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EnlivenHealth Survey Finds Pharmacists Support Expanding Clinical Services, but Challenges Exist in Getting Paid
EnlivenHealth, the retail pharmacy solutions division of Omnicell, released the results of its first-ever Ask Your Pharmacist survey, which found that most pharmacists (81%) want to expand their clinical services beyond immunizations, but some 85% say their pharmacies are only receiving partial or no payment for these services. In fact, 46% of respondents said the biggest barrier to expanding their clinical services is the lack of a medical billing solution that seamlessly integrates with their pharmacy workflow. Read the rest of the article.
The Inflation Reduction Act: The Impact of Medicare Negotiation of Prescription Drug Prices on Hospitals and Health Systems
by Omnicell’s Ken Perez – In August, H.R. 5376, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA), was passed via partisan votes by both chambers of Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) described the $739 billion climate, tax, and health bill “as one of the defining legislative feats of the twenty-first century,” and Biden similarly touted the IRA as “one of the most significant laws in our history.” Read the rest of the article.
When Emergency Calls, This Team Answers. Help Ensure They Have the Tools to Respond!
When Cheryl Armstrong was rushed into the Saanich Peninsula Hospital’s emergency department in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, with a life-threatening tear to the splenic artery, the medical team jumped into action. A campaign aims to keep vital emergency care close to home with the right tools to save patients’ lives. One important essential includes an Omnicell Automated Dispensing Cabinet, which allows smarter and safer medical management. Read the rest of the article.
Ohio Hospitals Using Robot Pharmacy Dispensers to Minimize Errors
Hospital pharmacies around the state have begun implementing robots to distribute inpatient medication orders to minimize human error. The XR2 Automated Central Pharmacy System, manufactured by Omnicell, was first introduced in 2017. The 30-foot-long robot is capable of dispensing thousands of inpatient medication orders daily. Read the rest of the article.
Health Tech Company Launches Specialty Pharmacy Services
Omnicell, a health tech company that offers pharmacy products such as medication-filling robots, launched a service Oct. 11 to help hospitals set up and operate specialty pharmacy programs. Read the rest of the article.
‘You take the human error out of it': Pharmacy robot dispenses orders at Christ Hospital
The pharmacy department at the Christ Hospital has received a new pair of helping hands in the form of a 30-foot-long robot that dispenses thousands of inpatient medication orders per day. The pharmacy robot, which is manufactured by Omnicell and called the XR2 automated central pharmacy system, refills, and sorts medication orders into automated dispensing cabinets so pharmacists are able to save time on organization and spend more time with patients. Read the rest of the article to find out more.
Ken Perez: What U.S. Hospitals and Health Systems Can Expect from the 2022 IRA
What can U.S. hospitals and health systems expect from the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022? Find out more in this HFM Featured column from Omnicell’s Ken Perez.
5 Ways to a Successful Robotics Rollout
Many health systems are adding robotics and workflow management systems to their IV rooms. This article lists five strategies to ensure success and references Omnicell robots at Allegheny General and the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Partnership Creates New Pharmacy Informatics Fellowship
Vanderbilt University MS in Applied Clinical Informatics program and Vanderbilt University Medical Center have partnered with Omnicell to create a new two-year pharmacy informatics fellowship.
Supreme Court Ruling on the 340B Program Reimbursement Rate Cut
Although the 340B program continues to be challenged by pharmaceutical company restrictions and court challenges, at a minimum, the Supreme Court’s decision on the reimbursement rate cuts improves the economics for 340B hospitals. Find out more from Omnicell’s Ken Perez in this Electronic Health Reporter article.
How Two Medication-filling Robots Saved One Health System $2.5 Million
Laura Mark, Vice President of Pharmacy at Allegheny Health Network, discusses the benefits of a technology-driven pharmacy.
Three Lessons Learned to Build A More Resilient Pharmacy
Dennis Wright, Director of Product Marketing at Omnicell, discusses three ways we can learn from recent healthcare challenges and build a more resilient pharmacy.
When Are Expired Drugs Truly Expired?
James Stevenson, PharmD, Chief Clinical Officer at Omnicell, is quoted in this article from The New York Times, which discusses best practices for home medication storage and expiration dates.
Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Invests in IV Medication Tech
AHN has invested in Omnicell’s intelligent infrastructure to improve pharmacy efficiency, reduce costs, and enhance patient care initiatives.
Leveraging Robotics to Increase Pharmacists’ Time for Clinical Services
Many technology companies are offering products that help pharmacies more efficiently handle a higher volume of prescriptions. Danny Sanchez, senior vice president and general manager of EnlivenHealth, described the company’s latest release, Personalized IVR, as a game-changer for pharmacies, based on its beta partner, which experienced a 15 percent reduction in transfer time from the phone system to the pharmacy.
Robotics Can Ease Healthcare’s Challenges
Omnicell's Doug Descalzi discusses creating marketable high-tech solutions for the healthcare industry in this article from Technically.