Data science has emerged as an ally for hospital directors of pharmacy in the continuous effort to close the “diversion gap”—the space where tracking and controls are incomplete and diverters conceal their activity. Simple math such as standard deviation and averages have proven inadequate in identifying diverters who have become adept at covering their tracks. However, new machine learning algorithms … Read More
Over 500 hospitals now use Kit Check’s automated medicated management solution to track medications from the pharmacy to other procedural and emergency areas in the hospital. ZDNet recently interviewed CEO Kevin MacDonald on how on the large amount of data acquired with its first solution led Kit Check to its next solution: Bluesight for Controlled Substances (BCS). “What we kept … Read More
Last week, we walked through the centralized anesthesia restocking process. Today, we have an overview of an alternative approach used by some hospitals — OR restocking using a decentralized strategy. In this workflow, Kit Check automates the restocking process with fully stocked drawer liners that can be replenished in seconds, directly in the OR. Here’s how it works: First, … Read More
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.
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.
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.
Pharmacies are faced with increasing pressure to do more with limited budgets, particularly in reducing overall drug spend. Given its complexity, the OR remains one of biggest challenges for hospital pharmacies for tracking the distribution and use of medications, and continues to be a leaky bucket for Pharmacy in terms of time, inventory and budget.