How To: Gain Efficiency by Optimizing Your Carousel

By Beth Richter, Pharmacist Consultant Carousels are ubiquitous in the health system pharmacy space.  Often times, the pharmacy staff will pick more than 85% of all doses from a carousel.  Carousels are the primary engines that drive medication distribution and workflow; pharmacy technicians spend hours in front of a carousel each day.  Their day is... Read more

Categories: Automation | Blog | Efficiency | Productivity
Tags: Carousel | Efficiency | Pharmacy Automation | Productivity

Measuring Patient Harm in Canadian Hospitals

By: Irene Wasilewski, Application Consultant Despite health professionals’ focus on safety, a small proportion of patients experience some type of unintended harm as a result of the care they receive. The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) in conjunction with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) recently released a report using 2014/2015 data to measure... Read more

Categories: Announcements | Blog | Safety
Tags: Carousel | Efficiency | Pharmacy Automation | ProductivityAutomation | Awareness | Error Reduction | Safety

Why Coders Should Not Be Testers

By: David Pilkington, Software Developer I’ve been a software developer all my adult life and then some – back to the days when we were called “computer programmers.” In those 35 years I’ve learned a few lessons, and one has definitely been that those who write the software should definitely not be the ones charged... Read more

Categories: Announcements | Blog | Efficiency | People | Software
Tags: Carousel | Efficiency | Pharmacy Automation | ProductivityAutomation | Awareness | Error Reduction | SafetySoftware Design | Software Development | Testing | Validation

So you need to move a Data Center?

By Dan Hawkins M.B.A., Director of Information  Technology Edited by Mike Grzesik, Infrastructure Security Specialist   My team and I just finished up a project that left me exhausted, elated, proud, and much wiser than before we started. We moved a Web-based Data Center application from one Internet hosting provider to another in a 60... Read more

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Tags: Carousel | Efficiency | Pharmacy Automation | ProductivityAutomation | Awareness | Error Reduction | SafetySoftware Design | Software Development | Testing | ValidationData Center | Project Management | Security

Where’s My Data?

By: Betty Plummer, Software Developer Pharmacy software generates a lot of data.  It needs to be saved (or persisted) for reference or reporting.  The gold standard for the past few decades has been to use a relational database, where data is pulled apart and stored in tables as related bits that can be put back... Read more

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Tags: Carousel | Efficiency | Pharmacy Automation | ProductivityAutomation | Awareness | Error Reduction | SafetySoftware Design | Software Development | Testing | ValidationData Center | Project Management | SecurityOracle | Software Design | Software Development | SQL Server

What will your technology legacy be?

By: Nancy Panos, Application Consultant You are about to spend hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions on a new technology for your pharmacy operation.  You did all the work to get the project signoff, got the funding and you’re eager to have the installation done, because the business benefits are going to be AMAZING.  But... Read more

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Tags: Carousel | Efficiency | Pharmacy Automation | ProductivityAutomation | Awareness | Error Reduction | SafetySoftware Design | Software Development | Testing | ValidationData Center | Project Management | SecurityOracle | Software Design | Software Development | SQL ServerChange Management | Efficiency | Implementation | Pharmacy Operations | Project Management

New NAPRA Compounding Standards

By: Irene Wasilewski, Application Consultant What is NAPRA? The National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) is a voluntary association of Canadian provincial and territorial pharmacy regulatory bodies as well as the Canadian Forces Pharmacy Services.  NAPRA members regulate the practice of pharmacy and operation of pharmacies in their respective jurisdictions in Canada. Their primary... Read more

Categories: Announcements | Blog | Regulatory
Tags: Carousel | Efficiency | Pharmacy Automation | ProductivityAutomation | Awareness | Error Reduction | SafetySoftware Design | Software Development | Testing | ValidationData Center | Project Management | SecurityOracle | Software Design | Software Development | SQL ServerChange Management | Efficiency | Implementation | Pharmacy Operations | Project ManagementCompliance | IV compounding | Model Standards | Policies and Procedures

Why should pharmacies develop work standards for pharmacy technicians? What is a work standard?

By: Erica Ellis, Application Consultant As an Industrial Engineer, I have a unique perspective on how work is done in a pharmacy.  Whether it is inpatient, outpatient, long-term care, mail order, etc. each pharmacy has specific processes that must be completed by both pharmacists and technicians in order to deliver medications to its patients. Many... Read more

Categories: Announcements | Blog | Efficiency | People
Tags: Carousel | Efficiency | Pharmacy Automation | ProductivityAutomation | Awareness | Error Reduction | SafetySoftware Design | Software Development | Testing | ValidationData Center | Project Management | SecurityOracle | Software Design | Software Development | SQL ServerChange Management | Efficiency | Implementation | Pharmacy Operations | Project ManagementCompliance | IV compounding | Model Standards | Policies and ProceduresEfficiency | Error Reduction | Standardized Process

The Next Data Breach: Don’t Become a Victim

By: Michael Grzesik, Infrastructure Security Specialist It’s back to business as usual for the hacked hospitals that were highlighted in my last post.  Undoubtedly, they have learned a big lesson from the events just weeks ago.  January, February and March were busy months for healthcare data breaches.  Here’s an update: Read more

Categories: Announcements | Blog | Security
Tags: Carousel | Efficiency | Pharmacy Automation | ProductivityAutomation | Awareness | Error Reduction | SafetySoftware Design | Software Development | Testing | ValidationData Center | Project Management | SecurityOracle | Software Design | Software Development | SQL ServerChange Management | Efficiency | Implementation | Pharmacy Operations | Project ManagementCompliance | IV compounding | Model Standards | Policies and ProceduresEfficiency | Error Reduction | Standardized ProcessCybersecurity | HIPPA | Ransomware | Security

“To Prefill or Not to Prefill, That Is the Question”

By Jason Spencer, Implementation Specialist Before joining ARxIUM, I spent a fair amount of time in the underbelly of the long term care world. Fifteen years to be exact. Fifteen years of learning the ins and outs of the old FDS: from navigating the flow of batches, troubleshooting the heat rollers while burning fingers and... Read more

Categories: Announcements | Blog | Efficiency | People
Tags: Carousel | Efficiency | Pharmacy Automation | ProductivityAutomation | Awareness | Error Reduction | SafetySoftware Design | Software Development | Testing | ValidationData Center | Project Management | SecurityOracle | Software Design | Software Development | SQL ServerChange Management | Efficiency | Implementation | Pharmacy Operations | Project ManagementCompliance | IV compounding | Model Standards | Policies and ProceduresEfficiency | Error Reduction | Standardized ProcessCybersecurity | HIPPA | Ransomware | SecurityCanister Filling | Efficiency | Process | Reducing Down Time
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