Top posts for week ending March 6, 2011

Below is a list of the most read blog posts over the last week based on number of hits:

  1. Automated unit-dose packagers for acute care pharmacy
    • A look at some of the high-volume unit dose packaging machines on the market today
  2. The evolution of tablets for pharmacy
    • With all the hoopla surrounding tablets today, what impact do I think these devices will have on pharmacy practice? Good question. Read on if you want to know my opinion
  3. Cool Technology for Pharmacy (Alaris Smartpump June 18, 2009)
    • The Alaris System utilizes “smart pumps” combined with software to create limits, called guardrails, on infusion concentrations and rates. I’m surprised that this post continues to land at the top of the list week in and week out.
  4. Quick update: Pharmacy iPad use
    • An older post, April 2010, that no longer applies to much of what’s going on with tablets in healthcare today.
  5. HIMSS Interoperability Showcase – Omnicell video
    • Great stuff. Omnicell is making great strides in healthcare at the moment. You’d be wise to keep an eye on them.
  6. Best iPhone / iPod Touch Applications for Pharmacists
    • As with the iPad post above, this information is dated, but strangely still relevant. The post originally appeared September 2009. One of these days I need to get around to updating the information.
  7. The National Drug Code (NDC) is a gremlin in the works of pharmacy
    • The NDC is a real hassle in pharmacy. Read on if you want to know why.
  8. Barcodes on patient wristbands
    • Wristbands are a popular item for discussion in any barcode medication administration (BCMA) project. They’re just not user friendly. The difficulty associated with scanning a patient wristband is one more reason why RFID may be worth a second look.
  9. Moving storage around in the “cloud”
    • I’m a big fan of the cloud, but it still has a long way to go.
  10. First Impressions – Lenovo T410s Laptop
    • Still loving the T410s Laptop. Update on battery life: consistently getting about 4 hours with both batteries in.
  11. Medscape Mobile available for Android
    • Medscape Mobile is also available for the iPhone, iPad and BlackBerry, just in case you don’t have an Android device.
  12. Pediatric labels for bar code medication administration (BCMA)
    • Still a problem for many facilities looking at BCMA.
  13. Why not a computerized pharmacist?
    • IBM’s Watson is cool. Potentially for the pharmacy practice model of the future.
  14. Is the tablet PC dead?
    • It’s not dead yet, but it has one foot in the grave.
  15. New study equals new opportunity for pharmacists – ADSs in the ED
    • A post based on the February 2011 issue of Annals of Emergency Medicine that talks about patients entering the emergency department (ED) secondary to an adverse drug event (ADE). It’s not a good thing in case you were wondering.

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