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From The Issue: September/October 2020


90-Day Supply: A Growing Prescription Trend?

In this ComputerTalk Podcast, we talk with Eyad Farah, vice president and general manager of Health Mart Atlas, a pharmacy services administration organization (PSAO). Farah discusses a recent phenomenon in community pharmacy, which is a shift from 30-day to 90-day prescription refills. We address the following topics around 90-day fills, in the context of the […]

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90-Day Supply: A Growing Prescription Trend?

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The Big Three

An article in the September issue of Harper’s Magazine titled “The Big Tech Extortion Racket” refers to Google, Facebook, and Amazon as the “middlemen.” The corporate business model in all three is about data ownership and the discriminatory practices that are used.

Tools and Tech for Pharmacists to Support Transitions of Care

Many variables in transitions of care must be considered in order to achieve the best outcomes for patients, minimize readmissions, and control costs. We would like to explore potential tools and resources that pharmacists can utilize in interventions that aim to ensure quality in transitions of care.
Long-Term Care: A New Set of Challenges Ed Vess Paul Baldwin

Long-Term Care: A New Set of Challenges

No sector of the healthcare industry has been affected more than long-term care over the past year. What are the keys to success going forward? Marketing your pharmacy‘s unique offerings – from vaccination programs to Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support and more – and continuing to push for provider status.
Six Things To Know About CPESN Networks Part 2

Six Things Every Pharmacist Should Know About CPESN Networks – Part II

Part two of a series on six things pharmacists should know about CPESN networks. EngageRx, latest step in the maturation of CPESN USA. Pharmacies in local networks must demonstrate they provide a core set of enhanced services. And every CPESN pharmacy must be capable of, and actively use, a pharmacy eCare plan.

Inactive Ingredients and Drug Therapy Safety

System quality measures are primarily, but not exclusively, based on the drug’s active ingredient(s). An increasing demand now exists to assess the safety of inactive ingredients.

Pharmacy PLUS Technology Blog

Four Ways Technology Can Boost Your Pharmacy’s Services

The writing’s on the wall: technology is revolutionizing the way pharmacies provide services. Fortunately, as a pharmacist, you can take advantage of these advances to improve your services and increase customer satisfaction. At ComputerTalk For The Pharmacist, we always have a finger on the pulse of the pharmaceutical tech...

Sonexus Hub Impact in Specialty Pharmacy Patient Journey

In this interview, Luis Portela, director of access and patient support at Cardinal Health Sonexus™ Access And Patient Support, explains how a hub provides clear pathways and tailored solutions to each patient during a treatment journey and why an important part of the care coordination around specialty drugs is communication.

Technology that Powers Pharmacist Role in Clinical Decision Support

Pharmacists’ expertise in clinical decision support is moving front and center to the hospital setting for reducing readmissions and increasing adherence rates. Reaching patients where they are and packaging prescriptions to take home reduce the gap in adherence rates. This is the opportunity to be part of a collaborative team...
Critical Health-System Pharmacy Systems: POS and AI Improve Patient Care

2 Critical Health-System Pharmacy Systems: POS and AI Improve Patient Care

Streamline health-system operations and improve profitability with 2 critical health-system pharmacy systems: POS and AI Improve Patient Care. Achieve goals that were always important to hospital pharmacies, but in the wake of COVID-19’s stresses to the healthcare system, there’s even more of a need to implement digital solutions.

Technology that Drives Innovative Health-System Pharmacy Services

Automation and technology solutions can answer the paramount need in health-system pharmacy for safety and accuracy, as well as improving outcomes. With these aspects automated, health-system pharmacists can practice at the top of their license.

Newest Trends in Pharmacy Delivery Services

There are a variety of barriers to care that pharmacies can help patients overcome. For example, drug costs can be a significant barrier for millions of Americans. Pharmacists can address this barrier by working with prescribers to make appropriate substitutions of lower cost medications. Actually getting into the pharmacy...

Adding CBD to the Front End of Your Pharmacy

CBD and CDB oil are a growing market, and there's no doubt that it will continue to grow in popularity in the years ahead. Adding CBD products to your pharmacy is a great way to tap into this trend and boost your bottom line

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LTC: Weathering the Challenges Can Pharmacy Technology Help?

Traditionally, our September/October issue looks at trends in long-term care (LTC). This year the context may be different due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but in interviews with a variety of stakeholders, the foundation of LTC pharmacy — pharmacy systems, interfaces, and automation — has provided the resources to adapt to the new way of servicing facilities, and in some cases, this shift has created improvements that might not have come about otherwise.

COVID-19 Driving Pharmacy Automation

Multidose blisters with automation preparation serve to limit the touches during production and greatly reduce the bedside administration time for the caregiver.

LTC Pharmacy: In It for the Long-Term

Lou Ann Brubaker, president of Brubaker Consulting, talks about the shifts in long-term care and the impact on pharmacies and the pharmacy software they’re using.

Should Technology Be a Priority for Your LTC Pharmacy?

The right technology investment for a long-term care pharmacy can result in value-add services for clients while maintaining,
or even improving, the bottom line. Marc Johnson, key account director for long-term care at AmerisourceBergen, covers the three questions you should ask before integrating a new pharmacy technology solution.

SoftWriters at 20: It Starts with Relationships

As SoftWriters celebrates its 20th anniversary serving long-term care pharmacy, ComputerTalk’s Maggie Lockwood spoke with Tim Tannert, president, about the company’s commitment to its customers and the challenges facing the industry.

Six Things Every Pharmacist Should Know About CPESN Networks

by Bruce Kneeland
The goal to fill more prescriptions is no longer the primary path to success in pharmacy. In this second of a two-part series on CPESN, Bruce Kneeland outlines the training available, how to join a local network, the importance of eCare plans, and the ultimate goal of this program to gain pharmacists provider status.

Long-Term Care: A New Set of Challenges

by Ed Vess, R.Ph., and Paul Baldwin
No sector of the healthcare industry has been more affected by the COVID-19 pandemic than long-term care. As pharmacy adjusts, there are keys to potential success despite this once-in-a-lifetime event. Whether adding immunization programs or clinical services, pharmacy is in a unique position to define its strengths.


Tools and Tech for Pharmacists to Support Transitions of Care

Inactive Ingredients and Drug Therapy Safety

Deprescribing: A Tool for Cost Reduction and Improved Outcomes?