IV Workflow Management

State of Pharmacy Automation 2019 - Vol.16 No. 8 - Page #42

While pharmacy’s commitment to automating IV workflow is on the upswing, just 26% of facilities have adopted this technology to date. The past 2 years have seen implementation rates jump by 20% and 14% respectively and a similar level of activity is predicted for the coming year. It is important to note that most of these adoptions have been concentrated in facilities with 200+ beds. Looking ahead, larger facilities will continue to benefit from new implementations at a significant margin over their smaller counterparts.

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Interest is quite high in leveraging the safety this technology brings to the inherently risky process of compounding. A majority of facilities with 200+ beds are planning to implement automated IV workflow technology over the next few years. Unfortunately, adoption rates among smaller facilities are projected to lag those of their larger counterparts.

Strong satisfaction rates for IV workflow vendors should serve to further encourage system adoptions. 90% of users are satisfied with their vendor, and a solid 72% of users assign good or excellent marks to their system.

A variety of vendors are receiving consideration from those facilities looking to adopt IV workflow automation. BD, Omnicell, Baxter, and Grifols lead the vendors under consideration. The Other category includes facilities that are looking to their EHR to provide IV workflow functionality.



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