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The American Society for Automation in Pharmacy (ASAP) held its 2014 annual conference in January at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Fla.
The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists held its 2013 Annual Meeting & exhibition in Seattle.
Medscape ran a great article series last year on cutting-edge medical advances. Entitled “Science or Science Fiction: Cutting-Edge Medical Advances,” the series involved writers Bret S. Stetka, M.D., and Marrecca Fiore walking readers through 25 fascinating developments.
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.
The American healthcare IT market will hit $31 billion in 2017, with a compound annual growth rate of 7.4% from 2012 to 2017. Driving this growth is the demand for clinical IT and the use of IT to reduce the cost of healthcare delivery. It is just a matter of time before paper-based systems disappear entirely and the entire system is digitized.
To start 2014, we are going to look at patient engagement. We have touched on this topic in previous columns, but would like to focus solely on patient engagement at this time.
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.
Whatever a pharmacy’s focus — retail, LTC, or specialty — workflow can play a major role in moving prescriptions through the dispensing process efficiently and managing patients better. From staff specialization to automating administrative tasks and the built-in tracking and safety measures, pharmacies are using workflow to save time and money, improve service, and create a technology foundation to support their strategic objectives.
There’s a great deal of discussion about how the pharmacist’s role is changing from that of a pill dispenser to a provider of clinical services. And there’s a recognition that pharmacy technology needs to be more tightly tied into the health information technology spectrum to help this happen. We’re a little closer to that future now, thanks to a Web app, The Pharmacy Home Project, created by Community Care of North Carolina. You will see what this app is all about and how it’s being put into play to support enhanced care at the community pharmacy.
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