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September/October 2017

George Pennebaker, Pharm.D.

Ancient Healthcare Truths

Let us remember that there have always been healthcare providers. Often they were the smartest or most respected, or just learned from their mentors. They had little to go on because there was little knowledge. They were often helping people by just “bending” their minds.
Absolute Pharmacy, North Canton, Ohio

Fitting into the Continuum of Care

The plan for growth at Absolute Pharmacy includes increased prescription fill speed and multidose cards, thanks to Synergy Medical automation. Stringent regulations, competitive demands from facilities, and the push to a home-based model all stem from the overall goal to reduce the hospital readmission rate.

Blister Pack Automation for Growth

Checklist for pharmacies considering compliance packaging automation.

Little Data: Health Information Technology Helping Weather the Storm

Americans have a history of coming together in times of great need. KatrinaHealth.org was created shortly after the storm hit to provide a central point of access to evacuees’ prescription histories by authorized healthcare professionals. In less than a month, 150 organizations pulled together to create the site (including businesses in competition with each other). Today, we are still impressed by the collective effort — enabled by health information technology (HIT) — that provided critically important information to support the continuation of car

High Volume or High Touch? Choosing a Path for Success

In the face of an array of challenges, you need a plan that makes dispensing meaningful to both patients and to your pharmacy. We take a look at two different approaches, with one pharmacy that’s focusing on ramping up volume and another that’s providing specialized dispensing.

Central Fill Process and Logistics | The Pharmacy Counter

More from The Pharmacy Counter's Bryan Coehrs, Pharm.D., director of pharmacy operations, on how the pharmacy has built its central-fill process flows and logistics.

Checklist: Blister Pack Automation for Growth

Blister cards automation can give you competitive advantages. Synergy Medical provided the following checklist when a pharmacy is considering this type of automation and dispensing system.
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Amazon: Pharmacy Disrupter or Tough Going?

The mid-May announcement that Amazon plans to enter the pharmacy market was met with many divergent views. While many are convinced that Amazon will be a market disrupter that is too big and savvy to fail, one only needs to remember the Amazon Fire phone to realize that Amazon is not infallible