Monthly Archives: February 2011

Top posts for week ending February 27, 2011

Below is a list of the most read blog posts over the last week based on number of hits: Cool Technology for Pharmacy (Alaris Smartpump June 18, 2009) Automated unit-dose packagers for acute care pharmacy Best iPhone / iPod Touch Applications for Pharmacists First Impressions – Lenovo T410s Laptop Hey, don’t forget about the technology […]

HIMSS11 Interoperability Showcase – Omnicell video

Omnicell is pushing interoperability with pharmacy information systems. Interesting stuff. Check out the demonstration video below. I love the “vending machine” style dispensing idea. It’s something I’ve been waiting to see for a few years now.

Disinfect your tablet PC without the chemical mess

Check out the video below from HIMSS 2011 demonstrating a product by Advanced Technical Support, Inc (ATS) called ReadyDock:UV. It’s really quite neat. ATS makes a host of ReadyDock products for the entire range of Motion tablet PCs including the LE, C5, F5 and J3400. According to the company website: “ReadyDock:UV – Chemical-Free disinfection for the […]

BCMA Technology: Characterization of Med Triggers and Workarounds (Article)

There’s an interesting article in the February 2011 issue of The Annals of Pharmacotherapy dealing with BCMA and what the author describes as “clinical workarounds”.1 Abstract BACKGROUND: Bar code medication administration (BCMA) technology is gaining acceptance for its ability to prevent medication administration errors. However, studies suggest that improper use of BCMA technology can yield […]

Hey, don’t forget about the technology in the central pharmacy

The February 1, 2011 issue of the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy (AJHP) has an interesting article on page 202 in a section called Management Consultation. The article is titled “Redesigning the workflow of central pharmacy operations”1. I’d like to have everyone read this article, but unfortunately access requires a ASHP membership or an AHJP […]

Why not a computerized pharmacist?

So IBW’s Watson recently competed and won ‘Jeopardy!”. Well, ‘Jeopardy!’ is a lot harder than verifying many medication orders routinely seen by pharmacists in the acute care setting. According to a recent article at Network World: “Watson’s ability to analyze the meaning and context of human language, and quickly process information to find precise answers, can […]

Pharma certainly understands the need for mobile apps

mobihealthnews: “According to a recent report from Ernst & Young, pharmaceutical companies led by Merck and Novartis have increased their investments in mobile phone apps and educational websites by 78 percent. The apps and sites generally aim to encourage patients to take their medications, eat well and exercise more often, according to the report. “ […]

Medscape Mobile available for Android

Opened my spam folder today and found an email announcing the availability of Medscape for Android. While it’s not my favorite drug information resource, it’s decent and it’s free. The application can be downloaded here. Medscape Mobile is also available for the iPhone, iPad and BlackBerry, just in case you don’t have an Android device.

Death of intellectual curiosity, due diligence and our profession

Over the weekend I read a tweet from a friend and colleague @kevinclauson. The tweet shared a link to an article titled “Young Adults’ Credibility Assessment of Wikipedia”. I don’t have a problem with the article. On the contrary, it just reinforces my dislike of Wikipedia as a healthcare reference source. From the abstract: “This paper […]

Practice Fusion EHR gets allergy alerts

I am a fan of web-based healthcare applications, including EHRs. I especially like the web-based EHR available from Practice Fusion. The application is full featured, easy to use and free. I spent a little time playing with it back in June 2010. One of the things I noted during my review was that “there appears […]