mHealth: Verizon App Helps Patients Find Lowest Cost Prescription Drugs

Another early adopted of the mHealth initiates and services that are rapidly changing the contemporary constraints of healthcare around the world, Verizon has announced a new partnership with Medco Health Solutions for a project that the wireless carrier believes to be of great importance. On Thursday, Verizon released a new smartphone mobile application that guides …   Read More

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Another early adopted of the mHealth initiates and services that are rapidly changing the contemporary constraints of healthcare around the world, Verizon has announced a new partnership with Medco Health Solutions for a project that the wireless carrier believes to be of great importance.

On Thursday, Verizon released a new smartphone mobile application that guides BlackBerry and Android users (both doctors and patients) to the pharmacies and medical facilities where prescription drugs can be purchased at the lowest cost possible.

The Medco Pharmacy mobile app, which is now available for download in V CAST Apps, provides information about out-of-pocket costs for any prescription drug and lower-cost options specific to a person’s prescription drug plan, as well as drug interaction alerts based on the patient’s prescription history – even if the patient is treated by several doctors or fills prescriptions at many different pharmacies.

Medco says 500,000 prescriptions that have a lower-cost option available are written every day for Medco members, “illustrating the enormous potential savings opportunities that exist.”

According to a formal release introducing the new mobile app service, once registered at medco.com, patients will have their complete medication history and drug plan available at will and can discuss cost-saving options, drug safety or coverage issues with their medical professional.

“Wireless devices are a part of the lifestyle as we know it today, and millions of people rely on their BlackBerry and Android smartphones for instant information,” said Mike Ross, vice president of sales and healthcare, Verizon Wireless. “Reliability is paramount to not only medical information, but for a network too. Our combined technologies will give users a powerful tool that can help them manage their medical care.”

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  2. babak

    Hmmm to me it would seem like all they needed was a big map with GPS pointing to Canada or Mexico to get reasonable price for much needed medicine 🙂

  3. @BetterEldercare

    This app is not for the general public … you have to be a Medco member (and/or maybe a Verizon employee?). And, if you're uninsured, this app is no help at all … it's just a big FU from Medco.

    If they were truly helping the public at large, I'd say this could be an important contribution. In reality, it's just an app to help stuff Medco's pockets.

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