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.
The health care system I work for, Kaweah Delta Health Care District, uses quite a bit of automated technology from Talyst in our inpatient pharmacy. Well, today I spent the day in Bellevue, WA with the good folks from Talyst talking about all kinds of pharmacy automation and technology. The day started with me giving … Read more
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.
Talyst has been beta-testing a new customer portal for several months now. The idea was introduced to Talyst customers at their user group meeting during the ASHP Summer Meeting in Chicago last June. Beta-testing took place between the summer meeting and December 2009 when Talyst unveiled the portal to a larger user group meeting in Las Vegas at the ASHP Midyear. Attendees were given a demonstration of the portal and offered an opportunity to provide feedback on possible issues or features they’d like to see. Well, it appears that the portal is out of the beta phase and ready for use.
As Iâ€™ve mentioned before our AutoCarousel system from Talyst utilizes barcode scanners from Code Corp, specifically the Code Reader 3.0 (CR3). As you my or not be aware, Iâ€™ve been working with Code Corp and Talyst over the past several months in an attempt to replace our aging CR3 with Code Corps newest version of the scanner, the Code Reader 3500.
The Code Reader 3500 uses newer technology over the CR3 and performs much better with our carousel. The reader is easier to use due to its wider target area and â€œreflection and glare reducing illuminationâ€. Itâ€™s also quite a bit faster. The technicians love it.
I spent the day attending the following educational sessions: Where did My Mumps Job Scheduler (MJS) Go? â€“ This was a pretty basic â€œhow-toâ€ session covering the new job scheduler, Cache, used in the latest version of the pharmacy system. Boring, but helpful. Integrating Siemens Pharmacy to Maximize the Pharmacist Role â€“ This was the … Read more
I just finished my last session of the day here in Philadelphia, and overall I would have to say it was a productive one.
My first session today was an update on various future enhancements to both the Siemens Pharmacy System and their barcode medication administration system (BCMA), fondly referred to as MAK. The future enhancements bring much needed functionality to a system that, in my opinion, wasnâ€™t ready for prime time.