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by Hannah Byam, July 18, 2017

Now What? Responding to Diversion Events with Speed and Impact

As the national conversation around opioid abuse continues to grow, hospitals grappling with citations, fines and the bad publicity that accompany these events are looking for solutions that can have both an immediate reduction in liability and set them up for long-term compliance and risk abatement.

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by Ramsey Chambers, July 11, 2017

Edward Hospital’s lean optimization of anesthesia trays improves provider experience

Huzefa Raja, PharmD, OR supervisor at Edward Hospital, has always been a forward-thinking leader in the Kit Check community. Recently he shared some of the work he and his team have done to optimize their anesthesia trays to reduce waste and improve provider efficiency.

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by Jeremy Yanowitz, July 07, 2017

Manually managing digital drug formularies is a thing of the past

Managing the drug formulary is an uphill battle for most hospital pharmacies. There can be thousands of NDCs represented in a hospital’s inventory at any given moment. On top of that, the NDCs that show up daily on the loading dock change with surprising frequency, as GPOs renegotiate pricing with manufacturers and buyers adjust their purchasing patterns seeking to optimize drug spend and respond to shortages.

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by Doug Zurawski, June 29, 2017

Anesthesia technicians restocking OR medications leads to compliance risk and inefficiencies

One of the things that I have been most surprised about over the course of my four years with Kit Check, is the number of times we are brought into a hospital to perform a walkthrough and process analysis of medication handling in the perioperative space only to find that pharmacy is not responsible for dispensing and handling those medications at all.

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by Ramsey Chambers, June 23, 2017

Directors of Pharmacy and IDNs save years of staff time during the latest recall

Late on June 15th, the FDA announced that Hospira was voluntarily recalling several products including 47 lots of Sodium Bicarbonate, 5 lots of Succinylcholine Chloride and 7 lots of Potassium Phosphates. This recall has had a huge impact on hospital pharmacies due to not only the number of lots impacted but because of the widespread use of these particular drugs.

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by Ramsey Chambers, June 16, 2017

Customer Anecdote Volume 2 – Operating room efficiencies

Most hospital pharmacies are constantly asking to take on more responsibilities without increasing headcount. Read how this customer leveraged Kit Check to process OR anesthesia trays and increased team efficiency by 89% and reduced inventory by 33%.

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by Nathalie Celcis, June 07, 2017

How pharmacy managers can leverage data to maximize team performance

As a hospital pharmacy manager, motivating your staff and ensuring consistent application of processes can be a monumental task. One theme we consistently hear from our customers is that managers usually lack any real data to inform how they set goals, discuss performance with individual employees and optimize the team. In response, we are excited to announce our new Activity Analytics report.

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by Ramsey Chambers, May 30, 2017

Customer Anecdote Volume 1 – Optimizing OR Drug Trays

Most hospital pharmacies struggle when attempting to reduce par levels in the OR as providers are often resistant to change. One of our customers leveraged Kit Check Analytics to bring real data to the conversation and was able to collaboratively reduce their inventory by 30%.

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by Doug Zurawski, May 25, 2017

Pharmacy leader strategies for balancing competing priorities

I spend a lot of time with Directors of Pharmacy across the country and hear from them the long list of projects and objectives that they have on the calendar to complete. Recently we helped a midwestern teaching hospital to free up staff and money to help get their top priorities over the finish line.

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by Ramsey Chambers, May 16, 2017

Ransomware, hospital pharmacy automation and the benefits of true cloud software

Over the weekend, organizations around the world were stopped in their tracks due to the ransomware “”wannacry.” Because the stakes are so high when it comes to delivering critical care to patients, healthcare organizations, in particular, are prime targets for cyber criminals. In response, hospitals are more frequently turning to true cloud applications.

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