Pharmacy

“What’d I miss?” – Week of June 20, 2010

As usual there were a lot of things that happened during the week, and not all of it was pharmacy or technology related. Here’s a quick look at some of the stuff I found interesting.

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Cool Technology for Pharmacy

My Cool Technology for Pharmacy this week strays a little from my normal hardware and software approach and focuses on the concept of RxNorm. The reason for this deviation is simple; my ignorance of RxNorm was never more evident than during my time at ASHP Midyear this week. I don’t like it when I lack […]

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Roadside drug test anyone?

Technology Review: “Later this year, Philips will introduce a handheld electronic device that uses magnetic nanoparticles to screen for five major recreational drugs. The device is intended for roadside use by law enforcement agencies and includes a disposable plastic cartridge and a handheld analyzer. The cartridge has two components: a sample collector for gathering saliva […]

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Why I wanted RxCalc

I have a couple of passions when it comes to pharmacy. The first is a love of pharmacy technology. Very few pharmacists have an appreciation for the “operations” side of pharmacy which includes automated dispensing cabinets, automated carousels, automated TPN compounders, Pharmacy Information System, etc. These tools are absolutely necessary if we want to get […]

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Put your pharmacy in the “clouds”

We’ve all heard the term “cloud computing”, but I think very few people have taken the time to discover what the term actually means. “Cloud Computing” is certainly a buzz-word and can be found all over the internet. Unfortunately, the definition appears to be whatever marketing needs it to be for the sake of advertising.

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Agents raid Siemens U.S. headquarters

From the Action News website: “The raid began shortly after employees reported for work Wednesday morning.  Agents with the Defense Criminal Investigations Service rolled in with a rented box truck….DCIS confirms they were looking for records in connection with a specific military contract.” – Huh, we use Siemens Pharmacy Clinical Worksatation as our pharmacy system.

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