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Bedside Rx: Reimagining the Pharmacy Workflow Process

Recently, Becker’s Hospital Review published an excellent piece entitled, “It’s time to bridge clinical and operational excellence – Here’s how to get there.” The article points out that hospital pharmacies sit at the intersection of the supply chain and clinical care and are thus an often-overlooked opportunity for improvement. Michael Brown, vice president of managed…

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Sourcing medical carts? Here’s what you need to know.

When you think about how hospitals and other healthcare locations can provide quality care as efficiently as possible, it’s unlikely that medical supply carts are the first thing that come to mind. But in reality, they are a critical piece of the puzzle. They provide structure to the way healthcare is administered, increase organizational efficiency,…

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5 Ways to Address the Growing Healthcare Efficiency Crisis

Harvard’s Dr. Michael Porter defines value in health care with the equation { value = outcomes/cost }. That seems pretty straightforward, yet efficiency in healthcare remains elusive. Healthcare organizations face an overwhelming challenge: providing safe care that produces good health outcomes in complex organizations with heavy patient loads, limited staffing, and tight financial resources. By…

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Facing the Challenge of Drug Diversion in Healthcare Settings

Substance addiction and abuse in the United States has reached alarming proportions. The epidemic is so severe that drug overdoses are one of the most common causes of death for Americans under the age of 50. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found in a 2017 study that overdoses killed approximately 64,000 people…

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Expanding Pharmacy Inventory Management beyond The Pharmacy

The Issues Facing Pharmacy Inventory Management Pharmacy technicians are well aware of the importance of keeping an accurate inventory of drugs. They spend nearly 25 percent of their days maintaining medication inventories in centralized pharmacies. It can be tricky to balance the need to maintain adequate supplies while minimizing overstock. Drug overstock is costly, as…

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3 Benefits of Pharmacy Automation

The Trend of Pharmacy Automation As the pharmacy seeks to modernize its processes and adhere to stringent regulatory requirements, automation has come front and center. While some pharmacies, particularly smaller operations, hesitate in adopting pharmacy automation systems due to budget constraints or space limitations, the cost of automation is coming down, as well as the…

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Using Patient Care Technology to Improve the Patient Experience

The Evolution of Technology in Healthcare Up until the recent past, transformative patient care technology consisted primarily of electronic medical records (EMRs). EMRs were a mainstay in many healthcare organizations’ technology investments, providing a single place to maintain and share patient medical records. EMRs dramatically reduced errors, maximized cost-efficiency and allowed for better coordination between…

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Improving Patient Care through Technology

The patient journey through the healthcare system has evolved over the past half-century. While the end goal of providing quality patient care to achieve the best outcomes is still the end goal, how that care is delivered has dramatically changed. Healthcare providers are improving patient care through technology, leveraging its unique capabilities to create a…

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The Crash Cart Checklist: Is It Enough to Reduce Patient Risk?

The Essential Crash Cart The purpose of a crash cart is to store and transport emergency medication and equipment, providing physicians and nurses immediate access to life-saving items. One report by the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey found approximately six million patients were triaged into the “immediate category” in emergency departments across the United…

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Medication Mistakes: Who’s at Fault?

A Tragic Medication Error In a recent article by The Institute for Safe Medicine Practices (ISMP), “Another Round of the Blame Game: A Paralyzing Criminal Indictment that Recklessly ‘Overrides’ Just Culture”, the inherent risk and prevalence of medication errors are put front and center once again. The article discusses how a nurse is facing criminal…

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