Monthly Archives: October 2009

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Twitter vs. RSS Reader … who cares.

I’ve been following an interesting debate about the benefits of Twitter versus RSS readers like Google Reader. The debate started with a question posed by Robert Scoble on friendfeed and spilled over into several blogs; siliconANGLE, louisgray.com, Scobleizer and Newsome.Org. I love reading stuff like this because you can see the passion that everyone has […]

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“What’d I miss?” – Week of October 25th

As usual there were a lot of things that happened during the week, and not all of it was pharmacy or technology related. Here’s a quick look at some of the stuff I found interesting.

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The HTC Imagio is a pretty nice smartphone

I stopped by my local Verizon Wireless store to check out some of their new phones, specifically the BlackBerry Storm2 and the HTC Imagio. The Storm2 is definitely nicer than the original Storm, but the Imagio was more impressive. The HTC Imagio is an aesthetically pleasing device, created in the image of the iPhone. The […]

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Cool Technology for Pharmacy

The MedBoard Medication Tracking System (MTS) from Baxa is a web-based medication system designed to help you track the flow of medications from entry in the pharmacy system to delivery on the nursing unit. The MTS can be integrated into you pharmacy workflow as part of your existing bar coding system.

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Why my Firefox browser is more advanced than our hospital’s HIS

Each day I roll into work ready for another exciting day of pharmacy technology. I’m usually bright-eyed and ready for a new challenge because I’ve spent the previous night scouring the web and reading about all the incredible technology being put into place all over the world; tablet pcs, electronic paper and ink, advanced nanoparticles, […]

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Sugar-Coated nanoparticles hold promise for cancer treatment

A research team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in cooperation with researchers at The Johns Hopkins University, Dartmouth College, the University of Manitoba and two biopharmaceutical companies have discovered that sugar-coated bits of iron oxide under certain circumstances can be deadly to tumors. The 100 nanometer wide sugar-coated iron oxide nanoparticles are […]

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Pharmacy students may be a little too transparent with their social media

A study in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (Vol: 73, Issue 06, Article: 104) took a look at issues related to Facebook usage, accountability, privacy, online image and e-professionalism among students entering pharmacy school The study was conducted via a questionnaire consisting of 21 questions administered to 299 incoming pharmacy students. Of the 299 […]

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Thinking about Clinical Decision Support (CDS)

I attended at webinar today on “Achieving Meaningful Use – The Importance of Clinical Decision Support”. Overall the information was pretty good. It wasn’t exactly new information, but it never hurts to hear something again. The webinar got me thinking about Clinical Decision Support (CDS).

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Non-traditional roles for pharmacists

The increased chatter surrounding healthcare has piqued my interests in job opportunities for pharmacists outside the traditional roles, i.e. retail, hospital, IT, long-term care, etc. Physicians have been filling many of these roles for quite some time. For more information on physicians in non-traditional roles I recommend visiting Non-Clinical Medical Jobs, Careers, and Opportunities by […]

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For those that need a reason to support CPOE and EMR implementation

Pharmacists see hand written orders like the one below almost daily. The order has to be interpreted by a pharmacist, usually with a little hand waving and guessing (kind of like being a pharmacy Jedi), and entered on the patient’s medication profile before the nurse can access the medication from the automated dispensing cabinet and […]

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