Herding Cats — The Case for Standardization

Jenny HarlettBlog

Photo via Shutterstock Standardization is a recent trend across many industries—automotive, nuclear, even aerospace. Aligning processes creates more efficiency, drives costs down, and allows companies to perform at a higher level of productivity and innovation. Healthcare is an obvious candidate for standardizing. Unfortunately, the medical community has not yet embraced the trend. Major differences can be found in the delivery … Read More

Kit Check Shortage Management Tools

Jenny HarlettBlog

A few weeks ago we talked about the drug shortage crisis facing hospitals across the country. The options for dealing with shortages are basically to find alternative medications for treatment, or to reallocate the medications that are in limited supply. Kit Check has shortage management tools that are built into the app that can help hospitals mitigate this issue: Item … Read More

Introducing the Kit Check Mobile Cart

Jenny HarlettBlog

Free space is often a precious commodity in hospital pharmacies and ORs. You want to have all of your necessary medication easily at hand, and also to have visibility into usage and expiration dates. Some common ways of dealing with the space issue is to grab extra dosages to have on hand, or to keep extra trays in the OR … Read More

Dealing With the Drug Shortage Crisis

Jenny HarlettBlog

Hospitals across the country are experiencing industry-wide shortages of drugs that have been part of standard supply for decades. Nine out of 10 emergency doctors surveyed by the American College of Emergency Physicians said that they didn’t have access to emergency medications, and four out of 10 said that patients had been negatively affected. photo by Arcaion, courtesy of Pixabay … Read More

Controlled Substance Tracking: The Fallacy of Perfect Documentation

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Diverters of controlled substances are getting more savvy about finding ways to get around documentation safeguards and protocols. Using machine learning, Bluesight for Controlled Substances is able to recognize patterns learned over time and apply them to client data sets to expose bad behavior. For example: the perfect documentation fallacy. When we compare what was dispensed, wasted, and returned from … Read More

Customer Anecdote: 35% Faster, 100% Better

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Customer Profile Size: 250+ Beds Status: For Profit Type: Medium Metro IDN Member: Yes Kit Check Use: Omnicell Anesthesia Workstations, crash carts, ancillary kits Annual Items Tracked: 70,000+ Background – Time gains from a speedy restocking process are negated by errors. The manual OR Anesthesia kit restocking process used at this hospital did not take a lot of time, but … Read More

Customer Anecdote — Clearing the Bottlenecks

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Customer Profile Size: 250+ Status: For Profit Type: Medium Metro IDN Member: Yes Kit Check Use: Crash carts, Omnicell anesthesia workstations Background – Kit restocking was a slow, error-prone process that was hampered by bottlenecks. This hospital’s manual tray restocking process involved many steps, each of which had its own dependencies. First, a technician would go to each OR at … Read More

Customer Anecdote — Improving Medication Management in the OR

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Customer Profile Size: 450 Status: For Profit Type: Regional Referral Center Kit Check Use: Crash carts, OB trays, OR Anesthesia Background This hospital had an ongoing problem: an inefficient Anesthesia medication management process with little visibility into inventory and expiration. In fact, two back-to-back Joint Commission visits found expired medications in OR trays. The hospital realized they needed to improve … Read More

Amazon Web Services Recognizes Kit Check

Jenny HarlettBlog

At a recent industry conference, Amazon Web Services featured a wall covered in the logos of some of the world’s hottest startups. Kit Check is very proud to have been included with such best-of-breed brands as Buzzfeed, Airbnb, Pinterest, and many others who have used AWS as their back-end development platform. Photo courtesy of Amazon Web Services Kit Check started … Read More

Using Machine Learning to Make the Invisible Visible

Jenny HarlettBlog

Machine learning, artificial intelligence, pattern recognition. Sounds like the plot of some new dystopian Hollywood movie, doesn’t it? Image copyright Twentieth Century Fox Artificial intelligence enables machines to carry out tasks that we would consider smart Machine learning is a subset of AI where we feed the machine lots of data and the machine learns for itself Pattern recognition is … Read More

What to see at ASHP mid-year 2017

Ramsey ChambersBlog

ASHP Mid-Year kicks off on Sunday. As the biggest hospital pharmacy event of the year, it is always a great opportunity to learn about the latest trends and technologies and catch up with old friends. As usual, we have lots of new innovations and success stories to share so be sure to work these key activities into your itinerary.

Challenges Hospital Pharmacies Face When Dealing With Recalls

Ramsey ChambersBlog

During a recent deployment of Kit Check, the pharmacy staff and Kit Check deployment manager were surprised when the system alerted them to the presence of a recalled drug before they were even done with the implementation. This particular recall was issued months before the Kit Check implementation which means whatever processes the hospital had in place for dealing with recalls had failed. As I reflected on this incident, I began to fully appreciate the monumental challenge hospital pharmacies face when it comes to recalls.