10 April 2014

RTZ Associates and CareKinesis Announce Integration for Improving Medication Management for PACE

Moorestown, NJ, April 7, 2014 – RTZ Associates, a leading provider of cloud-based software to community long-term care organizations and CareKinesis, a medication therapy management and pharmacy services firm, have partnered to develop web-based interoperability between RTZ’s PACECare™ Electronic Health Record and CareKinesis’s EireneRx™ pharmacy application to support Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) organizations. A streamlined workflow for PACE clinicians and enhanced communication between prescribers and CareKinesis pharmacists will aid in selecting the best medication and managing complex medication regimens.

The solution includes the integration of EireneRx e-prescribing platform within the PACECare EHR. When ready to prescribe a medication, users will click on an Rx link and are directed into the medication prescribing tool in EireneRx. Within EireneRx, doctors and nurse practitioners have access to best-of-breed medication risk guidance. They may also directly message a pharmacist for therapy suggestions in real-time. Once the e-prescribing is complete, they are seamlessly ported back to the PACECare.

“Our goal with PACECare has always been to provide as many workflow automation and time-saving features for our users as possible, so we’re really excited about integrating EireneRx with PACECare,” states Michael Zawadski, JD, President of RTZ Associates.  “This integration eliminates the need to sign-in to a separate system, eliminates duplicate data entry, reduces the potential for medication errors, and ultimately shortens the amount of time to prescribe and fill medications,” Zawadski continues.

“Improving medication management through technology solutions is a goal of both RTZ and CareKinesis,” added CareKinesis Chairman and CEO, Calvin H. Knowlton, BScPharm, MDiv, PhD. “It makes sense to work together on behalf of our PACE clients to enhance prescription ordering, adherence and results.”

According to Knowlton, “PACE programs are uniquely responsible to manage their patient’s health and are financially accountable.  Our goal is to decrease medication-related risk, enhance quality of care and provide improved pharmacotherapy outcomes utilizing leading technology solutions. We partner with organizations that are clinically and economically responsible for persons taking many medications.”

About CareKinesis:
CareKinesis partners with healthcare organizations to provide personalized medication therapy management and pharmacy services for high-risk populations. The results are enhanced medication-related outcomes and greater operational efficiency. It is the first national PACE-specific pharmacy. CareKinesis is headquartered in Moorestown, NJ.

About RTZ Associates:
RTZ Associates, Inc. (RTZ) is the leading provider of cloud-based software solutions to community long-term care organizations.  The company serves clients of all types and sizes – from state agencies to community-based centers.  By automating workflow and supporting data-driven decision-making, RTZ software solutions reduce operational costs and improve outcomes, fulfilling its motto of, “Systems that work. People who care.”  For more information, please visit www.rtzassociates.com.

Contacts:
Sara Baughn
CareKinesis, Inc.
267-994-1637
sbaughn@carekinesis.com

Michael Zawadski
RTZ Associates Inc.
510-986-6700
mike@rtzassociaetes.com