By: Sean Karbowicz, Pharm.D., R.Ph., Founder of MedSavvy
When you think about the pharmacy, what comes to mind? Clarity and ease? Or maybe the experience goes a little like this:
- Visit the doctor for a diagnosis
- Are prescribed a medication that the doctor has a mere 30 seconds to tell you about
- Go to the pharmacy, only to find that it costs a small fortune or isn’t covered by your insurance
- Ask the pharmacist and your doctor to switch medications
- Attempt to listen to the pharmacist explain the medication at the counter
- Go home
- Take medication
- Conveniently forget everything you need to know about medication
Now, this isn’t a story of a productive trip to the pharmacy, but unfortunately, it is a common experience and many people are left with an unsettling feeling of confusion.
At MedSavvy, we believe there is a better way to understand and manage medications, and we believe health plans can play an important role in improving their members’ experiences in this important area of health care. If you’re interested in learning more, I invite you to register for this upcoming webinar:
Title: Prescription for Success: How Medication Knowledge and Cost Transparency Build Consumer Loyalty
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 12
Time: 10-11 a.m. PST; 1-2 p.m. EST
- Sean Karbowicz, Pharm.D., R.Ph., Founder of MedSavvy (that’s me)
- Daniel Tomaszewski, D., Ph.D., Chapman University
- Helen Leis, Partner, Health and Life Sciences Practice, Oliver Wyman
During the session, you’ll learn how to empower your members to be stewards of their own health with access to pharmacist-specific support and medication information, when and how they need it.
Dr. Sean Karbowicz, Pharm.D. R.Ph Founder and General Manager of MedSavvy, Dr. Sean Karbowicz, Pharm.D. R.Ph., has experience ranging from dispensing medications in retail and hospital pharmacies to implementing health plan pharmacy benefit programs. Throughout his career, he has worked to champion best practices that evaluate scientific evidence to predict the performance of medications. This work has been used by health plans across the country to identify which medications work best for patients. Sean founded MedSavvy as he saw an opportunity to put this powerful information in the hands of patients and physicians in a way that is easy to use and can help reduce the hassles of getting the best medication at the lowest possible cost. Sean received his degree in pharmacy from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, his Doctor of Pharmacy from Oregon State University at Oregon Health Sciences University, and completed a residency in Drug Information at Oregon Health Sciences University.
Dr. Dan Tomaszewski, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Tomaszewski earned his Pharm.D. and Ph.D. in Social and Administrative Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Administration at Chapman University. His scholarly work and research efforts place an emphasis in areas such as pharmacists’ engagement and involvement in a variety of professional activities and political advocacy, medication adherence, and patient focused medication experience.
Helen Leis is a Partner in the Oliver Wyman’s New York Office. She leads Oliver Wyman’s consumer health innovation work, and is an expert in designing consumer-centric business models in health care, including product, experience, and operating models. Helen provides strategic planning, large-scale transformation, and organization alignment advice to senior executives in consumer health companies, health plans, and population health management companies. She is a frequent speaker and author on consumer health innovation, and focuses her efforts on advising her healthcare clients on the shift to consumer-centric business models.