Monthly Archives: May 2013

Requirements for bar code scan verification set too low in meaningful use guidelines

Over the weekend I read an article at HealthBiz Decoded about bar code requirements and meaningful use (MU). I knew that there was some language in Stage 2, but never took the time to read through it carefully. The meaningful use documentation is exactly what you’d expect from years of bureaucrats sitting around trying to […]

Is it just me or is the pharmacy presence on Twitter growing?

My daughter had a three-day volleyball tournament over the weekend. While there’s a lot of action during these tournaments, there’s also some downtime. I usually pass the downtime by reading through my social media streams. I have a system that typically goes something like this: Twitter –> Google+ –> Facebook –> LinkedIn –> RSS-feed-reader-of-the-week –> […]

Saturday morning coffee [May 25 2013]

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 cup below is several years old. It’s a plastic Starbucks cup that I picked up somewhere in either Fresno or […]

Pharmacists should learn to write code

You know what’s missing in healthcare? Pharmacists that write code and work on application development, that’s what’s missing. It’s the only way to ensure that applications have the right look, feel and functionality. Who knows better than a pharmacist, or pharmacy technician, how a pharmacy application should behave? No one, that’s who. Trying to explain […]

Thoughts on the Xbox One announcement

I’ve had an Xbox system in one form or another for a long time. I currently have an Xbox 360 in my home, and there’s a Kinect attached to it. We use the system for games and movies. Typical stuff. Microsoft’s newest Xbox, dubbed Xbox One, is taking things to a whole new level. I […]

Saturday morning coffee [May 18 2013]

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 below was a gift that I received from the unSUMMIT U for giving a barcoding webinar back in January. […]

A view of pharmacy through Google Glass [simulated]

I haven’t been this excited about a technology in quite some time. Google Glass makes hands-free operation a reality in the pharmacy. I don’t think it’s a long term fix as I believe that robotics will likely take over the distribution process someday, but not today. Today robotics remains expensive and clumsy. Unfortunately Google Glass […]

Medication therapy management at TEDxUniversity [video]

Thanks to Megan Hartranft (@MeganPharmD) and John Poikonen (@poikonen) for tweeting this. It’s nothing earth shattering, but it sums up why pharmacists should be more involved. Tim Ulbrich does a really nice job. Pharmacy schools should show this short video to all their pharmacy students before turning them loose on the world. I talked about […]

Saturday morning coffee [May 11 2013]

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 from the company I work for. Strange little story to go along with how I […]

Info packets instead of a pharmacist used in attempt to improve medication adherence

I came across an article today in The Baltimore Sun that caught my attention. According to the article: “In a test of services geared toward making sure patients took their prescribed medications after leaving the emergency room, none made a difference, a large new study suggests. Based on the experiment involving nearly 4,000 ER patients, researchers […]