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

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Tags: Efficiency | Machine Care | Pharmacy AutomationCarousel | Efficiency | Pharmacy Automation | Productivity

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

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Tags: Efficiency | Machine Care | Pharmacy AutomationCarousel | Efficiency | Pharmacy Automation | ProductivitySoftware Design | Software Development | Testing | Validation

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: Efficiency | Machine Care | Pharmacy AutomationCarousel | Efficiency | Pharmacy Automation | ProductivitySoftware Design | Software Development | Testing | ValidationChange Management | Efficiency | Implementation | Pharmacy Operations | Project Management

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

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Tags: Efficiency | Machine Care | Pharmacy AutomationCarousel | Efficiency | Pharmacy Automation | ProductivitySoftware Design | Software Development | Testing | ValidationChange Management | Efficiency | Implementation | Pharmacy Operations | Project ManagementEfficiency | Error Reduction | Standardized Process

“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

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Tags: Efficiency | Machine Care | Pharmacy AutomationCarousel | Efficiency | Pharmacy Automation | ProductivitySoftware Design | Software Development | Testing | ValidationChange Management | Efficiency | Implementation | Pharmacy Operations | Project ManagementEfficiency | Error Reduction | Standardized ProcessCanister Filling | Efficiency | Process | Reducing Down Time

How to manage an interface development project

By: Thomas Brizzi, Project Manager If your pharmacy uses automation to fill prescriptions, you most likely have two separate software systems running in your pharmacy.  All pharmacies have their primary software system (commonly called a pharmacy information system, or host system) that stores prescription information, files insurance claims and retains historical data of the prescriptions... Read more

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Tags: Efficiency | Machine Care | Pharmacy AutomationCarousel | Efficiency | Pharmacy Automation | ProductivitySoftware Design | Software Development | Testing | ValidationChange Management | Efficiency | Implementation | Pharmacy Operations | Project ManagementEfficiency | Error Reduction | Standardized ProcessCanister Filling | Efficiency | Process | Reducing Down TimeEfficiency | Error Reduction | Implementation | Interface Development | Project Management

Put the Cheese in the Refrigerator

Or, reducing patient harm by eliminating the sources of error. By: Mitch Valdmanis, Senior System Designer I just read an article in the latest issue Healthcare Executive magazine by Dr. Erin S. DuPree from the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare. In the article, titled “High Reliability: The Path to Zero Harm“, Dr. DuPree discusses... Read more

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Tags: Efficiency | Machine Care | Pharmacy AutomationCarousel | Efficiency | Pharmacy Automation | ProductivitySoftware Design | Software Development | Testing | ValidationChange Management | Efficiency | Implementation | Pharmacy Operations | Project ManagementEfficiency | Error Reduction | Standardized ProcessCanister Filling | Efficiency | Process | Reducing Down TimeEfficiency | Error Reduction | Implementation | Interface Development | Project ManagementEfficiency | Error Reduction | Safety

Pharmacists Should Care About Inventory Management

By: Beth Richter, Pharmacist Consultant In a health system, pharmacists are primarily focused on drug therapy decisions. Many hospitals have decentralized pharmacy staff that are on patient floors working directly with patients and other health care providers. While in the central pharmacy, pharmacists are busy deciphering and verifying physician orders, compounding medications and of course... Read more

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Tags: Efficiency | Machine Care | Pharmacy AutomationCarousel | Efficiency | Pharmacy Automation | ProductivitySoftware Design | Software Development | Testing | ValidationChange Management | Efficiency | Implementation | Pharmacy Operations | Project ManagementEfficiency | Error Reduction | Standardized ProcessCanister Filling | Efficiency | Process | Reducing Down TimeEfficiency | Error Reduction | Implementation | Interface Development | Project ManagementEfficiency | Error Reduction | SafetyAutomation | Efficiency | Inventory Management | Pharmacy Automation

Getting Control of the Pharmacy Inventory

By Betty Plummer, Software Developer What is the current value of your pharmacy’s inventory? While there may be a single numeric answer (kudos if you can come up with it), the more realistic reply is “it depends…” Read more

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