Citizens Memorial Healthcare was awarded a $457,500 grant last month from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fund educational projects and expand health care services in rural Missouri.
CMH received the grant for a program to manage medications. Rural residents can connect to a pharmacist in the evening and from remote locations with what's called a telepharmacy. The program computerizes managing prescriptions and improves the time it takes to review medication orders. The award was received by Susan Sanders, telehealth coordinator for CMH.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Idaho Pharmacy Regulations Revamp Provides for Remote Supervision of Technicians, More Changes Later
REWRITING THE RULE BOOK The board is nearing the end of a three-year effort to rewrite the rules governing pharmacies and other places that dispense medications, such as hospitals and nursing homes. The agency wants to dump the 102 pages of rules created over the years to eliminate antiquated language and extend regulation to some areas that haven’t had it before.
PROPOSED MAJOR CHANGES Two areas the board hopes to regulate more closely are telepharmacies and machines that dispense medications.
Telepharmacies permit pharmacy technicians to fill prescriptions under the supervision of a pharmacist, usually some distance away. In some cases, the technician may be in a small hospital that has a pharmacist for only a short period each day. Idaho has a couple of pilot programs now in telepharmacy. As the programs expand, the state will look at regulations. The machines dispense medications either to pharmacists filling prescriptions or to customers who come into a pharmacy to pick up prescribed medications. Pharmacists can put filled prescriptions into the machines that customers can access with a personal code, ending the need to stand in a long line.
THE PROCESS The board hopes to go to the Legislature in January to repeal the existing rules.
HOW YOU CAN BE HEARD A meeting is planned at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 22, at the Idaho State Board of Pharmacy office, 1100 Shoreline Lane, Suite 300, Boise. Comments may also be directed to Mark Johnston, executive director, at email@example.com.
TO LEARN MORE Go to the Board of Pharmacy’s website at http://bop.accessidaho.org.
Friday, April 08, 2011
Friday, April 01, 2011
This session describes the operation of a telepharmacy medication dispensing system that provides medication dispensing services among a network of six community health clinics. After attending this session, participants will have a clear picture of how telepharmacy technology can be applied to dispensing of medications and may be able to apply some of the knowledge and practice experiences learned in this session into their dispensing practices. At the conclusion of this activity, the participant will be able to: 1. Describe the operational components of a telepharmacy system; 2. Identify the regulations and protocols that enable a telepharmacy to operate; 3. Describe the advantages and challenges of using a telepharmacy for dispensing services in an ambulatory/community setting; 4. Review potential telepharmacy error sources and suggest methods to reduce dispensing errors; 5. Discuss telepharmacy service patient satisfaction and service outcomes. Universal Activity Number: 0203-0000-11-009-L04-P; 1.25 contact hours
Friday, March 18, 2011
Mayo Health System hospital pharmacies – remote after hours order entry –Variance Committee recommends approvalo Fairmont Medical Center 200992-002o Lake City Medical Center 261637-001o Springfield Medical Center 200325-001o St James Medical Center 200891-001o Waseca Medical Center 200753-1o Immanuel St Joseph Hospital 200743-001
Thursday, March 17, 2011
European Association of Hospital Pharmacists 2011 Vienna Congress Lecture Will Touch on Telepharmacy
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Notice Description:Telepharmacy Coverage for Wellington Health Care Alliance
Wellington Health Care Alliance is a relationship between North Wellington Health Care and Groves Memorial Community Hospital. We operate three sites:
Louise Marshall Hospital, Mount Forest
Palmerston District Hospital, Palmerston
Groves Memorial Community Hospital, Fergus
Term of Contract will be 1 year from May 1, 2011 to April 30, 2012
• To provide telepharmacy coverage for 2 corporations and 3 hospitals that includes medication order review and pharmaceutical advice to staff and physicians
The Prowers Medical Center Board of Directors approved obtaining USDA grant funding to place a tele-pharmacy service at the Holly Medical Clinic. The tele-pharmacy will allow people who receive treatment at the Holly Medical Clinic to get medicine from the tele-pharmacy. Described as similar to an ATM, the machine will be located in the Clinic and will allow those who receive treatment at the Clinic to get their medications in Holly, rather than driving 30 miles to Lamar to refill or obtain new authorized prescriptions. The machine will require identification and will be a benefit to those who live a long distance from Lamar, Prowers Medical Center CEO Jim Fairchild said. It is not the hospital's goal to take business away from pharmacies, he added. Installing the tele-pharmacy machine will simply benefit those patients who can't make the trip to Lamar, Fairchild said.