With the financial support of Owens & Minor, Inc., the Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) has just launched what we’re told is a “ground-breaking, easy to use, mobile application for its web-based software, The Pharmacy Connection (TPC).”
The offering “expedites access to low or no-cost prescription medicines for uninsured Virginians.”
Created by VHCF, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving access to primary care for uninsured and medically underserved Virginians, this app helps doctors, who treat healthcare safety net patients, quickly identify and prescribe free or low-cost medications for chronically ill, uninsured individuals throughout Virginia and in 14 other states.
“TPC is more than just software,” said VHCF Executive Director Deborah Oswalt. “It is an indispensable tool for many free clinics, community health centers, and other similar organizations that use it to obtain free and low-cost medicines for their patients.” Traditionally, providers used a time-consuming manual approach to determine if there were free medicines for their patients, she said. “Now with the mobile app, physicians can just pull out their phones and look up the meds while they are seeing the patient.” This is an immediate solution that provides a list of free medicines and dosages available to treat each disease.
Oswalt explained why this app is a game changer.
“Prescription medicine is typically the treatment for most illnesses,” she said. “Volunteers at free clinics may donate their expertise and diagnose a condition, but for the most part, a patient needs prescription medicine to treat the illness. The reason this is such an important initiative is that securing medicine is the critical link to stabilize patients and improve their health.”