Automated compounding enhances safety and regulatory compliance

By Niels Erik Hansen, Ph.D. In January, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a report about hospitals’ use of standalone compounding pharmacies to produce compounded sterile preparations (CSPs). The study was spurred by concerns about the quality of CSPs following the 2012 meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated... Read more

Categories: Automation | Blog | Regulatory | Safety
Tags: Drug Quality and Security Act | Manual Compounding | RIVA | Safety | Sterile Compounding

Cognitive Ergonomics and Safety-Critical Systems

By Mitch Valdmanis, M.Eng. Recently an excerpt from the book “The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age” by Robert Wachter was published online: “The Overdose: How Medical Tech Gave a Patient a 39-Fold Overdose“. Though the headline is sensationalized – a more appropriate title would be “How Medical... Read more

Categories: Blog | Safety | Software
Tags: Drug Quality and Security Act | Manual Compounding | RIVA | Safety | Sterile CompoundingError Reduction | Pharmacy Automation | Safety | Software Development

Frost & Sullivan Award to Codonics

Intelligent Hospitals Systems, an authorized re-seller of the Codonics Safe Label System in the USA, would like to congratulate Codonics on being honored with the 2014 North America Frost & Sullivan Award.  By using Intelligent Hospitals Systems’ RIVA to compound anesthesia medications in ready-to-administer syringes and the Codonics Safe Label System to generate color-coded compound-specific labels, customers of... Read more

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Tags: Drug Quality and Security Act | Manual Compounding | RIVA | Safety | Sterile CompoundingError Reduction | Pharmacy Automation | Safety | Software DevelopmentAnesthesia | Codonics | Efficiency | Safety

What are your goals, Standard of Care or ROI?

By Alex Reinhardt, P. Eng. I’ve had some recent discussions with potential customers that raised an interesting question:  What is most important to your organization, making a high percentage of doses with IV automation, or, saving money?  These are vastly different but both equally legitimate.  Let’s look at each in a bit more detail. Read more

Categories: Blog | Productivity | ROI | Safety
Tags: Drug Quality and Security Act | Manual Compounding | RIVA | Safety | Sterile CompoundingError Reduction | Pharmacy Automation | Safety | Software DevelopmentAnesthesia | Codonics | Efficiency | SafetyAutomation | Efficiency | Error Reduction | RIVA | Safety | Standard of Care

Best in KLAS Fully Automated IV Compounding system produced 1 MILLION patient doses in 12 months!

For the second consecutive year, RIVA, the fully automated IV compounding system developed by Intelligent Hospital Systems (IH Systems), has been recognized as category leader in “Pharmacy automation: IV robots” by independent healthcare research firm KLAS. The top ranking was announced in its recent “2014 Best in KLAS: Medical Equipment & Infrastructure” report. RIVA’s overall... Read more

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Tags: Drug Quality and Security Act | Manual Compounding | RIVA | Safety | Sterile CompoundingError Reduction | Pharmacy Automation | Safety | Software DevelopmentAnesthesia | Codonics | Efficiency | SafetyAutomation | Efficiency | Error Reduction | RIVA | Safety | Standard of CareKLAS | Pharmacy Automation | RIVA | Safety

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

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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

Categories: Automation | Blog | Efficiency
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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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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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