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Continuing work toward achieving its strategic plan, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released a draft interoperability report in January entitled “Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap.”
With the first biosimilar approval in March and the FDA’s publishing of biosimilar industry guidance documents in April, it is essential to evaluate different stakeholder perspectives concerning what is already known about biosimilars and what still remains to be determined.
The 8th Annual Integra User Seminar in San Antonio, Texas, attracted nearly 200 pharmacy professionals from over 100 pharmacies.
The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) held its 2015 Annual Meeting & Exposition in San Diego, with close to 6,000 attendees turning out.
This column has two parts. The first is about the changing changes that are changing what we do, how we do it, and who we do it for/to. The second is about how people make decisions. You and me and everybody that we try to get to make the “right” decisions.
Technology Corner [May/June 2015] Comparing e-Prescribing in the United States with Australia’s Model
Do you realize that it’s been nearly 10 years since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the initial “foundation” standards for electronic prescribing (eRx)? But how do we compare to other countries?
The FDA recently published a proposed rule that would convert the manufacturer’s paper labeling, either on or in a product from which the drug is being dispensed, to electronic media. This would provide for far more timely information on warnings, adverse reactions, and contraindications.
The FDA issued its proposed rule for the electronic distribution of prescribing information on Dec. 18, 2014, with the stated purpose of being sure that health professionals have access to the most current prescribing information for prescription drugs at the time of clinical decision-making and drug dispensing.
Recently, I came across a couple of books that are very interesting and well written. One is about the people who “invented” computers. The other is about the people who “created” Obamacare. Both examine how things get done and how people interact in the process.
Your competition has likely gone so far beyond you in the world of connectivity that it’s time for you to consider moving to a level that improves your patient communication, engagement, and participation activities significantly. We suggest that you work through the following checklist and consider your priorities for adopting our suggested changes.
E-prescribing has impacted the way pharmacies conduct their business. However, as technology helps solve problems, it may also create new problems.
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