RIVA User Group 2017

By Irene Wasilewski, Application Consultant

ARxIUM recently held its annual RIVA User Group at the ARxIUM  office in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Nineteen hospitals participated in the two-day sessions and discussed maximizing RIVA utilization, RIVA support, regulatory updates and more. Craig Boyce, RPh, one of the Pharmacy Systems Consultants at ARxIUM, organized and led the event.

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Innovative Pharmacy Solutions…from our customers

By KJ Delaney, Application Consultant

As an Application Consultant, I get to travel across the United States and Canada. I get to visit all sorts of hospitals and pharmacy sites. I get to meet new people, and visit with old acquaintances. From time to time I get to teach them. But on one of my last visits, a customer taught me something; something about an innovative pharmacy solution.

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Top Ten Things to Consider When Changing Your Target Operating System Platform

By David Skowronski, Computer System Engineer

The following top 10 list is important to consider when deciding to change the operating system of an existing production system or product platform. Because this change can potentially create many risks, it’s best to do a full evaluation of the product or platform first before considering the change to a new target operating system.

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Times are Changing – Using Automated Dispensing Cabinets in Alternate Care Settings

By Jodie Vogt, Product Sales Support

Does this scenario sound familiar to you if you work in an alternate care setting such as long term care, rehabilitation or hospice? It is “Someone’s” job to check the Emergency Medication Tackle Box or a Night Box to make sure that the tear away security lock is still intact. Upon inspection, the security seal has been broken. So, now the saga begins. Was something used? Is the paper work completely and accurately filled out? Is something missing? Are all of the medications in date? Does the sticker on the outside correctly represent the closest expiration date? Is the box even still sitting on the shelf or is the whole box missing? So many questions, processes, procedures and concerns around one little tackle box. How many do you keep track of and where are they? And now, you have to get the medications replaced along with the lock and you did not bring anything with you. Why didn’t you? Because you did not know that anything was used.

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The Value of Teamwork

By Jay Yates, Manager of Implementation

So, you’ve been asked to complete a large project with impossible time lines and failure is not an option. You can’t do it on your own and be successful. I’ve been there more times than I can count, as I am sure you all have been. Recently, Sales Leadership approached me with a large project that would impact our profitability and help us secure a new customer who is growing in one of our targeted markets.

When challenged with what seemed like the impossible, you need to step back and re-examine the norm.

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Are pharmacy labels your workflow crutch?

By Beth Richter, Pharmacist Consultant

For many years, pharmacy workflow and medication dispensing have been driven by paper: paper in the form of a label.  Labels are used for everything and for good reason.  There are labels for the little baggie of medications so you know where it’s going, labels for pre-filled syringes to identify contents, expiration date and lot number, labels on IV bags to identify contents, flow rates, etc.  Labels are undoubtedly a very important aspect to the pharmacy practice.  The first class I ever took in pharmacy school, my professor said “the first lesson in pharmacy was to document everything; if you don’t document it, it didn’t happen!”

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Marrying Hardware and Software

By: David Pilkington, Software Developer

DEARLY beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight of Geeks, and in the face of these consumers, to join together this Hardware and this Software in peculiar Matrimony; which is a fickle estate, instituted of Developers in the time of man’s inquisitiveness, signifying unto us the mystical union that is betwixt Mechanics and Electronics; which unholy estate Physics concocted and bewildered with its presence, and first marvel that it wrought, in Silicon Valley of California; and is commended of Saint Morley to be honorable among all nerds: and therefore is not by any to be enterprised, nor taken in hand, unadvisedly, lightly, or haphazardly, to satisfy men’s curiosity and sense of achievement, like brute beasts that have no understanding; but reverently, discreetly, advisedly, soberly, and in the fear of accidental dismemberment; duly considering the causes for which Matrimony was ordained.

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Going Global – ARxIUM’s International Journey

By: Irene Wasilewski,  Application Consultant

ARxIUM’s Director of Distribution Sales, Randy Kehler, recently presented to a group of students at the University of Manitoba’s International Management’s class. Mr. Kehler has been travelling the globe setting up distribution networks for ARxIUM’s fully automated IV compounding system, RIVA. The following is a summary of the presentation he provided.

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Pouch Device Optimization

By KJ Delaney, Application Consultant

Being the owner of an ARxIUM pouch packager does have its share of responsibility. You have made an investment into your business of taking care of your patients. However, you will also need to take care of your device. I do understand you are all busy. The phone is ringing. The patients are waiting. The doctor needs to discuss their patient’s treatment. But with these few tips, you will make your machine last and become more efficient. The machine will do the work for you; you just need to help it along.

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