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Published Online: Saturday, March 1, 2008   [ Request Print ]

MedBoard Improves Pharmacy Operations


Baxa Corp (Englewood, CO) recently launched the MedBoard Medication Tracking System (MTS). The Web-based medication tracking system is designed to record pharmacy preparation and delivery activities. The first wireless tracking system, it helps health systems improve productivity through order prioritization and delivery assurance, reducing time spent fielding nursing calls and tracking order status. The MedBoard MTS? order monitoring reduces waste by identifying time-sensitive orders and ensuring ontime delivery. Built-in reports allow pharmacy managers to demonstrate performance by delivery times, order type, nursing unit, and more. With the MedBoard MTS, pharmacies can manage work flow using bar-code technology, improving efficiency and patient safety by providing tracking for doses that are not part of the pharmacy?s automated dispensing cabinets. The system requires only a Web browser and handheld scanners to get started. For more information, visit www.baxa.com, or call 800-567-BAXA (800-567-2292).


MetaCare eMAR Reduces Med Errors


Meta Pharmacy Systems (Floral Park, NY) recently launched Meta-Care Enterprise eMAR, a Web-based point-of-care medication-administration system designed to monitor and reduce medication errors with barcode technology. Upon scanning the patient?s wristband bar code, MetaCare Enterprise eMAR identifies and verifies the patient, searches for the medications that have been ordered for the patient, and cross-checks for possible drug allergies and interactions. Subsequent scanning of the actual medication packaging verifies the correct drug, dose, route of administration, and schedule. In addition, by efficiently automating the medication-administration process, the system allows hospital pharmacies to more efficiently track medication inventory while providing the 5 rights of drug administration. For more information, call 800-768-1920, or visit www.metapharmacy.com.


AVF-6 Streamlines Pharmacy Work Flow


TCGRx?s (Powers Lake, WI) AVF-6 system features automated counting of medications. The device is well-suited for dispensing control medications or contaminate medications through its dedicated chutes. The AVF-6, combined with TCGRx?s shelving options, can automate any number of medications. Medication cassettes are compatible with larger automation devices, so, as automation needs to grow, current automation is not obsolete. The AVF-6 system also is an effective way to automate high-moving oral solids. The large-capacity canisters (up to 2200 cc) require less refill time for large or fast-moving medications. Optional components of the AVF-6 include additional medication canisters to cover all of the large pills and fastmoving medications and shelving for handling additional high-volume medication canisters. For more information, visit www.tcgrx.com.


ESC Helps Prevent Drug Counterfeiting


Secure Symbology?s (Paramus, NJ) Electronic Sequence Code (ESC) program is a single-source solution for counterfeiting. The system can be installed and implemented within 90 days on any type of pharmaceutical packaging. The program applies globally accepted standard 2-dimensional bar-code symbology in a unique way to serialize individual product units and, eventually, all levels of packaging. The ESC system combines technology to print, scan, verify, compile, and transfer serialized data, establishing a database of a product?s packaging and shipment history. The product creates a practical electronic pedigree for every individual unit, and, as a result, serialized product data and verification are available globally for any authorized supply-chain member (manufacturer, distributor, wholesaler, and retailer) through a secure application software platform. The ESC system is able to create distinctive bar-code labels for unit-level packaging. A realtime fingerprint is printed on the package, stored in a database, and made accessible online. Products can be tracked throughout their lifetime by connecting bar-code scanners to Web browsers. For more information, visit www.securesymbology.com.


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