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Boots signs pharmacy technology deal with Orion


2 October 2015

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In order to enable community pharmacists across UK and Ireland to deliver enhanced in-store clinical services, retail pharmacy chain Boots has signed a contract with private health management firm Orion.

The aim is to enable community pharmacists across UK and Ireland to deliver enhanced in-store clinical services and provide the information that pharmacies need as they strive to deliver a lower-cost, convenient community-based health service.

In order to enable community pharmacists across UK and Ireland to deliver enhanced in-store clinical services, retail pharmacy chain Boots has signed a contract with private health management firm Orion.

The aim is to enable community pharmacists across UK and Ireland to deliver enhanced in-store clinical services and provide the information that pharmacies need as they strive to deliver a lower-cost, convenient community-based health service.

The care co-ordination and portal technology will be rolled out across 2,400 stores throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, and follows a successful pilot program between the two companies.

Ian McCrae, Orion Health chief executive officer, believes this represents an exciting development for the healthcare market in general. “We are excited to enable Boots with the technology to take a more active role in the provision of clinical services in the community, reducing the pressure on already stretched acute facilities.”

Last month, Boots carried out a survey that showed 91% of respondents thought that dispensing medicine is a pharmacy's main role, and have now started an awareness campaign to show that pharmacists can also offer personalised medicine advice, help for quitting smoking and maintaining good sexual health, treatment for common ailments, advice on preventing diseases and more.

This year, the flu jab will also be available in high street pharmacies, including over 1,900 Boots stores.

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