Recently, Trxade Group, Inc., an integrated drug procurement, delivery and healthcare platform, today announced that its telehealth subsidiary, Bonum Health, signed a strategic partnership with KPH Healthcare Services (“KPH”), a leading pharmaceutical and healthcare services provider.
KPH Healthcare Services is a 100% employee-owned national provider of pharmaceutical and healthcare services with complementary businesses in both the retail and commercial segments of the industry. KPH comprises six divisions:
- Kinney Drugs, a chain of full-service drug stores located throughout New York and Vermont;
- Health Direct Institutional Pharmacy Services, which serves long-term care and alternative care needs;
- ProAct, Inc., a pharmacy benefit management company with sales offices throughout the country and a mail-order pharmacy;
- Noble Health Services, a specialty pharmacy that dispenses medications used to treat complex and chronic diseases;
- Kinnec, an on-site clinical care pharmacy;
- Aristacare, an infusion therapy pharmacy that offers both in-home infusion therapy (with HomeLife specialized nursing support) and operates an ambulatory infusion center.
What Is Telehealth?
Telehealth is the “delivery of health care services, where patients and providers are separated by distance. Telehealth uses ICT for the exchange of information for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries, research and evaluation, and for the continuing education of health professionals.
Telehealth can contribute to achieving universal health coverage by improving access for patients to quality, cost-effective, health services wherever they may be. It is particularly valuable for those in remote areas, vulnerable groups and ageing populations.”
- >50% of responding Member States (57%; n=70) said that there was a specific national telehealth policy in their country or that there was a reference to telehealth within their national eHealth policy.
- Approximately 75% of responding countries having a teleradiology program, and roughly half reported a telepathology program, a remote patient monitoring program and a teledermatology program; about one third of responding countries reported a telepsychiatry program; these values are all higher than in the 2010 survey.
- Almost 25% of responding countries reported that there had been an evaluation of a government-sponsored telehealth program in their country; the most common criteria used in the countries in which an evaluation had been performed (22 out of 29) were programmed acceptance (to service providers and clients), quality, access and costeffectiveness.
The Terms Of Bonum Health Agreement
Per the terms of the agreement, Bonum Health will provide affordable telemedicine services to two divisions of KPH Healthcare Services, Inc. the patients of approximately 100 Kinney Drug retail pharmacies in New York and Vermont, and, the more than two million Rx discount card members of Kinney’s sister company, ProAct, Inc., a fully integrated pharmacy benefits manager with a wholly owned mail order pharmacy.
“As our country continues to battle COVID-19, this partnership will make basic medical care more accessible to our patients and their families,” said John M. Marraffa, Jr., R.Ph., VP of Government Affairs and Healthcare Services Integrations at KPH Healthcare Services.
“Once a patient has completed a telehealth visit, the Bonum Health Provider can use the platform’s EMR to write prescriptions. The patient will then be able to select a prescription discount savings plan directly from the network. KPH is excited to partner with Bonum to advance the health care needs of our patient community. Convenient and affordable access to medical care will benefit our patients for years to come.”
Ashton Maaraba, President of Bonum Health notes, “We are thrilled to have established this partnership with the KPH team, whose deep-rooted commitment to their patients and communities’ dates back to 1903,” said Ashton Maaraba, President of Bonum Health.
“Our team of medical providers are ready to work in collaboration with Kinney Drugs and ProAct Pharmacists to deliver affordable care to their patient community. With nearly 26 million uninsured or under-insured people in the U.S., partnerships such as these will help narrow gaps and reduce barriers to affordable, accessible care for all.”