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Monthly Archives: December 2015


News Corner: Health IT Expectations in 2016

This past year continued the momentum for healthcare IT technology innovation that started more than a decade ago. 2015 was filled with “FHIR-drills” around ICD-10, the rocky transition from Meaningful Use Stage 2 to Stage 3, and an ongoing push…

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Learning From the Past: Avoiding Common Medication Mistakes in the New Year

Preventing medication errors is a central criterion for improving patient care and should be top of mind for every pharmacist, according to a recent piece in Pharmacy Practice News. In the article, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) has organized many…

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News Corner: AHRQ Reports Significant Decline in Hospital-Acquired Conditions

By Ken Perez, Vice President of Healthcare Policy, Omnicell According to a report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the rate of hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) fell by 17 percent over a four-year period, from 145 HACs per…

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Do Generic Drugs Increase Medication Adherence?

Generic drugs make up about 85% of human prescription drugs in the United States, according to FDA. A study done last year by CVS Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that new patients who started on a generic statin…

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Wearable Technology and Healthcare Apps Benefit Nurses and Patients

The U.S. Department of Defense recently announced that they’re providing $75 million over five years as part of a cooperative agreement to advance the United States’ effort in electronics manufacturing. Industry, academia and local governments will contribute an additional $90…

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New Programs to Safely Dispose of Unused Prescription Drugs

In the wake of recent headlines about the rise in prescription drug abuse across the U.S., hospitals and other healthcare institutions have been taking steps to crack down on drug shoppers and improve patient safety by focusing on more effective…

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Pharmacists Can Improve Communication in Transitions of Care

The importance of good communication in transitions of care cannot be stressed enough, and the pharmacist can play a crucial role in facilitating communication related to medication concerns. This point was highlighted during a recent panel session at the 2015…

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News Corner: 7 Ways to Improve Adherence for Patients on HIV Regimens

On World AIDS Day (December 1), Pharmacy Times published an article that listed seven ways pharmacists can help HIV-infected patients with medication adherence. The importance of consistently taking prescribed medications is especially critical for these individuals to prevent resistance to…

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4 Simple Strategies for Happier Patients and Higher HCAHPS Scores

Although every hospital strives to offer the highest level of care, most advanced technology and over-the-top experience for their patients, in most cases it’s just not possible due to budgetary constraints. The good news is that a large budget isn’t…

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