Monthly Archives: August 2012

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Tic Tac dispenser as alternative prescription bottle

All the companies that have spent millions developing a “better way” to dispense medications (tablets) should watch the video below. The company that makes Tic Tacs has you all beat. And just a guess here, but I bet that little plastic Tic Tac dispenser doesn’t cost tens of thousands of dollars. Someone needs to develop […]

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Cerner “smart room” tour

“…a tour of the All-Digital Smart Room and discusses components including Cerners Room Wizard, Clinical Dashboard, myStation, medical device integration and RxStation.” The video references Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk. “Medications tab” ~5:33. Home meds, current meds, and discharge meds presented with option to view drug information. “Medical device integration” ~8:45 to feed info into […]

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Next generation smart hospital

The video below is from 2009 shows some pretty cool uses for RFID (smart card). Things I found interesting: Geotagging your parking location [~0:30]. You ever forget where you park? Happens to me all the time when I travel. Some of the software shown in the video [~2:00 min] was developed by Microsoft, including simple […]

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RFID-based solution for med trays

This is pretty cool use of RFID technology. The concept isn’t new to me, but it is the first time I’ve seen it in practice. The ability to track lot and expiration in real-time is a great advantage when compared to barcoding. RFID Journal: “The pharmacy department of the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), […]

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4 technologies every hospital pharmacy should be using right now

There are lots of useful technologies out there for pharmacies, but I see precious few being put to good use. Why? Oh, who the heck knows. It’s a mystery to me. People whine all the time about how bad pharmacy operations are, but they never do anything to fix it. Human nature I suppose. If […]

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Remington: The Science and Practice of Pharmacy, new edition coming in September

Remington’s is an interesting pharmacy reference. It’s on my list of must-have reference books because it has always had a bit of information that you can’t find elsewhere. This is especially true in older editions which contained great information on extemporaneous compounding and manufacturing. I used to collect old Remington’s. Hey, everyone needs a hobby. […]

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Greater adherence to diabetes drugs linked to less hospital use, could save billions [article]

Medication adherence/compliance is an important issue for all patients with chronic disease, but some are potentially worth more in healthcare dollars than others. Disease states like diabetes, heart failure, asthma and HIV/AIDS, among others rely heavily on proper medication use to prevent frequent visits to urgent care centers, or in worst case scenarios hospital admissions. […]

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Saturday morning coffee [August 18 2012]

So much happens each and every week that it’s hard to keep up sometimes. Here are some of the tabs that are open in my browser this morning along with some random thoughts…. The coffee mug to the right is my trophy for winning the 2010 ASHP Midyear Twitter contest. It was the second year […]

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Infographic for future of RFID

Found this little jewel over at the ThinkMagic website. According to the commentary: “There is no doubt that over the next decade, RFID systems will become an integral part of the consumer and business experience. The convergence of wireless technologies will be augmented by RFID systems. The development of passive RFID as part of this […]

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New hydrogel research gives new meaning to “sustained released” medication

Medical Xpress: “Researchers from the University of Cambridge have developed injectable, reformable and spreadable hydrogels which can be loaded with proteins or other therapeutics. The hydrogels contain up to 99.7% water by weight, with the remainder primarily made up of cellulose polymers held together with cucurbiturils – barrel-shaped molecules which act as miniature ‘handcuffs’….  The […]

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