Monthly Archives: May 2012

Observational time-motion study comparing trational med administration to BCMA in an ICU [Article]

The article below compares medication administration between paper-based medication administration (PBMA), i.e. the traditional method and bar-code medication administration (BCMA). Unfortunately, as is the case with much of the literature in journals these days, the information is quite old. The data for this observational study was collected in two short spans in 2008 and 2009. […]

Clearinghouse for pharmacy automation and technology ideas

My post from last week along with a conversation I had with my brother got me thinking about all the good pharmacy ideas that never see the light of day. I know there are some great ideas out there because I’ve been fortunate enough to see many of them in my travels. My job gives me the opportunity […]

Should healthcare systems offer incentives to improve med adherence?

I saw the article below over the weekend and wasn’t sure how I felt about it. On one hand it’s a good thing for people to adhere to their medication regimens. Medication adherence ultimately leads to lower overall healthcare costs secondary to fewer hospital admissions, fewer lost days to chronic disease “flare-ups”, fewer re-treatments or […]

Cool Pharmacy Tech – Real time volume detection in syringes

I received the Tweet below last night from Denis Lebel. The link took me to a YouTube video that demonstrates the use of a camera and software to determine the volume inside a syringe. It’s really cool. I had an idea like this about 6-8 months ago. I talked it over with a colleague and […]

Pharmacy needs a new method for sharing non-clinical information

Last week I found myself in Florida for work. I had a little extra time on my hands so I stopped by NOVA Southeastern University to visit with a friend and colleague, Kevin Clausen (@kevinclausen). Kevin is not only a pharmacist, but professor and researcher at the Center for Consumer Health Informatics Research at NOVA […]

UpToDate now available for #Android

The Palmdoc Chronicles: Android users rejoice. If you are an UpToDate subscriber, you now can download the new UpToDate Android app. Description Find clinical answers at the point of care or anywhere you need them! Now you can access current, synthesized clinical information from UpToDate® — including evidence-based recommendations — quickly and easily on your AndroidTM […]

Evernote update for Android is awesome

I received an update for Evernote today on my Galaxy Nexus. And let me just say that it’s awesome. I use Evernote all the time. It’s one of the few services I pay for because it’s the best method I’ve found for collecting notes; all kids of notes. I use it to clip web pages […]

Ideas, Vision, Innovation: Fantasy vs. Reality

Simply put, I think you need an idea and a vision to be innovative. Sounds simple enough. I’ve read that good ideas are hard to come by, vision even harder and innovation rare. I don’t buy it. I believe innovation is difficult, but probably not for the reasons you might expect. On the other hand […]

News flash, not all docs happy with iPad in the hospital setting

Palmdoc Chronicles: “It looks as if most doctors and nurses would rather not touch the iPad at work (or deal with any other kind of tablet computing). They certainly won’t be making it their go-to device. “We had some instances where physicians wanted iPads – thought they wanted them – borrowed them, used them for […]

Pharmacy student adherence to a simulated medication regimen

A Tweet from Anthony Cox (@drarcox) led me to this article in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. In this study, 72 second-year pharmacy students were given “medications” (Starburst JellyBeans) to take with varying administration schedules. The table below shows the results of the little experiment, and it speaks volumes. Not surprisingly a “once daily” regimen was […]