Lose your iPhone? No worries with Find My iPhone for the iPad

Mark Neuenschwander (@hospitalrx) turned me on to this app: Find My iPhone for the iPad.

The application allows you to locate your iPhone, send an audible and/or text message to your iPhone, remotely lock your iPhone or remotely “Wipe” your iPhone via the comforts of your iPad. Pretty slick.
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Using the big boys to search for consumer health information

I’m sure you’ve heard people say “just Google it”. Not only have I heard the phrase, but I’ve used it myself. But how do search engines like Google and Bing work for health related information? Out of simple curiosity I spent a few minutes with Google and Bing to find out.
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Top blog posts and searches from last week (26)

I always find it interesting to see what brings people to my website and what they decided to read once they get here.

Most read posts over the past 7 days:

  1. An almost disastrous bar-coding mishap – I said almost a disastrous mishap people, almost. Bloodthirsty savages.
  2. Quick Hit – Mobile devices in our pharmacy – This post elicited a couple of interesting comments.
  3. Best iPhone / iPod Touch Applications for Pharmacists
  4. Cool Technology for Pharmacy – This was before I started putting the name of the cool technology in the blog title. This particular post was from June 18, 2009 and covered Alaris Smartpumps.
  5. Cool Technology for Pharmacy – Another post from before I started putting the name of the cool technology in the blog title. This particular post was from September 10, 2009 and covered the capsule machine. I wonder what brought on the interest?
  6. Medscape Mobile for the BlackBerry – Still going strong.
  7. Pediatric labels for bar code medications – I need to update this post. We’ve come along way since then.
  8. We need a better system for medication reconciliation
  9. Cool Technology for Pharmacy – Another post from before I started putting the name of the cool technology in the blog title. This particular post was from August 6, 2009 and talked about ROBOT-Rx from McKesson.
  10. Motion J3500 gets a wicked update – The Motion J3500 is a very nice machine. We use the J3400 in our pharmacy and I like it a lot. The more I use it the better it becomes.

Top searchterm phrases used over the past 7 days:

  1. “cloud computing”
  2. “black cloud” – What do you think people are looking for when they search for “black cloud”?
  3. “ rfid for outpatient medication reconciliation”
  4. xt2
  5. alaris iv pump
  6. mckesson robot rx
  7. www.pharmacyideas.com
  8. alaris pump
  9. alaris
  10. mak and medication administration” – MAK is the branded name for Siemens BCMA system.

Personal vesus professional social media, where’s the line for you?

Earlier this week @ASHPOfficial tweeted “Where should pharmacists draw the line at social networking? Protect your professional reputation and get tips for safety and privacy in the Summer issue of ASHP InterSections.”  The tweet included a link that took me to Facebook where I found another link to an article in ASHP Intersections Summer 2010 about pharmacy and social media; nothing unusual about that. I’ve read the article before and it contains some pretty good information. With that said, I did find it odd that ASHP was pointing pharmacists toward Facebook to retrieve professional information. It got me thinking about Facebook and where the professional line-in-the-sand between professional and personal social media should be drawn for pharmacists.
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Cool Technology for Pharmacy – MedReady

Medication compliance was an issue long before I became a pharmacist, and it will continue to be that way until the end of time. Some patients chose not to take their medication, while others simple can’t remember, and still others may be willing to take their medication but can’t for one reason or another. The impact of medication noncompliance on healthcare is staggering. Depending on the reference used, the cost of medication noncompliance can run into the billions secondary to hospital admissions caused by treatment failure.

The MedReady system is a solution that can effectively help those with bad memories stay compliant. The small, smoke alarm looking device is designed to hold up to 28 separate medication doses with frequencies up to four times a day.
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An almost disastrous bar-coding mishap

At some point in the past few days it was decided that our technicians should re-label all injectable controlled substances with one of our “after market” flag labels. I’m not sure when or how the decision was made, but it was. When questioned about it, the rationale behind the decision was that the nurses were wasting unused medication at the ADCs and not taking the vial to the bedside. And apparently the solution was to use our flag labels because they offer a peel away section that can be taken to the bedside with the drug in a syringe for scanning and administration purposes.
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Motion J3500 gets a wicked upgrade

Earlier today I mentioned the Motion J3400 in reference to the mobile computers we use in pharmacy.  And right on queue Motion Computing announces the release of the Motion J3500, the big brother to the J3400. Several of the key changes include availability of Intel Core i5 and i7 vPro Processors, a dual touch display – optimized for digitizer and touch input, Gorilla Glass, a View Anywhere display and an optional 128GB Solid State Drive. Throw in 7 hours of battery life plus the rough and tumble nature of the J3500 and you’ve got yourself a pretty nice tablet.

There’s a great look at the J3500 over at RuggedPC Review including photos and a video.
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Quick Hit – Mobile devices in our pharmacy

During preparation for a presentation that I’m giving at Innovations 2010 on mobile computing in pharmacy, I realized that we seem to be collecting quite a variety of mobile devices in the pharmacy at Kaweah Delta. Below are some images of the devices currently in use.
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Top blog posts and searches from last week (25)

I always find it interesting to see what brings people to my website and what they decided to read once they get here.

Most read posts over the past 7 days:

  1. Cool Technology for Pharmacy – RxVerify – RxVerify is a neat piece of software that fits a nice little niche.
  2. Cool Technology for Pharmacy – This was before I started putting the name of the cool technology in the blog title. This particular post was from June 18, 2009 and covered Alaris Smartpumps.
  3. Best iPhone / iPod Touch Applications for Pharmacists – As I’ve said before, just throw any Apple product in the post and it’s bound to get some hits.
  4. Cool Technology for Pharmacy – Another post from before I started putting the name of the cool technology in the blog title. This particular post was from September 10, 2009 and covered the capsule machine.
  5. Medscape Mobile for the BlackBerry – Looks like interest in Medscape Mobile for the BlackBerry devices is starting to slip. Still, it’s amazing that this post stays on the list.
  6. Cool Technology for Pharmacy – Practice Fusion EMR – Great piece of software.
  7. Curriculum Vitae
  8. Bar-code musings
  9. Quick update: Pharmacy iPad use – What the heck is an iPad, anyway?
  10. Scanning difficulties with certain barcodes – I received some great feedback on this information

Top searchterm phrases used over the past 7 days:

  1. alaris pump
  2. transparency” – Interesting, I’ve never talked about transparency in healthcare.
  3. jerry fahrni
  4. “black cloud”
  5. “cloud computing cartoon”
  6. fenton capsule
  7. alaris iv pump
  8. bcma and iv interoperability
  9. va hospital with rfid scanner
  10. ipad pharmacy applications