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Gisborne's Horouta Pharmacy, has been awarded East Coast Rural Pharmacy Services contract with RXOne

12 Sep 2022
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Horouta Pharmacy (Gisborne) and HealthSoft (Auckland) proudly announce a strategic collaboration which includes innovative patient and software services to take medicines delivery and oversight closer to whānau in their homes and communities.

Horouta Pharmacy, is co-owned and operated by pharmacist Kevin Pewhairangi (Te Aitanga a Hauiti and Ngāti Porou), and clinical pharmacist Kasey Brown (New Zealand born Samoan). They are deeply connected and committed to the serve local and regional whānau with advanced and personalised health and wellbeing solutions with a particular focus on medications.

Their successful bid for the East Coast Rural Pharmacy Services tender provides an opportunity to re-imagine health service delivery and medications management for remote rural whānau and to utilise new digital tools to support this.

“Horouta Pharmacy is delighted to have been selected to bring innovation and improved healthcare delivery to the East Coast rural whānau. The intent of this tender is to accelerate better health equity and health outcomes for rural Māori. We are pleased to collaborate with HealthSoft to utilise their deep digital health experience and to extend their RxOne® pharmacy platform so we can better reach and serve our whānau”, said Kevin Pewhairangi.

“For this project we plan to enhance our medications delivery through multiple remote depots, and to extend our digital connections and support for our patients in East Coast rural areas. We would also like to acknowledge the support of Whānau Tahi (Auckland) and Turanga Health (Gisborne)”, he added.

HealthSoft Managing Director, Margie Peat added, “HealthSoft has a deep understanding of the community pharmacy markets in New Zealand. We are delighted to partner with Kevin, Kasey and their team at Horouta Pharmacy to support the delivery of new medicine and pharmacy services to the East Coast rural whānau”.

About Horouta Pharmacy

Horouta Pharmacy is the newest pharmacy in Te Tai Rāwhiti with the youngest owners and is the only Māori and Samoan owned Pharmacy in Aotearoa. It is a highly culturally driven Pharmacy catering for all ethnicities in the region. Horouta Pharmacy employs 3 Māori technicians who whakapapa to Iwi and hapū in and around te Tai Rāwhiti. Employing staff that are aware of their culture, language and the local area is of the utmost importance. Proudly Horouta Pharmacy is well equipped culturally to look after all the communities in Gisborne, in the western rural areas and on the East Coast.

About Kevin Pewhairangi:

Kevin is the Vice President of the Māori Pharmacists Association, has been appointed Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer within the School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, and received the Honorary white coat award from the University of Otago School of Pharmacy.

Kevin was the first Māori MPA member elected to the Pharmaceutical Society of NZ governance board. He is also a researcher in a Health research Council (HRC) backed investigation into Māori interactions with Pharmacy and how Pharmacy can better service Māori.

About HealthSoft/RxOne

HealthSoft is a specialist pharmacy platform developer based in Auckland, New Zealand. It designs, develops, and markets the fully integrated RxOne® pharmacy platform to community and compounding pharmacies in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands.

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