Say Good-bye to Waiting: Patients Can Get Rxs 24/7
InstyMeds Corp's (Eden Prairie, Minn) InstyMeds uses Web-based prescription-writing software that sends prescriptions through secure networks to the InstyMeds dispensing application, which allows patients to fill their prescriptions at the InstyMeds Dispenser located at medical facilities and hospitals. The unit is capable of labeling and dispensing nearly any form of medication, including tablets, capsules, inhalers, sprays, creams and ointments, suspensions, and syrups. Patient information is received electronically from the Practice Management System or electronic health record systems through industry standard interfaces or is easily entered through a Web application. The patient has the choice of receiving a printed prescription to bring to the pharmacy or receiving a prescription medication at the InstyMeds Dispenser right at the medical site. The benefits of the machine include prescription drugs received in a few minutes; patients interface with a color touch screen; multiple bar-code procedures ensure accurate drug dispensing; patients receive drug-education sheets when the medication is prescribed; copays are accepted via credit or debit cards and cash; a telephone is available to speak to a pharmacist, and patients are given a toll-free number to call for a 24-hour/day pharmacist help line; and clients can refill prescriptions at any local pharmacy. For additional information, visit www.instymeds.com.
Tool Helps Hospital Pharmacists Improve Care
Thomson Healthcare Inc's (Greenwood Village, Colo) Order Set Solution empowers hospital pharmacists with a decision-support tool that improves performance management in the medication care delivery and disease management process. The templates provide access to in-depth clinical evidence plus best practice and performance measures clinicians can use to gain consensus and manage their internal order set content. As part of the product, pharmacists are provided with the Thomson Knowledge Manager. Pharmacists can customize order sets by selecting or deleting items and identifying and removing drugs not maintained on the hospital's formulary. The solution also has built in Boolean logic to help with medication management. The Boolean Operators feature facilitates appropriate drug selection. Pharmacists select one order in a regimen, and the Order Set Solution selects the others, thereby preventing a duplicate or contraindicated medication orders. For more information, visit www.healthcare.thomson.com or www.micromedex.com, or call 800-525-9083.
Independents Have a Way to Manage Rx Pricing
Net-Rx Inc (Vancouver,Wash) recently introduced its new cash-pricing management service?PriceIt-Rx?that benefits independent pharmacy owners. The service uses traditional third-party insurance networks to create a real-time adjudicated claim for cash purchases, resulting in consistent cash pricing, higher customer confidence, and a reduction of in-store labor. PriceIt-Rx creates optimum pricing on all drugs dispensed by the pharmacy through a comprehensive market analysis and an individual consultation with the pharmacy owner. Once established, the real-time cash pricing allows the pharmacy to maximize profits on all prescription business. For more information, visit www.net-rx.com.
E-reference Pinpoints Toxins
Gold Standard Inc (Tampa, Fla) recently launched ToxED, an electronic clinical toxicology reference designed to address the need for quick access to information at the point of care for the diagnosis and treatment of poisonings, drug overdoses, and exposure to chemicals and hazardous waste. The reference includes Gold Standard's Drug IDentifier tool that instantly identifies tablets and capsules based on multiple physical characteristics and provides full-color digital images of actual drug products for visual verification. ToxED's clinical toxicology information is presented in 3 sections: (1) Emergency Management Principles, which provides a stepwise approach to the evaluation and treatment of common poisonings and drug overdoses; (2) Specific Agents and Treatments, which features a discussion of specific drug overdoses and poisons, including toxic dose, clinical presentation, diagnosis, and specific treatment; and (3) Environmental and Occupational Toxicology, which outlines the approach to hazardous materials incidents, the evaluation of occupational exposures, and toxic effects, physical properties, and workplace exposure limits. For more information, visit www.goldstandard.com, or call 800-375-0943.
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