Cool Technology for Pharmacy

Entering and making pediatric drips for pharmacists working in an adult hospital can be a real sphincter tightener. Pharmacists that aren’t accustomed to working with pediatric patients feel a little bit uneasy when an order shows up for a customized dopamine, dobutamine, etc. I remember working in a pediatric facility where we did this kind of thing all the time and no one gave it a second thought. We used a combination of two standardized concentrations, hi and low, for each commonly ordered drip. For code blue situations we often used the “Rule of 6’s”, which is now discouraged by the Joint Commission.

To combat the dangers associated with creating pediatric drips from scratch, Pharmacy OneSource has created a product called Accupedia.

“Accupedia solves challenges of integrating standardized concentrations while adding additional safeguards to protect your patients. One-button optimization of complicated drip order sets minimizes fluids and maximizes dose based on preset algorithms developed by the University of Maryland. A comprehensive, clear order sheet is produced for each drip – including patient specific titration charts.
• Improves medication safety in PICU/NICU
• Eliminates incomplete, erroneous and illegible orders
• Facilitates speedier, yet well-informed ordering decisions
• Integrates standardized concentrations into order workflow
• Optimizes drip orders for fluid load
• Facilitates compliance with Joint Commission recommendations
• Eliminates need for the “rule of six”
• Simplifies historical auditing of concentration changes
• Simplifies nursing job of titrating drips
• More information at the time of prescribing: overall fluid status, standardized drip concentration list and safety-driven decision support… all on one screen.
• Fast and easy to use and to learn
• Fully customizable
• ADT patient interface
• Patent pending technology developed at the University of Maryland
• Drip orders driven by customizable “encyclopedia” of standardized concentrations
• Customizable, pre-set concentration sets by drug, diluent and service area
• Speedy, yet accurate, drip order set creation
• Real time feedback of fluid load as order set is created
• Easy to read, ready-to-print order form produced
• Automatic generation of titration list for each drip
• Double-sign off on concentration alterations
• Safety-driven decision support around concentrations, fluid and dosing
• Hard and soft stop alerts with optional override settings
• Full audit history of changes and drip orders
• Full service set-up and ongoing support


I’m definitely checking out the Pharmacy OneSource booth, #830, at the ASHP Midyear in Vegas next week.

7 thoughts on “Cool Technology for Pharmacy”

  1. I think it looks like a great product. I just wish the big EHR vendors would get a clue and start buying up all of these smaller “information massaging” companies like Zynx, TheraDoc, and Pharmacy OneSource. They are putting out some great products, but it amounts to just another application someone has to open and review. It would be great to have all of this stuff in one place, minus the interfaces.

  2. Thanks Jerry, we’ll see you in Vegas! Enter to win a Kindle at our booth (if you don’t already have one, or want another..) – Pharmacy OneSource

  3. Jerry, Thanks for the mention! Please contact me anytime if you’d like a personal walk-through. My pharmacy background was in pediatrics, specifically PICU, NICU and Peds Heme/Onc and developing this app was a lot of fun. I point to this application when people as what I do for a living!


  4. Thanks for the offer, Charles. I’ll have to take you up on it sometime. I spent a couple of years working in a PICU/NICU satellite at Children’s Hospital Central California. The experience was tremendous; I learned a lot. You just can’t pick up that information working in an adult facility. Know what I mean?

  5. I agree 100% Chad. I’m sick of interfaces. I’d also like to add that makers of healthcare applications need to develop their applications with web interfacing/access in mind. That way I can use the product regardless of the operating system or device.

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