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The Future of Smart Hospitals is Now

The term “smart hospitals” is nothing new in healthcare, but new technologies are helping take this slowly building trend to a new peak. Electronic health record (EHR) adoption in the hospital is at an all-time high—with 96% of hospitals using…

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News Corner: Hospital Efforts Save 125,000 Lives, $28 Billion in Costs

Hospitals have increasingly focused their efforts on improving patient care while remaining cost conscious, and those efforts are paying off. A report from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) states that from 2010 to 2015, hospitals were able…

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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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Omnicell’s Signing of the ONC Interoperability Pledge

By Ken Perez, Vice President of Healthcare Policy, Omnicell Earlier this year, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) challenged the private sector to sign the Interoperability Pledge. The commitment is threefold: to support consumer access…

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News Corner: Industry Guidelines Enhance Standardization to Improve Patient Safety

Recent estimates from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Health and Medicine Division indicate that medication errors harm at least 1.5 million patients per year in the United States. A large portion of these errors can be attributed…

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News Corner: Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs: Guidelines or Requirements?

Over 10 years after the publication of the 2004 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Alert, “Preventing Occupational Exposure to Antineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drugs in Health Care Settings,” there remains a lack of emphasis on safe handling…

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Pharmacy Automation on the Rise

Reports are showing an increase in the adoption of pharmacy automation. This can be attributed to the crackdown on the increasing number of preventable medical errors, which, according to an article on WhaTech.com, pharmacists and healthcare providers are being tasked…

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News Corner: “Innovate or Die” and Other Trends from HIMSS16

Last week was the 54th annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition. This year’s show featured over 1,300 exhibitors, 40,000 attendees and a dozen specialty areas on the show floor. As in the past, data and healthcare interoperability continued to be major…

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ADCs and Patient Safety

A pharmacy director’s responsibilities don’t stop with the accurate dispensing of critical medicines to support treatment plans. They play a key role in promoting patient safety by working to prevent medication errors. One of the ways they accomplish this is…

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From Super Bowls to Super Storms: Automated Dispensing Cabinets for Mobile Emergency Care

One would not normally think of automated dispensing cabinets (ADCs) as being mobile. However, for one New Jersey medical institution they now are! As a result of the events of September 11th, Hackensack University Medical Center (UMC) received federal funding…

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