As the lead analyst of an internal study of our Real-Time Prescription Benefit solution, I analyzed 34.5 million e-prescriptions sent across our network in May 2022. Real-Time Prescription Benefit delivers patient-specific benefit and cost information to providers within their electronic health records (EHRs) and pharmacy software systems, so we wanted to better understand the impact of using this solution to improve medication affordability and first-fill adherence.
Our study found that the overall national pick-up rate for prescriptions informed by Real-Time Prescription Benefit was 73.3% in May 2022, 3.2 percentage points higher than the pick-up rate for prescriptions that were not (70.1%).
I would also like to share the work of other researchers who authored studies assessing the impact of Real-Time Prescription Benefit. These studies report promising and exciting findings that demonstrate and confirm the value of Real-Time Prescription Benefit at the point of care.
This 2022 Kaiser Health Foundation survey spotlights the cost challenge. Many patients skip doses or cut pills in half because of costs. Or they abandon their prescriptions entirely.
As the studies above suggest, Real-Time Prescription Benefit lowers costs and improves pickup rates, which means that patients get their medications because they can afford to.
Our data brief explores these studies in more detail.
Real-Time Tools Lower Costs & Improve Pickup Rates
Real-Time Prescription Benefit enhances medication affordability and adherence. Three studies in peer-reviewed science journals show how.