Daman in Abu Dhabi healthcare initiative
Abu Dhabi, May 26, 2012
The National Insurance Company, Daman has announced the first full implementation of the Pharmacy Benefit Management (PBM) initiative in pharmacies within the Al Noor Hospital Group in Abu Dhabi.
The PBM system, an initiative of the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD), is an automated third party administrator of prescription drug programs primarily responsible for processing and paying claims.
In Daman’s drive for continuous quality and cost-effectiveness across the medical health system, PBM is an important milestone, said a senior official.
Al Noor Hospital pharmacies will now benefit by receiving automated pre-approval from insurers on prescribed medication using Shafafiya – HAAD’s dedicated transaction platform for healthcare operators and insurers – creating greater efficiency and enabling potential cost-savings.
The highly-lauded PBM initiative forms the backbone of the E-prescription system which enables Daman members to collect prescribed medicine directly from pharmacies without any paper-based prescriptions.
Commenting on the move, Dr Jad Aoun, the chief medical officer at Daman said: “I congratulate Al Noor on being the first hospital to implement the new system. The successful implementation of PBM confirms Daman as a reliable partner in the healthcare system and will help us deliver a more efficient service to our basic plan members. And I would encourage all pharmacies to implement the PBM system.”
Speaking on behalf of Al Noor Hospital, Dr Sami Alom, the chief strategy officer said: "We are proud to be the first hospital to fully implement PBM in our pharmacies. The system will ensure a better clinical outcome for our patients while containing pharmaceutical costs."
"Al Noor’s ICT department and Daman’s Claims department collaborated to make PBM a reality. Our commitment to investing in information technology continues to put us ahead of our competition and makes us pioneers in Abu Dhabi healthcare," he added.
Daman, who recently received their provisional URAC Accreditation, currently has 350-400 daily transactions for their Basic Plan members processed through the PBM system at Al Noor Hospital Pharmacies.-TradeArabia News Service