Diplomat Pharmacy in Flint Adding Technology That Records When Patients Take Their Medicine

Flint’s Diplomat Pharmacy Inc. is expanding its relationship with Florida-based medication adherence company SMRxT, which created the Nomi system. Nomi’s sensor technology records when patients take their medicine and the number of tablets in a bottle.
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Nomi system
The Nomi system measures whether patients are taking their medicine appropriately. // Photo courtesy of SMRxT

Flint’s Diplomat Pharmacy Inc. is expanding its relationship with Florida-based medication adherence company SMRxT, which created the Nomi system. Nomi’s sensor technology records when patients take their medicine and the number of tablets in a bottle.

Real-time reporting through Nomi gives health-care providers insight to manage patient adherence challenges. The system includes a sensor on the inside of medication bottles that measures patient adherence by medication weight, time, movement, and temperature. The data is available instantly to clinicians and family members via smartphone.

The sensor is connected as soon as pharmacists fill prescriptions, and it automatically communicates data using Verizon’s network.

Diplomat now is integrating data from Nomi into its end-to-end pharmacy operating system.

“We saw an opportunity to expand our patient care model by adding technology,” says Gary Rice, executive vice president of operations for Diplomat. “Our continuing integration of systems and technology helps us as we work to fill gaps in care for patients. Taking care of patients has always been the center of our mission.”

Pharmacies know patients’ precise dosing behavior through the system and can contact patients to resolve adherence barriers, such as side effects that deter them from continuing to take their medication.

“This new data integration should help Diplomat provide the right care for each patient in even more tailored and efficient ways,” says Michael Huffer, president and CEO of SMRxT.

Diplomat provides specialty pharmacy and infusion services.

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