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John Frady joined QS/1 in 1990 and Charles Garner joined in 2005. Both retired this summer, and in this they share stories and memories about how the pharmacy industry has changed.
My first “George’s Corner” was published in the July 1984 edition of ComputerTalk for the Pharmacist. That was more than 31 years ago (31 years, six issues per year, equals 186 columns — wow).
The Pharmacy Health Information Technology Collaborative has released an updated Roadmap for Pharmacy Health Information Technology Integration in U.S. Health Care. The new roadmap provides guidance to pharmacy stakeholders, including vendors, payers, policymakers, and provider organizations.
ViewPoints [September/October 2015] Influence of Accountable Care Organizations on Clinical Services
Pharmacies have faced a constant struggle to obtain reimbursement for providing clinical services in the retail pharmacy space outside of the Medicare Part D market. There are new healthcare financing models that have been introduced in recent years that provide incentives to take a holistic approach to patient management.
Here we go with a new catch phrase. First it was the Internet, now it’s the Internet of Things (IoT). According to Wikipedia, “things” in this case are physical objects “embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and connectivity to enable objects to collect and exchange data.”
A graduate student here at Auburn is studying optimal methods to deliver information to patients about the medications they are taking. When we began looking into this topic, we were quickly reminded what a confusing mash of terminology is used in this space.
Blink and everything changes. I can only add to that: Blink twice and it has probably passed you by. I am writing this on June 28. It has been an eventful week. Several times in this last week everything changed in the blink of an eye.
Generic drugs used to be the golden goose for retail pharmacies. But with all of the changes taking place in the generic drug market, the new generic world requires that pharmacy owners remain flexible in their sourcing by examining pricing from several primary and secondary suppliers.
So now we come to the next frontier that is being labeled “The Internet of Things.” IBM thought leaders have been talking about the world possessing a central nervous system, with everyday devices generating a constant flow of data.
The 21st Century Cures Act legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives on July 10, 2015, with a vote of 344 to 77. The act’s intent is to remove barriers to innovation, allowing the rapid pace of scientific discovery we are experiencing to be more rapidly translated into cures for patients.
When you stop and think about how far we have come just in pharmacy in the 40 years since computers were first used to process prescriptions, it’s simply remarkable. And it’s all based on writing code to extend the benefits derived.
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