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Illuminate.health brings in Pharmacy expertise to the Advisory Board

Illuminate.health brings in Pharmacy expertise to the Advisory Board CARMEL, IN, June 29, 2021 – illuminate.health, a tech-enabled medication management service provider, announced today the addition of Nimesh Jhaveri to the company’s advisory board. As president of Community Pharmacy and Health / Senior Vice President of McKesson Corporation, Jhaveri is responsible for the community pharmacy and health business, including field sales and operations, the Health Mart Franchise, Health Mart Atlas, Consumer Packaged Goods, development and

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Understanding Health Literacy

Understanding Health Literacy Health literacy is the “degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.” In the US, only 12% of the population are considered to have a proficient health literacy.  Per the CDC, patients with low health literacy can require more emergency care, have a higher frequency of hospital stays, and are less likely to comply with treatment plans

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How Pharmacists Can Leverage Technology For Medication Reconciliation And Virtual Patient Care

How Pharmacists Can Leverage Technology For Medication Reconciliation And Virtual Patient Care Authored by Ken Dandurand R.Ph and Varun Goyal M.S,, M.B.A.  Pharmacists play a critical role in the healthcare ecosystem, and can work with other health professionals to contribute to positive patient outcomes. This relationship is especially true when pharmacists can leverage technology to provide ongoing patient empowerment, support, and education to reduce the risk of adverse events from prescribed medications. Given that only

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Helping Each Other Through This

Helping Each Other Through This The hazards – known and unknown — of the present public health crisis can seem overwhelming as we adjust to our new circumstances. We fear for ourselves and our loved ones: our aging parents who live in a different city and are more susceptible to COVID-19; our children, who may be less prone to getting sick but can still spread the virus; and our friends and colleagues who have health

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Why Are Some Medications Recommended to Take With Food?

Why Are Some Medications Recommended to Take With Food? Written By: Mark Rogers, Pharm. D There are three main reasons that some medications are recommended to take with food: 1. Reduce Side Effects One of the most common side effects of many drugs are GI-related, such as nausea, vomiting, indigestion, heartburn, and gas. For medications with these or related side effects, taking them with food can help minimize or eliminate the discomfort. Additionally, for drugs

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Pharmacist Recommended Cold & Flu Medicines That Won’t Break the Bank

Written By: Mark Rogers, Pharm. D As a pharmacist for 12 years, two of the most common questions I am asked are, “What is the best medicine to take for the cold and flu?” And, “How much does it cost?” Here are my top recommendations that won’t break the bank: 1) Headache, Fever, Muscle Aches, Sore Throat — Ibuprofen (Advil) & Acetaminophen (Tylenol) I often use a combination of the two drugs, separating each by 3-4 hours

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Top Tips For Dealing with Medication Side Effects

Top Tips For Dealing with Medication Side Effects Authored By: Mark Rogers, Pharm. D So you started a new medication that your doctor says you really need to be taking. The problem is, the side effects of the drug are less an ideal. You’re having stomach cramps. Or diarrhea. Or your heart is racing. So what’s the best way to manage them? Let’s first take a step back. Adverse medication side effects are the secondary

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Healthcare is making bold but incremental moves: Takeaways from Health 2.0

Healthcare is making bold but incremental moves:Takeaways from Health 2.0 This was my third time attending the Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, CA. I always come away learning something new, validating certain hypotheses and making new friends. This year wasn’t very different, but there was a sense of realism this time. Buzzword Fatigue and Reality Check Whether on stage or in the networking breaks, people were not just speaking of Blockchain, AI or machine

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Navigating the World of Over-The Counter (OTC) Medicines: What Medicines Are Best for Headache/Pain? (in no particular order)

Written By: Mark Rogers, Pharm. D Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Acetaminophen is generally effective for mild-to-moderate pain and headaches. Oddly though, we still do not fully understand how it works. Be careful though, acetaminophen is however one of the most dangerous OTC drugs, responsible for thousands of overdoses and hundreds of deaths every year. The reason is that it can be hard to keep track of a daily dose, since it is used in so many combination

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Top Tips To Help Caregivers & Parents Manage Their Family’s Medication

Managing medication for a loved one is difficult & confusing. Some of us have to organize so many pills & all of us have so many questions. Is this safe? Can these two pills be taken at the same time? It can feel overwhelming. The information & brochures that come with prescriptions & over-the-counter medication are hard to read and don’t make much sense. When you have questions, it can be difficult to find the

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Introducing illuminate.health

A Personal Story From CEO Varun Goyal Six years ago, while trying to start our family, my wife was dealing with a minor but annoying case of a bacterial infection. Thankfully, she was proactive about her care, and saw a doctor, who prescribed an antibiotic. By chance, I spoke to a physician friend before picking up the prescription, who told us the medication was alright unless we were pregnant or were trying to get pregnant, which

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Navigating the World of Over-The Counter (OTC) Medicines: What Medication is Best for Heartburn (in no particular order)

Written By: Mark Rogers, Pharm. D Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) The drugs available as OTC in this category includes the brands Prilosec, Nexium, Protonix (I recommend buying the generic equivalent to save $$). PPIs are the most effective heartburn drugs available OTC, but with a few caveats. They require a day or two to reach full effect & provide significant relief. As such, they should be taken on a routine basis, not just as needed

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Are you taking your meds efficiently?

As CEO of illuminate.health, I naturally talk about the work we do every chance I get to anyone who will listen: not only do I get to help educate consumers, but I also learn a few things from them along the way.  On this particular day, I was returning home from the Digital Health CEO Summit in San Francisco and began talking with the flight attendant. She had just moved to a retirement community and

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