Technology Product News

AUGUST 10, 2011

KL1 Compact Tablet Counter

Marketed by: Kirby Lester

Kirby Lester unveiled the KL1 compact tablet counter, the pharmacy automation provider’s smallest and most affordable tablet counter. Ideal for space-constrained pharmacies, the KL1 measures 6 in wide by 12 in high and weighs in at just 6 lb—a compact design inspired by feedback from the company’s 40,000 customers. It features Kirby Lester’s fast counting technology, which can count any oral solid at a rate of 15 to 18 tablets per second. The KL1 is also equipped with innovative features, such as inventory mode, which keeps count while the tray is being emptied, a partial pill and dessicant indicator to maintain filling integrity, and an ergonomically designed tray with left and right pouring.

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Marketed by: RxEOB

AutoAuthRx is a new technology that automates the entire pharmacy prior authorization process, allowing end-to-end pharmacy utilization management. The collaborative platform, designed by RxEOB, automates intake, routing, criteria verification, letter generation, and approval processes while integrating full prescription history, benefit, and eligibility information for each patient. AutoAuthRx integrates with RxEOB’s suite of work flow–enhancing technologies, including RxEFormulary, an application that consolidates formularies maintained by PBMs and health plans, and RxMonitor, an analytics and reporting tool that delivers pharmacy metrics to employers, health plans, and PBMs.

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Marketed by: GreatCall

Greatcall, creator of the Jitterbug phone for seniors, launched MedCoach, an easy-to-use medication management application for iPhone and iPad. Using MedCoach, patients can set a medication schedule prescribed by their physician, receive reminders when it’s time to take a dose, look up medications in the First Databank national drug database, track adherence to their prescriptions, and connect to their pharmacy for automatic refills. The app also provides 24/7 access to live, personal assistance via e-mail to GreatCall’s HIPAA-compliant customer support team. All patient information is kept private using GreatCall’s secure SAS70 Type II infrastructure. MedCoach is available for free in the Apple App Store.

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Marketed by: Innovation

Innovation introduced PharmASSIST OPTIx, an optical counting and imaging technology that allows pharmacies to automate the counting and processing of all medications and perform remote prescription verification. PharmASSIST OPTIx takes a high-resolution image of each prescription’s vial contents and label. Images are automatically displayed on a designated pharmacist’s workstation, which can be located anywhere—for example, in a counseling booth, offsite at another pharmacy, or even in a home office. To complete the verification, the pharmacist compares these images with the drug’s corresponding entry in a standardized database. In addition to countable medications, PharmASSIST OPTIx handles noncountable products, such as ointments, creams, liquids, syringes, and inhalers, for prescription filling and remote verification. The system can be used on its own or integrated with Innovation’s PharmASSIST Symphony work flow systems.

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