Overcoming Challenges in IV Workflow Software Use
April 2017 - Vol. 14 No. 4 - Page #2

Q&A with Scott Soefje, PharmD, MBA, BCOP, FCCP

This is part 2 of a two-part series on IV workflow management. Part 1, presented in PP&P’s March 2017 IV Safety Supplement, discussed increasing safety in IV compounding, while part 2, presented here, addresses overcoming challenges in IV workflow software implementation.

PP&P: How should an organization develop an IV workflow software rollout strategy?

Scott Soefje: The University Medical Center Brackenridge IV workflow system rollout is occurring in stages. We determined that the software would be most beneficial for high-risk drugs, so it was implemented first in the cancer clinic. Six chemotherapy agents were initially added to the software; additional drugs are then added each week until all medications used in the clinic are prepared via the IV workflow system. Once that is achieved, the software will be implemented in the inpatient hospital and then in other oncology areas throughout the network. Thereafter, we will target the non-oncology drugs within the hospital at one site, and roll out this process throughout the network.

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