I finally had an opportunity to roam around the exhibit hall at the ASHP Midyear today. Of course I had to sacrifice a session to attend, but it was worth it. If you’ve never been in the exhibit hall at one of these events you owe it to yourself to check it out.
Most of the displays are completely worthless, but I did have a couple of goals in mind as I entered the hall.
I’ve heard quite a bit about MedBoard since my arrival at the ASHP Midyear. We spent a few minutes in the Talyst User Group talking about it, I spent some time talking to a group from Pharmacy OneSource about it, and it was the hot topic of discussion at the Pharmacy Automation Operations Networking Session today.
I’ve previously listed MedBoard as one of my Cool Technology for Pharmacy, but based on the current status of the product I don’t think it is right for our facility. The process could be of value in certain circumstances, but requires the introduction of manually scanning barcodes on the medication for tracking. It might be worth another looks when a more passive tracking approach becomes available, i.e. RFID.
Drug Information for the Droid
Some drug information software vendors, PEPID, ePocrates and Micromedex, said I could access their information via the Droids internet browser. No thanks. Lexi-Comp currently has drug information software for the Android OS, but not specifically for the Droid. They did tell me that the Droid version is four to six weeks away.
Our hospital has owned a product called Stellara for a few years now, but haven’t done anything with it. TheraDoc inherited Stellara accounts less than a year ago and I have been asked by our pharmacy department to get the application up and running. TheraDocs can provide pharmacy users with real-time access to patient information for the pharmacy system as well as lab and ADT. In addition, rules can be designed to alert pharmacists of patients with certain high risk medication situations, allergies, inappropriate antibiotic therapy, high or low lab values, etc. It basically boils down to a clinical workflow engine designed for pharmacists.
Pharmacy OneSource offers an equivalent system called Sentri7, which I have also blogged about. Our pharmacy is currently evaluating another Pharmacy OneSource product, Simplifi 797, and I would like to stick with a single vendor. Decisions will be based on many important factors, <cough> cost <cough> .
Alternative barcode solution
Barcoding certain dosage forms can be a headache and several of my technicians have tasked me with finding them an “easy and straightforward” solution.
Two companies that piqued my interest were Pearsonmedical and Epson. Pearsonmedical offers a very nice flag label and easy to use software called m:print. The software utilizes the NDDF formulary from First Data Bank to access drug information based on the product being used. Epson is the first company I’ve seen to date offering barcode labels with color ink. Their SecurColor On-Demand Color InkJet Printer is pretty slick. I was skeptical, but the labels look good and don’t smear.
All in all it turned out to be a successful jaunt around the exhibit hall.