[The Bulletin, Sept. 24, 2019] When Dr. Gary Konkol writes a prescription at Allina Health Woodbury Clinic, the electronic medical record pops up with messages about drug interactions and, depending on the patient’s insurance and pharmacy, how much it is going to cost.
Allina’s prescription pricing tool allows doctors to compare prices and explore more affordable alternatives. It is one way medical providers are addressing rising drug prices and the prospect of patients abandoning prescriptions at the pharmacy due to the inability to pay.
“I think it has been a great enhancement so that people don’t get sticker shock at the pharmacy,” Konkol said of the feature that was added to Allina’s medical record system this past year.
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