State’s Virtual Pharmacist Program

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) https://www.okhca.org is expanding a pilot program statewide to improve the health of SoonerCare (Oklahoma Medicaid) members with chronic conditions by optimizing their medication.

SoonerCare manages the health of qualified Oklahomans which includes certain low-income children, seniors, the disabled, those being treated for breast or cervical cancer, and those seeking family planning services.

OHCA is collaborating with Arine, https://www.arine.io, a healthcare technology company, by combining data science with clinical expertise. Arine’s platform the “Virtual Pharmacist”, analyzes social, medical, and behavioral data on an ongoing basis to identify health needs, barriers to care, and dangerous gaps in care. The system then uses artificial intelligence to generate personalized treatment plans according to clinical best practices.

At this point, the treatment plans are sent to the providers caring for the members to check on how their treatment plans are working and being monitored to ensure that patients remain on track. Clinical pharmacists use Arine’s platform to improve the health of SoonerCare members with high risk, and high cost conditions.

The pilot enrolled SoonerCare members in Oklahoma and Tulsa counties with chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory conditions, and serious mental illness. Enrollees receive personalization medication counseling and have access to treatment optimization services from clinical pharmacists using the “Virtual Pharmacist” platform.

“Arine has demonstrated a commitment to providing valuable drug-related services to the individuals we serve. This program is an excellent example of leveraging technology to improve services to our SoonerCare members while controlling costs”, said OHCA CEO Kevin Corbett.

 

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