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Collaboration Between Epic and Cerner Brings Hope that True Interoperability is Within Reach

According to HIMSS, “Interoperability describes the extent to which systems and devices can exchange data, and interpret that shared data.” Until now, discussion of interoperability in healthcare has centered on systems within a facility or across multiple facilities within a network,…

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News Corner: Legislation Reintroduced to Give Provider Status to Pharmacists

This past week, the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act was reintroduced by three senators from different states. This legislation aims to allow pharmacists to receive Medicare reimbursements for delivering immunizations and helping community members, especially seniors, adhere to…

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Medication Reconciliation Programs Shown to Reduce Readmissions

With growing concerns over readmission rates, many hospitals have chosen to take advantage of the value that pharmacists bring to the job by enlisting their services to set up medication reconciliation programs as part of the discharge process. These programs…

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Disruptive Medication Processes Lead to Increases in Errors

Interruptions and distractions are a constant in nursing, especially when it comes to the medication ordering and administration process. To ensure optimal patient safety, the medication pass process should remain uninterrupted, however many disruptions are largely unavoidable. The very nature…

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Calling For A “Sixth” Patient Right

The five patient “rights” of nursing include the following: right patient, right medication, right dose, right time, and right route. To further improve patient safety and outcomes, healthcare professionals and researchers at Brigham and Women’s Health are proposing a “sixth”…

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Polypharmacy: What Providers Need to Know

In the U.S., instances of polypharmacy—or taking five or more medications—have increased 70% among individuals over the age of 65 in the last 12 years. With chronic conditions on the rise, and the average life expectancy growing, managing multiple medications…

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Tackling Readmissions: The Role of Pharmacists in Reducing Readmissions

In part three of this series we look at the role pharmacists can play in reducing avoidable readmissions. The clinical process of care and patient experience–both of which have pharmaceutical implications–make up 45 percent and 30 percent of hospitals’ performance…

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Pharmacists: Filling Prescriptions and Patient Care Gaps

The number of Americans battling diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and other chronic diseases has been steadily increasing. Meanwhile, the amount of primary care providers (PCPs) handling these diseases is decreasing. As the gap between patient needs and available resources continues…

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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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