US Patent No. 10,366,784

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PRESCRIPTION TRANSFER


Patent No. 10,366,784
Issue Date July 30, 2019
Title Methods And Systems For Prescription Transfer
Inventorship Charles E. Eller, Lake Saint Louis, MO (US)
Assignee Express Scripts Strategic Development, Inc., St. Louis, MO (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,366,784

1. A method comprising:receiving at one of a plurality of reception interfaces over a communication network in electronic communication with the one of a plurality of reception interfaces via a remote electronic device, by a processor, an electronic digital picture image of a retail pharmacy prescription label including a representation of a retail pharmacy prescription number associated with a prescription drug prescribed to a member and additional prescription information, the retail pharmacy prescription label being affixed to a prescription drug container or packaging provided to the member by a retail pharmacy, wherein the retail pharmacy fills the retail pharmacy prescription and is remote from the processor;
identifying an transmission source associated with the electronic digital picture image:
decoding, by the processor, the electronic digital picture image of the retail pharmacy prescription label including the retail pharmacy prescription number to identify the retail prescription for a patient with a multi-point congruence of information to meet a level of confidence in the prescription identification;
identifying, by the processor, the retail pharmacy associated with the retail pharmacy prescription number from the, decoded electronic image;
identifying, by the processor, the retail pharmacy prescription associated with the retail pharmacy prescription number based on identification of the retail pharmacy, the prescription being for the prescription drug;
determining, by the processor, whether the prescription drug is refill eligible using the retail pharmacy prescription number as decoded from the electronic image of the retail pharmacy prescription label;
identifying, by the processor, a care provider associated with the prescription;
generating, by the processor, a mail order delivery request to refill the prescription drug for the member at mail order based on receipt of the electronic image, identification of the prescription, and a determination that the prescription drug is refill eligible;
transmitting over the communication network the mail order delivery request to the care provider;
verifying that the transmission source is associated with the member while using the transmission source as one point of the multi-point congruence of information to identify the member and the prescription, wherein generating of the mail order request is further based on verification that the transmission source is associated with the member;
receiving over the communication network, by the processor, a mail order delivery authorization response from the care provider;
adjudicating, by the processor, the identified prescription; and
scheduling, by the processor, a mail order delivery of a refill of the prescription drug from a mail order pharmacy to the member based upon receipt of the mail order delivery authorization response, adjudicating and the electronic image of the retail pharmacy prescription label.