Pharmacy Voices

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

Marsha K. Millonig, B.Pharm., M.B.A. Catalyst Enterprises

Documenting and Sharing Clinical Information — Key to Pharmacy’s Future

Pharmacy has been at the forefront of the electronic exchange of information for years. This industry leadership started with the first electronic claims submission (via “dumb” terminals) decades ago and followed with the advent of electronic prescribing. These efforts have been incredibly valuable for the industry.
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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
George Pennebaker, Pharm.D.

Health Insurance Is an Oxymoron

The financial management of healthcare is a fascinating subject that affects each of us in many ways and deeply impacts the health of our country’s economy, as well as its people.
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.
Bill Lockwood, Chairman/Publisher

The Opioid Crisis

PDMPs are becoming very important in addressing the opioid crisis we have in this country. When PDMPs were created, there was little use of the data that resided in their repositories. This has since changed. First, virtually every state requires prescribers and pharmacists to register with their PDMP. Second, many states now require prescribers to check the PDMP before writing an opioid prescription, under certain conditions.

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
Matt Noffsinger TCGRx

High-Volume Dispensing: One Step at a Time

TCGRx EVP of Sales and Marketing Matt Noffsinger talks about what you should really be thinking about when you hear the term “high-volume dispensing” these days. You’ll be surprised that it’s not necessarily a huge central-fill or mail-order operation. Find out how you can bring the efficiencies that drive traditional high-volume settings right down to any dispensing volume and apply them piece by piece to meet a pharmacy’s needs and growth strategy.
Marsha K. Millonig, B.Pharm., M.B.A. Catalyst Enterprises

The 21st Century Cures Act Will Have a Wide Impact

The act is composed of a number of provisions that are designed to improve and modernize different aspects of the healthcare system. The primary areas address acceleration of medical product discovery, development, and delivery. The act’s goal is to improve the health of Americans across a wide array of initiatives.

Text Messaging in Pharmacy

Nearly all U.S. adults now have the needed technology — a cell phone — to send and receive texts. Text messaging is simple and familiar. Not only is nearly everyone able to send and receive texts, most people text regularly and are therefore comfortable with the practice.
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Drug Utilization Alerts: Failures and Future Direction

A December 2016 Chicago Tribune exposé concerning pharmacists’ failure to counsel patients on potentially life-threatening drug interactions and prevent the filling of these prescriptions. Of the 255 pharmacies tested, 52% dispensed medication pairs without mentioning the interaction risks.