Insurance company nib has announced a new partnership with ZOOM Pharmacy, which is said to be a New Zealand-first pilot.
Dubbed the “Uber” of prescription medicine, ZOOM Pharmacy delivers prescription medicines direct to a patient’s home or work, removing the need to travel to a pharmacy. The app also provides personalised medicines information and provides daily dose reminders as well as repeat and refill alerts when their medications are running low, then organising their repeat prescription for them. Through the partnership, nib members will also receive free shipping on their prescription medications.
The initiative is a great way to help members to look after their health and wellbeing, nib chief executive officer Rob Hennin said.
“Up to one out of every three of prescriptions are not filled by New Zealanders, leading to increased chronic disease progressions and re-admissions,” Hennin explained. “Direct delivery of medicine is proven to help improve health outcomes for New Zealanders, including patients with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension and stroke.
“It’s particularly helpful for those who find it challenging to get to their local pharmacy or keep track of their medications, helping to make sure they access the treatment they need with greater ease,” he added.
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Meanwhile, ZOOM Pharmacy managing director David Taylor noted they are excited to partner with nib to provide members with a new, easy way to fill their prescriptions.
“We have a fantastic opportunity to make a step change in healthcare in New Zealand by improving medicines’ adherence,” Taylor said. “Using new technologies ZOOM makes it really easy for people to get and take their everyday medicines consistently, and then we make sure they don’t run out.
“All the international data shows that when you deliver medicines to people taking repeat medicines, they do much better,” he added.
The ZOOM Pharmacy app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.