Improving Medication Safety Helps Control Costs

By Niels Erik Hansen, PhD If ongoing news reports of pharmacy product contaminations, recalls and patient injuries aren’t enough to prompt reforms to reduce errors in the compounding of IV medications, a study published late last year — which shows the significant cost burden hospitals bear from IV medication errors — should be. The report,... Read more

Categories: Automation | Blog | Efficiency | ROI | Safety
Tags: Automation | Contamination | Efficiency | Error | IV compounding | Manual Compounding | Pharmacy Automation | Safety | UV

Putting the “R” in RIVA

By Cornel Van Egmond MSEE, C.I.M. Although RIVA is made up of many different parts that act in harmony with one another, the robot at the center of RIVA always garners the most attention.  Whether you have seen RIVA for the first time or the 100th time, there is something fascinating about watching the robot... Read more

Categories: Automation | Blog | Engineering
Tags: Automation | Contamination | Efficiency | Error | IV compounding | Manual Compounding | Pharmacy Automation | Safety | UVRIVA | Robot

What are the Best Drugs to Automate?

By Alex Reinhardt, P. Eng.   Inevitably, a discussion about what drugs to run with IV preparation automation will come up when a company is considering systems such as RIVA. There is no one right answer to this; it all depends on what the organization’s goals are. A couple of examples might best illustrate this.   Read more

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Tags: Automation | Contamination | Efficiency | Error | IV compounding | Manual Compounding | Pharmacy Automation | Safety | UVRIVA | RobotAutomation | Efficiency | In-house | IV compounding | Oursourcing | Pediatric | RIVA | Safety | Savings

Pharmacy IV automation a mature, proven technology

By Niels Erik Hansen, Ph.D. As automation technologies enhance a growing number of hospital services – including imaging, surgery, radiotherapy and rehabilitation, among others – the hospital pharmacy remains largely un-automated. Despite its central role in patient care, technicians in most hospital pharmacies still compound medications manually, in much the same way it’s been done... Read more

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Tags: Automation | Contamination | Efficiency | Error | IV compounding | Manual Compounding | Pharmacy Automation | Safety | UVRIVA | RobotAutomation | Efficiency | In-house | IV compounding | Oursourcing | Pediatric | RIVA | Safety | SavingsAutomation | IV compounding | Manual Compounding | Pharmacy Automation | RIVA

Considerations for Design and Management of Critical Software Code

By Jonathan Bagot B.C.Sc. No matter what type of software you’re developing, chances are that you will be asked to make some changes over the software development life-cycle. Change can be problematic when you are dealing with critical code that requires extensive Verification &Validation.  You need to be confident that any change has not affected... Read more

Categories: Blog | Software
Tags: Automation | Contamination | Efficiency | Error | IV compounding | Manual Compounding | Pharmacy Automation | Safety | UVRIVA | RobotAutomation | Efficiency | In-house | IV compounding | Oursourcing | Pediatric | RIVA | Safety | SavingsAutomation | IV compounding | Manual Compounding | Pharmacy Automation | RIVACritical Code | Medical Device | Mission Critical | Redundancy | Software Design | Software Development | Validation | Verification | Version Control

Sanitizing Aseptic Compounding Consumables

Craig A. Boyce , RPh All consumables entering into an ISO-7 buffer zone must be sanitized by saturating the object with sterile isopropyl alcohol (sIPA) and wiping, leaving an adequate residual amount of sIPA so that the object remains wet for at least 30 seconds to kill viable organisms.   Upon introduction into the ISO-5 zone,... Read more

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Things Learned: The Annual RIVA User Group Meeting

Story by Lexie Stovel Last week, IHS held its annual User Group Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The forum’s goal was to give RIVA users a place to discuss their experiences, and hear from IHS on the latest news and developments for the automation. This year, the meeting was given an overall theme, that of “RIVA... Read more

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Pharmacy Automation – Is it Rocket Science?

By Cornel Van Egmond MSEE, C.I.M. (Source: NASA) Implementing automation in the pharmacy can be a daunting task.  There are many different options available and it can be difficult to determine the right choice for your pharmacy.  In the end, automation should make your pharmacy more efficient and safer for your patients. Read more

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Meeting the 24/7/365 Pharmacy Services Challenge

by Craig A. Boyce , RPh This recent post “Seven day working for pharmacy“ highlights the growing trend that we need to provide 24/7 comprehensive pharmacy services.  While we can all agree in theory, the real question is how do we provide seamless services with the reality of today’s constrained budgets and staff resources? Read more

Categories: Blog | Efficiency
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IHS Blog is going live!

We at IHS are thrilled to welcome you to our blog! Our hope for this blog is for you, the reader, to enjoy learning about the fascinating world of pharmacy automation and share your thoughts with others. IHS is excited to expand its presence in the on-line discussion of current advances and best practices of... Read more

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