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What does 500,000 medications mean?

by Kevin MacDonald

It’s been 15 months since Tim and I helped the University of Maryland Medical Center go live with Kit Check. We knew we were helping to solve a cumbersome problem. We were also confident Kit Check could make a big impact.

It’s great to report that our hospital customers have tagged, tracked and reported on over 500,000 pharmacy kit medications. But what does that mean in terms of impact? Given that we celebrated Labor Day this week, it is only fitting to put our impact in terms of labor: 35,054 hours saved.

What can you do with the hours?

hourglassesThe breakdown is 19,447 pharmacy technician hours saved and 15,607 pharmacist hours. These hours have translated into over-time reduction, labor cost savings and the ability to meet increasing demands for data recording and regulatory compliance. At a time when Directors of Hospital Pharmacy are being asked to cut costs, maintain operational efficiency and increase safety simultaneously, freeing up thousands of man-hours of productivity can be a much needed gift.

Beyond cost savings we have been happy to learn that many hospitals are plowing some of the time savings back into patient care. My colleague Doug Zurawski is a former hospital director of pharmacy.  He often talks about how top of license activities such as clinical care are getting displaced by a growing administrative burden placed on pharmacists. By removing the pharmacist effort from checking pharmacy kits, more time is available for clinical work.

Kit Check makes Labor Day a Reality

Happy-Labor-DayWhen you look at 35,000 hours of savings, it is about eliminating the wasted labor associated with touching medications 5.9 million times. It’s a lot easier to give the pharmacy staff some time off for Labor Day when your pharmacy kit processing labor is so drastically reduced. The entire Kit Check team is excited about passing the 500,000 medication milestone and driving such big impact. Given the addition of several hospitals over the summer, we only expect the impact to accelerate.


Image credits: UCSF, LaborDay2013.com

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