“What’d I miss?” -Week of May 18th

As usual there were a lot of things happening this week in healthcare, and not all of it was technology related. Here’s a quick look at some of the stuff I browsed this week.

Todd Eury of Pharmacy Technology Resources hosted the PTR BLOGTALK RADIO SHOW, which focused on Pharmacy Remote Dispensing. This time around the episode was titled “How will Remote Dispensing Revolutionize the Pharmacy Industry?” and included an interview with Talyst CEO, Carla Corkern. As most of you are aware, I am very familiar with many Talyst products. However, my specialty is acute care and I learned quite a bit about “the other” types of pharmacy automation from the podcast. Do yourself a favor and heck it out next time.

John over at EMR (EHR) and HIPAA posted an EHR Stimulus poll he took last week. His take on the results….”What’s surprising to me from the results so far is that such a large percentage of people are either waiting to hear about the EHR stimulus money or are planning on the EHR stimulus money. This poll is a little bit biased since so many of the people visiting EMR and HIPAA these days are coming here to learn about the EHR stimulus money.” A table with the results is available here.

From Reuters.com: “What’s in a cough? 20000 viruses. As many as 20,000 viruses are expelled in an average cough, which may be sufficient to infect many people — particularly those who are not vaccinated.” –Ah c’mon, I didn’t really need to know that.

Rob at crabapples.net posted an intersting piece on Another Stange App Store Rejection. What did he have to say about the issue…”If Apple has issue with certain search terms they should provide API’s that applications MUST use prior to submitting those search terms to web services, so Apple can let the developer know the term is inappropriate and cannot be submitted. At a bare minimum they need to provide developers with a list of terms they’re not allowed to search for, and make their own software abide by the list.I agree.

I stumbled upon a blog called The Angry Pharmacist this week. The blog was intriguing and a little entertaining, but not for the faint of heart. I spent a few months working retail (not to be confused with community or independent) pharmacy and will probably never go back. I didn’t enjoy the money driven environment with little or no time for patient care. One thing is for certain, he is truly an angry (and bitter) pharmacist.

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