The National Insurance Board of Bahamas has had another star added to its crown of successes in a year that has already recorded a number of outstanding successes for the Board. NIB has been named a Laureate in the 2011 Computerworld Honors Programme for its use of PAS in its National Prescription Drug Plan.
The Computerworld Honors Programme, founded by International Data Group (IDG) in 1988, recognizes organizations and individuals who have used information technology to promote and advance public welfare, benefit society and change the world for the better. The National Prescription Drug Programme, powered by AIS's Provider Access System (PAS) fits the criteria abundantly. As prompt and timely access to prescription drugs plays a critical role in managing chronic non-communicable diseases (CNCDs), NPDP was established to reduce problems of access to medications by providing prescription drugs FREE of charge to Bahamians in eleven (11) categories, who suffer from CNCDs. The Plan also ensures adequate supplies of formulary drugs with the partnership of participating pharmacies.
NPDP won the accolade of the Computerworld Honors Program because its processes, including member registration, verification of eligibility at the prescription service and pharmacy claims for payment are fully automated, using information technology to enhance accuracy, efficiency and speed in every aspect of the Drug Plan. In this way, NPDP has improved the lives of thousands of Bahamians.
Based on the originality of its conception, the breadth of its vision and the significance of its benefit to society, NPDP was selected for the Award from a highly competitive field of 1,000 nominees, all of which were reviewed for their benefit to society and the results of the technology applied. NIB’s case study, “The National Prescription Drug Plan”, joins 254 others from 23 countries as Laureates in this year’s programme.
The achievements of NIB and other 2011 Laureates was recognized publicly on Monday, June 20 at a black tie awards ceremony and gala celebration at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC.