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More from Fairview Pharmacy Services' Kyle Skiermont, Pharm.D., vice president of operations, on how the pharmacy has built its central-fill process flows and logistics.
Cardinal Health held its 2014 Retail Business Conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center outside Washington, D.C. The event pulled together a large group of pharmacists eager to have a look at the latest technology offerings from Cardinal and its partners, take advantage of the extensive educational sessions, and learn from each other.
Significant advances have occurred in electronic prescribing over the past few years. A substantial increase in volume was mainly due to the meaningful use of e-prescribing in prescriber systems according to the requirements set by CMS.
In anticipation of releasing a “refreshed” health information technology (HIT) strategic plan later this year, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is seeking comment on a 10-year vision for achieving an interoperable HIT infrastructure that it released in June.
The National Association of Chain Drug Stores held its 2014 Total Store Expo in Boston. Technology was well represented, and the vendors on hand were busy meeting with delegations from chains of all sizes.
In the last issue I said that in the future there would be more health/medical electronic gadgets. My computer told me about these — and I can’t resist adding some comments.
Today, we are immersed in a completely different Web experience, known as Web 2.0. This modern-day Web is very different from the Web 1.0 world. Individuals have literally thousands of free tools available to create and share Web-based content. Whereas organizations spent large amounts of money to create content in the Web 1.0 world, anyone reading this article can build an engaging Web experience using free tools right now.
Forty-nine states now have PDMPs in place requiring pharmacies to report controlled substances that have been dispensed. I recently had the opportunity to attend a meeting on the topic in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.
Central fill has evolved into an important way for pharmacies to standardize processes, reduce costs, improve efficiency, and most importantly, afford pharmacy staff the chance to step away from certain repetitive tasks and focus on the bigger picture. Find out how central fill is working for pharmacies with 100 locations or 10, and with pharmacy locations in a limited area or spread across several states.
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