INDUSTRY  WATCH: November/December 2013

QS/1 to Partner with RxTran

This partnership, announced by QS/1, will give QS/1 users fast and accurate prescription translations for customers with limited English proficiency (LEP). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the LEP population grew 80% from 1990 to 2010. RxTran helps pharmacies reach out to these people with translations of prescription drug information.
RxTran uses a software-as-a-service application for access to its library of pretranslated drug information in 17 different languages.

The latest interface developed by Synergy Medical is with the Catalyst oneMAR electronic medication administration record, which allows a 2-D barcode to be generated and printed on blister cards packaged and labeled via a SynMed system.

Synergy Medical also now has compatibility with Medicine-On- Time and MTS RxMap multidose blister cards. These are in addition to SynMed’s use with blister cards manufactured by Dispill and Drug Package.
SynMed is an automated robotic system designed for multidose blister cards. The company has taken a position of neutrality with its willingness to interface with companies offering multidose blister cards for pharmacies serving assisted-living, skilled-nursing, and correctional facilities where patients are taking multiple medications.

In addition to interfaces with multidose blister card companies, Synergy Medical has established interfaces with pharmacy management systems from Cerner Etreby, Computer-Rx, FSI, PioneerRx, QS/1, Rx30, SoftWriters, and SuiteRx.

National Health Systems, the parent company of PDX and National Health Information Network (NHIN), has formed this new division to provide independent pharmacies with software and services, which will create portable, interoperable healthcare data. This will allow the pharmacy’s patients to share healthcare data with other pharmacies, physicians, and admitting hospitals.

In addition to continued support and enhancements to the PDX Classic pharmacy system installed in 6,900-plus pharmacies, the new PDX Community pharmacy system was created specifically for independent pharmacies. This offering, developed with technology used in the PDX Enterprise pharmacy system and RapidFill, currently installed in over 1,200 chain pharmacies and slated for implementation in another 3,200, will include options such as a patient-centric Web engine hosted in the PDX data centers in Dallas and Fort Worth; a new nursing home application; a new point-of-sale application; thirdparty reconciliation; and data file standardization through NHIN. Another option offered will be an interface to the new Community Healthcare Network and Care software, also hosted in the data centers.
Pharmacies currently using the pc I pharmacy system and Freedom Data pharmacy system are being offered a free upgrade to either the PDX Community pharmacy system or the PDX Classic pharmacy system.

“I started my career as a community pharmacist in a small West Texas town, and was the pharmacy consultant for both nursing homes in the little town, as well as the county hospital,” says Ken Hill, founder and chairman of the board for NHS. “Independent community pharmacists have always been involved in their communities, and there are almost 8,000 rural communities that do not have a major drug chain offering retail clinic services within 100 miles of them. I firmly believe that independent community pharmacies in these towns can and will develop healthcare centers to service patients with vaccinations, medication therapy management services, and chronic disease care plans that payers are already implementing in many urban populations.”

Houston, Texas, was one location and Orlando, Fla., another, during the recent National Community Pharmacist Association’s annual convention, which allowed users to get an update on where the company is headed with its software development.

Enhancements announced for the company’s pharmacy management system included mail-order and specialty pharmacy features designed to manage costs and improve adherence. Closing out the meetings were sessions where users had the opportunity to ask questions about the enhancements and discuss additional enhancements that would be beneficial.

ScriptPro’s SP Central pharmacy management system point of sale is now certified with the Appriss National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx) system. NPLEx is a real-time electronic logging system used by pharmacies and law enforcement agencies in 22 states to track and control sales of pseudoephedrine over-the-counter products that can be used to produce methamphetamine.

The interface eliminates the need for pharmacies to maintain manual logs to document sales of these products and automatically alerts for entry of required patient identification data, then sends back an approval or denial and blocks any transaction that would cause the sale to exceed the legal limit for that person.

The newest product in the FrameworkLTC suite of software solutions is a Web-based application that provides real-time access to the business metrics helpful to a pharmacy. With FameworkBI, the metrics are presented in easy-to-interpret dashboards and reports.

“FrameworkLTC is a great system for report generation and mining data,” says Tim Tannert, VP of operations for the company, “but we wanted to go one step further with reporting and have important benchmarks and statistics at the pharmacist’s fingertips.”

The new module was introduced at the SoftWriters users conference in September and received high marks. “Understanding all of your business metrics is imperative, and as soon as I saw FrameworkBI I knew we had to have it in our pharmacy,” says Absolute Pharmacy COO Kevin Fearon.

Pharmacy School Integrates More

Technology into Academic Program The Wingate University School of Pharmacy in North Carolina has integrated Integra’s DocuTrack into its academic program. DocuTrack will interface with the FrameworkLTC pharmacy system from SoftWriters. Students will receive training on how to operate DocuTrack as an electronic platform for processing incoming documentation.
“The point here is to mimic what a student would see in the real work of a pharmacy practice. We looked at DocuTrack and FrameworkLTC, and they just go together,” says Nicholas Ferencz, director of pharmacy practice laboratory at Wingate. Ferencz also notes that the approach they are taking “will allow us to meet the emerging accreditation requirement for pharmacy schools.”

Health Market Science (HMS), located in King of Prussia, Pa., has been named to Inc magazine’s 5000 list of America’s fastest growing private companies. Rankings rely primarily on revenue growth. HMS has had a 50% increase in revenue over the three-year period from 2009 to 2012. This year’s addition marks the fifth time HMS has been awarded this honor. The company is a supplier of provider data and end-to-end solutions that address data management, regulatory compliance, and market intelligence.

Innovaton, the company that developed PharmAssist pharmacy automation solutions, has begun rolling out its new PharmASSIST Dispenser Model 4. According to the company the Model 4 is the first medication dispensing technology that has the capability to self-calibrate the counting of new medications in the pharmacy.

“As we established Model 4 development goals, we knew how important the concept of self-calibration of medications was to our customers and the industry,” says Mary Reno, Innovation CEO. “Self-calibration is a huge timesaver for pharmacies, enabling their staffs to start counting new medications instead of having to make mechanical adjustments or wait for a new cell to arrive. This is particularly relevant when a branded drug goes generic.”

The Model 4’s newly patented Falcon Detection technology is the thrust behind self-calibration that allows the dispenser to count all types of tablet and capsule medications with the highest possible counting accuracy. It is also made with electrostatically charged plastic, which repels the occurring pill dust. Reno sees the Model 4 taking pharmacies to an entirely new level of efficiency, accuracy, patient safety, and prescription throughput.

Originally introduced in 1997, the PharmASSIST Dispenser has been the cornerstone of Innovation’s dispensing technologies and a key component of its Pharmacy Intelligence initiatives. The dispenser continuously collects all dispenser activity in conjunction with the PharmASSIST Symphony database and provides actionable data to the Pharmacy Intelligence analytical tools.