Tech Product News

JUNE 15, 2010

Kirby Lester’s KL20n and KL30n

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Kirby Lester LLC (Lake Forest, IL)

Kirby Lester LLC recently announced the release of KL20n and KL30n (noninterfaced), 2 new products in the company’s popular line of counting and verification systems. The KL20n and the KL30n offer “plug-and-play” technology for pharmacies seeking a simple, affordable way to reduce medication errors without advanced connectivity. The devices are easily upgradeable, which means pharmacies can decide at a later date whether integrating with pharmacy management systems is needed. Both devices count and verify 100% of orders, including oral solids and unitof- use medications. The KL20n and KL30n also enable barcode-checking, fingerprint scan-tracking, onscreen drug images, and inventory recording. They require no complex installation and fit easily on a pharmacy’s countertop.

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ScriptPro’s Telepharmacy System

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ScriptPro (Mission, KS)

ScriptPro’s Telepharmacy platform enables a single pharmacist to oversee medication dispensing at multiple remote locations. Currently in use by US Navy pharmacies, the system is seen as a promising solution for areas where access to pharmacy services remains an issue. The dispensing process starts with an inspection camera, which captures images of the original written prescription and the medication to be dispensed. The images are remotely inspected and verified by the pharmacist and become part of the patient’s recorded prescription history. Using a video camera and audio headset, pharmacists provide face-to-face counseling. Pharmacists can also supervise inventory replenishment and operations of satellite pharmacies to maximize resources.

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Asteres’ 24/7 Automated Retail Store

Marketed by:
Asteres Inc (San Diego, CA)

The 24/7 Automated Retail Store is a one-stop wellness center designed to boost and automate sales in a range of retail settings. The vending machine–like booth provides an engaging interactive experience where shoppers can purchase a variety of heath and wellness products, receive coupons and samples, use retailer loyalty cards, and access retailer Web sites. For retailers, the booths offer opportunities to expand sales of front-end and other merchandise, promote products at the point of purchase, automate inventory management, and reduce shrink.

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Emdeon’s eRx Network

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Emdeon (Nashville, TN)

Technology vendor Emdeon boasts “the only ePrescribing network with market-based experience” in the area of controlled substances. Since 2007, Emdeon has participated in a multiyear research project with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to study the potential impact of e-prescribing of controlled substances on the US health care system. Currently, 500,000 physicians and 55,000 pharmacies participate in Emdeon’s eRx Network, which performs more than 5 billion health information exchanges per year. The company is working to accelerate the adoption of e-prescribing, especially for controlled substances, which it has called “the last major barrier” to widespread physician adoption.

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