Monthly Archives: November 2010

Who’s to blame for the lack of advancement in pharmacy automation and technology?

Without question there is a lack of advanced automation and technology in the acute care pharmacy setting. Spend some time in several acute care pharmacies if you don’t believe me. There’s clearly a need for it, but it’s just not being used. I am a fan of automation and technology in any setting, but especially […]

New device for delivering volatile anesthetics to patients in the ICU

medGadget: “Volatile anesthetics like isofluorane or sevofluorane, usually used in the operating room, have a much quicker wake-up time, but the size and cost of an anesthesia machine make them impractical for use in the ICU. Sedana Medical (Uppsala, Sweden) seems to have overcome this limitation with the introduction of the AnaConDa (Anesthetic Conserving Device). […]

CPOE failure modes and effects analysis brings up some good questions

A Failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA) is basically a methodology for predicting potential pitfalls in a project and preemptively finding solutions. This is in contrast to a root cause analysis (RCA) in which case you figure out what went wrong after the fact. Kind of like asking “what could make a plane crash and […]

Most read blog posts from last week (44)

Here’s a list of the most read blog posts on this site from the past week Best iPhone / iPod Touch Applications for Pharmacists Thoughts on the #PPMI Twitterchat Automated unit-dose packagers for acute care pharmacy Cool Technology for Pharmacy (June 18,2009 – Alaris Smartpumps) What’s the best mobile operating system for pharmacy? Cool Technology […]

Pharmacy is missing social interaction, face time and comradery

Being a pharmacist is my first career, but one of many jobs over my lifetime. I was a little late to the party as I spent some time doing other things before jetting off to pharmacy school. One of the things I enjoyed about pharmacy school was the comradery that quickly developed between the students. […]

“What’d I miss?” – Week of October 31, 2010

As usual there were a lot of things that happened during the week, and not all of it was pharmacy or technology related. Here’s a quick look at some of the stuff I found interesting.

What’s the best mobile operating sytem for pharmacy?

Mobile computing platforms have become somthing of a hot topic lately, especially in healthcare. What used to be something used almost exclusively by business people and gadget geeks is now mainstream among the average consumer. And to that end, mobile technology is starting to creep into the healthcare industry in large part due to the […]

Thoughts on the #PPMI Twitterchat

ASHP and the ASHP Foundation have undertaken an initiative to change the way pharmacists practice pharmacy. And that initiative is called The Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative (PPMI); go figure. It’s quite an aggressive goal and one that I hope results in some great ideas on how to get pharmacists to the bedside where they have […]

Top blog posts from last week (43)

Here’s a list of the most read blog posts from the past week Cool Technology for Pharmacy (June 18,2009 – Alaris Smartpumps) Best iPhone / iPod Touch Applications for Pharmacists Automated unit-dose packagers for acute care pharmacy Barcodes on patient wristbands Moving storage around in the “cloud” Using technology to advance pharmacy practice through education […]