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Pharmacy Voices is content from ComputerTalk‘s regular columnists, as well as from contributors from around the industry.

Challenges in Quality Measure Reporting

How do you define “quality” in your practice? Might it be measured by the average wait time your customers experience, by the percentage of patients offered additional clinical services, by the hundreds or thousands of prescriptions accurately filled between misfills, by the percentage of patients receiving medication doses outside of recommended doses, or by some other measures ...
George Pennebaker, Pharm.D.

Data, Facts, Opinions

The difficulty arises when we make measurable things important rather than make important things measurable. What a pharmacy benefits manager’s (PBM’s) drug trend report reveals is interesting, but what it conceals is essential.
Marsha K. Millonig, B.Pharm., M.B.A. Catalyst Enterprises

Specialty Pharmacy Sparks Concerns

Finding and implementing solutions regarding specialty pharmacy is taking on increased importance, as these products account for a growing percentage of the annual healthcare spend. According to the Express Scripts 2016 Drug Trend Report, based on 2015 data: “Today 37.7% of drug spend is for specialty medications, with the number expected to increase to 50% by 2018 and continue to grow from there.”

How the Last 10 Years of Tech Can Help Prepare You Today

Ten years ago, RadioShack was celebrating its 84th year of being in business and was thought of by many as the “go to” place to see new technology. Even though they partnered with Sprint, they couldn’t command enough interest in this world today, where smartphones are the mainstream focus. Didn’t they know that the wearable technology and the Internet of Things was where everything was heading? Didn’t they know that Amazon was going to supply nearly every component of their inventory and ship it quickly without charging sales tax?
George Pennebaker, Pharm.D.

Workflow Is Important

Making sure work flows instead of stumbles can make huge differences in your day. Every pharmacy needs workflow analysis on at least an annual basis. There are some easy things you can do if you take a few minutes to do them.

Web Cast: What Are Your Automation Financing Options?

If you weren't able to join us, you can now watch the recording of the Webinar we cohosted with Live Oak Bank's Jimmy Neil...
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What’s Coming with Track and Trace

The key provisions of the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) will be phased in over the next 10 years and will make it easier to trace where a drug has been in the supply chain; detect and remove counterfeit drug products; and facilitate drug recalls when necessary.

The 20 Top Stories from ComputerTalk 2015

Year in Review: The Most Popular Content Items from ComputerTalk Magazine and computertalk.com We're running down the 20 most read items from 2015 over the...
Bill Lockwood, Chairman/Publisher

Prescription Drug Abuse

Pharmacies are at the forefront in addressing the abuse issue. The early PMPs wanted to know what was being dispensed by pharmacies. Fortunately, the pharmacy management system could be programmed to automatically send the file of controlled substances for the required reporting frequency.

Getting Ready for the Internet of Things

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.