In observance of Antibiotic Awareness Week, we spoke with PipelineRx’s antimicrobial stewardship expert, Aviva Bodek, PharmD, BCPS, about her expertise in antibiotic use dating back to her time working as a critical care clinical pharmacist, where she witnessed the impact of infection control on patient outcomes.
A look at the patient experience benefits telepharmacy provides from the perspective of a nurse. It will cover the 5 Rs of medication management, staffing issues, patient safety initiatives, and access to clinical expertise.
Since our founding, we’ve been helping hospitals ensure 24/7 prospective medication order review, primarily during nights and weekends when many pharmacies were closed. Over time, we’ve seen our clients start to utilize our services in very creative ways. Some are more obvious, such as covering for an extended leave of absence, but others may surprise you.
As a telepharmacy client, you may not have thought much about our system integrating with your EHR. You already know that we built our software to help us manage fax and scanned orders as well as CPOE orders from a single source, and that our processes are patient-centric vs. med order driven.
Interoperability in healthcare has been a buzzword at HIMSS for over a decade. Recognizing it will take collaboration between providers, payers, and vendors to accomplish this, seven hospital associations recently called for these stakeholders to unite in working to improve the ability to securely share patient information.
I can honestly say that this was one of the best ASHP Midyear meetings I’ve attended in the last 30 years. The theme of this year’s meeting was “Some Midyear Magic”.
Each year, in anticipation of the ASHP Midyear meeting, I take a few minutes to reflect on the key issues currently impacting pharmacy.
Hospital policies and procedures have long moved beyond the thick paper binders of yesteryear, but electronic files stored on a hospital network storage system aren’t much of an improvement.
Controlling hospital budgets is challenging. Most hospitals have had efficiency drives in place for years, meaning that the easy cuts have already been made. However, drug and labor costs continue to rise and reimbursements simply can’t keep up. This leaves hospital administrators wondering where they