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Published on May 3, 2013
Dr. John Johnson, Co-Chair of the Intelligent Hospital™ Pharmacy Committee, RHCC, explains some of the use cases and equipment demonstrated in the Intelligent Hospital™ Pharmacy at the Intelligent Hospital™ Pavilion at HIMSS13.
Like every facet of the Intelligent Hospital™ Pavilion, the focus is on real-world technology solutions and pro-active data strategies that will deliver real-time intelligence and overall operational efficiencies that can result in significant cost-savings, increase overall patient wellness and most importantly, save lives. The Intelligent Hospital Pharmacy demonstrates the growing and emerging technologies geared to increase patient safety and operational efficiencies with a focus on track and traceability within the pharmaceutical supply chain.
In any busy hospital a bustling pharmacy department exists, adept at getting medications to the nurses and patients at the right time while minimizing risk to the patient. Every hospital pharmacy director understands, this process is very complex, leading to errors and medication misadventures at any number of critical steps. While today's technologies being employed in the pharmacy environment are geared to support this process and help reduce the risk of errors, there is still room for much improvement.
Within the Intelligent Hospital Pharmacy an integrated model of diverse technologies enable workflows to reduce errors and optimize operation efficiencies. As an example, "breaches" in the supply chain, whether it be with counterfeit medications, or situations where large amounts of medications are diverted or stolen, there exists a need to shore up these "breaches". For years, pharmacy and industry leaders have been calling for an improved system to enable the tracking of medications. In an integrated pharmacy processes follow a medication from its creation from the manufacturer, through wholesaler(s), into the pharmacy and out to the medication floor(s) and finally being administered to the patient. This "cradle to grave" approach will demonstrate full track and traceability of the medication and the added safety and operational benefits such a system provides. The Intelligent Hospital Pharmacy demonstrates the improved processes that every pharmacy director and hospital administrator envisions as the standard of practice.