The inability to physically be in Tampa, FL shouldn’t stop someone from participating in the ASHP Summer Meeting. Technology doesn’t care that I’m 2700 miles away or that I’m sitting in my home in my bunny slippers with Diet Pepsi in hand. With a webcam and speaker phone I was able to join a user group discussion held by Talyst.
A couple of months agoÂ we became a beta site for a Talyst AutoPharm software only solution. It’s not really a “software only” solution as it consists of aÂ POS-X PC117 workstation, a Code CR3 scanner and aÂ Zebra ZM400 printer, and of course Talystâ€™s AutoPharm software, but there are no carousels attached to it.
Our facility utilizes several software and hardware products from Talyst to manage our pharmacy inventory and support our goal of bar coding 100% of the pharmacy inventory. The entire system consists of the Talyst AutoCarousel system for automated carousel storage, their AutoPharm software for inventory management, their AutoPack system for packaging and bar coding our bulk medications, and their AutoLabel system for generating bar coded labels for items that arenâ€™t bar coded from the manufacturer or whose bar codes arenâ€™t easily read.
While this item isn’t specifically designed for pharmacy, it is one cool piece of hardware; the POS-X PC117. The all-in-one workstation is on the list of hardware I received from Talyst as part of a new system that Kaweah Delta will be beta testing in the coming months. So, I wandered over to the Talyst customer portal where I found some additional information. Iâ€™m not positive, but it looks like this is the new workstation that the company will be using on their AutoPharm installations.
The POS-X workstation is a big improvement over the traditional use of a monitor and standard PC tower. Itâ€™s not exactly petite, weighing in at 24 pounds, but itâ€™s still a real space saver.
I still work in the pharmacy on occasion. It keeps me up to date with changes that Iâ€™ve made to various pharmacy systems and gives me the opportunity to make sure my pharmacist skills havenâ€™t evaporated. One thing it doesnâ€™t do is get me away from my current technology related duties. In fact it puts me closer to the action and even more accessible to pretty much everyone, which means I spend a majority of my â€œstaffingâ€ time dealing with things related to our automation; carousel picks and loads, packager fills, compunder checking, labeler input and checking, minor troubleshooting, etc. Itâ€™s not that someone else canâ€™t do it, but thatâ€™s the way it works out.
I’ve decided to do something a little bit different this week. Below is a presentation I had to give following the completion of our pharmacy remodel and the implementation of our pharmacy barcode system. More images of the implementation can be found here. Barcoding Solution In Pharmacy
Prior to the days of a clean room, most pharmacies had a designated area with one or move laminar flow hoods where they compounded intravenous (IV) medications. For lack of a better term this area was cleverly called the “IV Room”. The laminar flow hoods created a sterile work environment from which the pharmacy technicians could work. It was not uncommon for anyone making an IV preparation to simply leave the “IV Room” and wonder around the pharmacy looking for supplies when they ran short.
Automated Dispensing Units (ADUs), also referred to as Automated Dispensing Cabinets (ADCs), are nothing new to hospital pharmacy. Over 80% of hospital pharmacies use ADUs. The most commonÂ is a product from Cardinal called Pyxis MedStation. Others include Omnicell SinglePointe, McKessen AutoDose-Rx and medDISPENSE (part of Emerson Electric Co.). Currently Pyxis is the clear front runner, and for good reason. They offer a great product.
If you float something out over the internet, someone is going to see it and keep you honest. Remember what I said, “There is always someone smarter, harder working, more motivated and better informed than me, and those are the people I want to hear from.” Well, those people have responded with some great information pertaining to barcoding and pharmacy automation.Â
I have posted many times on our system for barcoding medications in the pharmacy. The posts have included reference to our efforts to increase storage space. Â Our goals have always been to store as many medications as possible within the carousel to take advantage of the software’s many safety features and inventory functionality.Â Like all … Read more