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The pharmacy world is changing fast. The emergence of pharmacy intelligence, predictive analytics, and increasing demand for a complete end-to-end solution means healthcare leaders must innovate to meet both new medication management challenges (COVID-19) and old (diversion, patient safety, and rising costs).
The Omnicell Blog is the leading source for pharmacy information on emerging trends, successful best practices, and ideas and insights to help pharmacies digitally transform to lower cost and improve patient safety.
Four Burning Questions in Contract Pharmacy Standoff
It’s been almost one year mark since a group of drug manufacturers stopped offering 340B discounts or placed restrictions on these discounts in the contract pharmacy setting. So what are the burning questions that continue to remain in this standoff?
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Why Intelligence Is Essential to Your Cabinet Strategy
Some may think of the ADC as simply a storage unit for nursing, but in reality it plays a critical role across the medication management ecosystem. As ADC systems have evolved, some are now connected to sophisticated data intelligence systems, helping them to play a more prominent role in optimizing pharmacy inventory.
What Is Medication Waste Costing You?
With drug costs skyrocketing and the ever-present challenge of drug shortages, throwing away medications can be agonizing. And costly. The more visibility you have into your inventory, the better equipped you are to eliminate medication waste and ensure clinicians have access to the medications patients need.
How Technology Solves Safety and Operational Challenges in the Operating Room
Modern operating rooms are high-pressure environments. Anesthesia providers need to balance patient care with the administrative tasks that come with managing medication safety. At the same time, Pharmacy needs to maintain accountability for the controlled substances being dispensed. Both are juggling manual processes that make medication management in the operating room highly challenging.
How Digital Transformation Will Accelerate the Delivery of Culturally Competent Care by Pharmacists
The daily job of a pharmacist can be full of time-consuming manual processes. Inefficient workflows and lack of data visibility compound Pharmacy challenges. Leveraging medication inventory management tools are helping many health systems like Wellforce to improve efficiency through automated workflows and real-time data that allow pharmacists to provide top of license care.
Why Innovative Hospitals Like Sentara Are Fully Automating Their Central Pharmacy
Hospitals that continue to manually manage medications in the central pharmacy are playing a dangerous game. Inevitably a medication management error will happen. Yet for many hospitals, the fear of change keeps many pharmacies stuck with archaic solutions and processes that inevitably lead to problems.
Promising Signs for 340B Providers in Contract Pharmacy Standoff
After a long period of treading water, recent developments in federal court bode well for 340B providers trying to restore access to 340B pricing in the contract pharmacy setting. A close review of recent government court filings also provides a strong endorsement for a key but highlydebated tenet of the 340B program.
Despite Safety and Supply Challenges, Outsourcing IV Compounding Remains High
The recent State of Pharmacy Compounding survey found that outsourcing for CSPs continues to remain high. But with disruption and uncertainty in the safety and supply of outsourced compounded IV medication, insourcing with IV technology is a strategy that health systems need to consider.
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