As health care becomes increasingly costly and complex, there is a heightened need to manage labor costs, which often comprise the majority of a department’s operating budget. Identifying methods to evaluate and justify these expenses is critically important. One way to control labor costs while expanding pharmacy services is by implementing departmental productivity measures. Productivity... Read more
The goals of implementing pharmacy automation are to improve the safety and efficiency of medication use and to shift pharmacy staff effort from basic production tasks to more valuable cognitive tasks. Over the past decade, the expansion of technology and automation in health-system pharmacy has been profound. There has been an evolution in both the uptake and functional ability of technologies;... Read more
Given the unique structure of the OR, identifying and preventing diversion of controlled substances in this environment can be a challenging pursuit. Many factors complicate diversion prevention in the ORs and procedural areas, including disparate workflows in various areas and among various providers, manual documentation systems, EMR systems that are separate from the main EHR, and difficulty in... Read more
Oral chemotherapy agents (OCAs) have significantly altered the provision of cancer therapy, allowing cancer to be managed as a chronic condition within the patient’s home. Despite the established place of these drugs in the care continuum, managing oral oncolytics requires unique strategies compared with infusion therapies, including timely coordination among oncology providers, clinical... Read more
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