Tag Archives: Bad

Portable storage media, the scourge of patient privacy

LA Times: “Altogether, 16,288 patients’ information was taken from the home of a physician whose house was burglarized on Sept. 6, according to the UCLA Health System. The data were on the physician’s external hard drive, officials said. Though the hard drive was encrypted, a piece of paper with the password was nearby and is […]

Yeah, my Twitter account was hacked

A couple of nights ago I fell for a phishing scam on Twitter. I pride myself on being careful while online and especially when I use social media, so you can imagine my embarrassment when I discovered that I’d been duped. Many of my followers were kind enough to tell me I’d been hacked prior […]

Not everyone’s opinion should count

Contrary to what your mom told you as a kid, not everyone’s opinion should count. There are several definitions for the word opinion. The one I like comes from Merriam-Webster and reads “belief stronger than impression and less strong than positive knowledge”. Opinions are beliefs; something you think. They are not rooted in fact – […]

Why regulatory compliance is killing innovation in healthcare

Anyone that’s worked in healthcare knows about regulatory compliance. If not, then they should because it takes up about 50% of everyone’s time, energy and effort. I understand the theory behind regulations, i.e. protect the patient, but I think most of the time all additional regulations do is is create work for people that are […]

Ever wonder why forklifts have roll cages?

I’ve driven my share of forklifts. I had several manual labors jobs before deciding to become a pharmacist. In fact, it was those manual labor jobs that helped me decide to go back to school and become a pharmacist in the first place. But that story is for another time. I was searching for something […]

How to make a profession vanish into thin air

There appears to be a push in the pharmacy world to expand residency programs so “that, by 2020, postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) residency training should be required for entry into practice for all pharmacists who will serve in direct patient care roles.” This according to a recent article in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. […]

More fanboy douchebaggery

Someone, actually several people, posted this on Google+ today “Android is No. 1 in 35 countries, approaches 50% global market share”. The article attached to the headline can be found here. Simple, right? Of course. It’s just someone passing on a bunch of shipment numbers from an article. Enter the Apple fanboy: #1 by what […]

Taking a break…

I started this blog more than two years ago at the behest of my brother, Robert. He and I used to spend a lot of time talking about technology and he encouraged me to put my ideas in writing in the form of a blog. It took quite a while before I finally took his […]

Pharmacy Director needed…programming experience required?

As I alluded to in a recent post, I still get a fair number of emails and phone calls from pharmacy recruiters; actually got one of each today. The following recruiter email arrived in my inbox a few days ago. I found a few things very interesting. Feel free to read the entire job description, […]

The tail wagging the dog

WSJ: “The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that it will require some painkiller manufacturers to produce new educational tools in an effort to quell prescription-drug abuse. The requirements will affect makers of long-acting and extended-release opioids, which include oxycodone, morphine and methadone. Letters have been sent to manufacturers of the drugs describing the medication […]