience, Pharmacy Patient Experience, Airline Industry, Specialty Pharmacy

Changing Healthcare: Simple Math!

Posted by Christopher Kennedy on Aug 1, 2017 6:21:05 PM

Per Michael Porter at Harvard Business School’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness,

Value = Health outcomes that matter to patients / Costs of delivering the outcomes

Per Heritage Biologics Rare Disease Outcomes Management (RDOM) approach,

Performance Accountability = Patient Experience Outcomes + Health Outcomes

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Topics: Accountable Care, RXPX, Patient Experience, Pharmacy Patient Experience, Specialty Pharmacy, Value-Based Specialty Pharmacy

Dual Accreditation: A Pharmacy SMART SHOPPER Standard!

Posted by Christopher Kennedy on Jul 13, 2017 5:15:44 PM
The evolution of healthcare is demanding that all stakeholders become better shoppers. Billions of dollars flow through the high-stakes Specialty Pharmacy market, but performance metrics and outcomes accountability often remain elusive for both the payers (insurers) and the patients (consumers). Just like many other business markets, buyers need to get better at buying and sellers need to get better at providing more value. The 2,550 Specialty Pharmacies in the U.S. have one major thing in common: they all distribute prescription drugs. After that, the pharmacy differences can be substantial. This means the quality, service, and business models of pharmacies can also vary greatly. This does not make shopping easy.
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Topics: Healthcare, Value-Based Specialty Pharmacy, Specialty Pharmacy, Accreditation, URAC, ACHC, RXPX, Value-Based

"Dear Business Focused Pharmacy, Your Time is Up!" -Most Patients

Posted by Christopher Kennedy on Jul 13, 2017 11:46:41 AM

In the past two weeks, I’ve encountered three different patient scenarios where competitive pharmacies are trying to block their patients from choosing an alternative provider. Give me a break.

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Topics: Healthcare, Value-Based Specialty Pharmacy, Specialty Pharmacy, Patient Experience, Pharmacy Patient Experience

Signficant Intersections: Leading by Example meets Giving by Example!

Posted by Christopher Kennedy on Dec 21, 2016 4:35:31 PM

Often in life our paths cross moments that highlight truly meaningful things. An example of this took place last week at Heritage Biologics’ volunteer Red Cross Blood Drive, an inspiring and emotional event where our employees gave blood to help patients. We are a rare disease pharmacy that helps patients every day, but somehow this day was a bit different for all of us involved. Our company has been nationally recognized for our innovative, new patient care model and leadership-focused culture. However, the Red Cross Blood Drive exposed who we really are at Heritage Biologics - a group of people committed to "Giving by Example."

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Topics: The Season of Giving, RXPX, Patient, Specialty Pharmacy, Pharmacy Patient Experience

GOOGLE IT: "patient experience pharmacy"

Posted by Christopher Kennedy on Nov 4, 2016 12:25:01 PM

The standard "go-to" research tool for many of us is Google. No way around that one, unless you of course venture to "Yahoo it." So in that spirit, Heritage Biologics continues to monitor the critical growth of the Patient Experience movement in the pharmacy space through Google. Patients and Providers turn to the internet frequently to better understand, connect, and improve the healthcare experience.

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Topics: RXPX, Google, Specialty Pharmacy, HCAHPS, Pharmacy Patient Experience

Three Major Highlights from NASP 2016!

Posted by Christopher Kennedy on Oct 26, 2016 1:26:47 PM

#1. There is a patient-centered revolution upon us.

The story is told many different ways, but the message is the same: “Patients First.” 
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Topics: Outcomes, NASP, RXPX, Specialty Pharmacy, Pharmacy Patient Experience

"Specialty" Pharmacy?

Posted by Dr. Kyle Hogarth, MD on May 27, 2016 4:26:42 PM

Or, as I like to call it: “I’m now bald from the amount of times I have pulled out my hair in frustration!”

Welcome to the inaugural blog posting about specialty pharmacy and a need to change the entire focus of what specialty pharmacy means. I’m Doctor Kyle Hogarth, a pulmonary specialist who runs a clinic devoted to the management and care of alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency patients. Like other “rare” diseases, the management and support of my patients has been dependent on the expertise and care of “middle-men”: the Specialty Pharmacy.

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Topics: Home Infusion, Specialty Pharmacy, Alpha-1, Physician

Harvard's lesson for Pharmacy: Measure It!

Posted by Christopher Kennedy on May 10, 2016 5:45:31 PM

I had the privilege of attending Harvard Business School's Value Measurement for Health Care executive program last month. Michael Porter and Robert Kaplan had a clear message to all of us regarding health care performance - "Measure It!".

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Topics: Home Infusion, Healthcare, Specialty Pharmacy, Outcomes, Measure It!

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