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.
A major value proposition of most automation solutions is staff efficiency gains. Typically, pharmacy leaders work with their sales rep to quantify efficiency in terms of dollar savings to include in the ROI model of their proposal. When the proposal reaches Finance, however, it inevitably gets picked apart. The problem… in most cases no headcount is actually being eliminated and Finance will argue (perhaps fairly) that, as such, the ROI model is inaccurate.
The Kit Check network includes a vast collective of pharmacy executives who, by virtue of their roles and responsibilities, face similar challenges and opportunities. That’s why every year we seek to leverage the collective knowledge of your pharmacy peers to understand trends around areas like staffing, workflow, and technology. After reviewing the results from the survey, we were particularly curious … Read More
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most of you don’t know that my software career started at a racetrack where I created a solution to help a racetrack focus their customer loyalty efforts. As a result, I have an affinity for the sport and with the Kentucky Derby just around the corner, I couldn’t resist the temptation to draw an analogy between that and some of … Read More
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