pharmacy technology products
DS6707 Handheld DigitalScanner
Symbol Technologies (Holtsville, NY)recently introduced the DS6707 HandheldDigital Scanner designed for barcodescanning and image capture in amultitude of environments. Pharmacies,retailers, and manufacturers can use thedevice to scan bar codes and capture,store, and instantly recover documentsand images for increased productivityand streamlined business operations.Designed to help reduce capital andoperating expenses, the DS6707 HandheldDigital Scanner eliminates the needto purchase, manage, and support additionalservices such as digital cameras,document scanners, and separate barcodescanners for varying symbologies.Whether employees need to read 1-dimensional,2-dimensional, PDF417, orpostal codes, the scanner maximizesemployee productivity with omnidirectionaldata capture capabilities. Thedurable product also features textenhancementtechnology that sharpensthe clarity of scanned documents, suchas prescriptions or shipment labels thatoften include small print, to automateprocesses and reduce administrativecosts. For more information, visitwww.symbol.com.
HBS Chain-Host System
Health Business Systems Inc‘s(Warminster, Pa; a subsidiary of SXC) HBSChain-Host System is ideal for multisitepharmacies with a need to share centraldatabase information. The system is perfectfor both commonlyand individually ownedpharmacy structures,including both largechains and franchises or cooperatives.Many maintenance functions (eg, thirdpartyplan administration and drug-filemaintenance) can be performed by theHBS Chain-Host System and transmittedto each individual location. Each individualpharmacy has its own central processingunit with on-line communicationto a Host System via the Internet. TheHost System serves as a central datarepository of information for the group.Using the Internet as the communicationvehicle gives the HBS Chain-Host Systemthe ability to administer a large numberof widely dispersed locations. For moreinformation, visit www.sxc.com, or call800-444-1427.
GSL Solutions Inc (Vancouver, Wash)recently introduced the IntelliCab RadioFrequency Identification (RFID)-equippedWill-Call Storage and Retrieval System.The system combines RFID with GSL's proprietaryhardware and software(IntelliTrak) to allow pharmacies to physicallytrack prescriptions through everystage of the prescription-filling process,from labeling to pickup, without significantlyaltering the work flow or requiringadditional scanning by employees. GSL'sIntelliTrak System uses RFID tags. Oncethe label is generated and associated witha GSL "SmartBasket," RFID readersinstalled at each work zone automaticallytrack the prescription's location. Once thescript is verified by the pharmacist, pharmacyclerks place the basket in one of theIntelliCab's storage compartments. Toretrieve the prescription, clerks need onlyto enter a few letters of the patient'sname into the computer, and the systemlights the correct drawer and compartment.LED lights and sounds confirm thatclerks are picking the correct prescriptionand warn when they pick the wrong one.IntelliCabs are designed to fit into existingpharmacy configurations. Their unique 3-dimensional design maximizes holdingcapacity for prescriptions and ensuresscript security. The RFID-equipped systemhelps pharmacy operators speed workflow, guarantee accuracy, and reducetransaction time. For more information,visit www.gslcorp.com.
NeoFax LLC (Raleigh, NC) recentlyintroduced NeoFax WebApp—a newbrowser-based software application. Thesoftware enables medical professionals toaccurately prescribe, compound, andadminister lifesaving drugs and parenteralnutrition solutions to critically ill infants.NeoFax WebApp provides on-line drugand parenteral nutrition dosing information,adverse effects, and medical referencesacross a broad range of medicineswith a convenient, easy-to-use Webbrowser interface. The application includesa patient-specific drug dosage calculatorthat calculates dosing intervalsusing gestational and postnatal ages,thereby helping reduce medication errorsand time for ordering and compounding.Customized default values and warningranges and compounding instructions areprovided. The Parenteral Nutrition Orderingsystem includes a pharmacy compounderinterface and provides nutrient,energy, osmolarity, and aluminum calculations,along with label printing to reducetime for ordering and compounding totalparenteral nutrition (TPN) solutions. Itguides order entry and archives TPN orderhistory. For more information, visitwww.neofax.com.