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USP <800>

Posted by Angie Choiniere on Feb 13, 2020 8:04:27 AM

Today’s guest blogger is Angie Choiniere, a healthcare consultant specializing in Compliance, Risk and USP <800>. She is also a long time Rpharmy software user.

I am a both a proponent and user of Rpharmy’s suite of software products. In particular, I had the good fortune to be a part of the development of Rhazdrugs while working with Ochsner Health in Louisiana. But before I tell you why I am such a fan, I think it’s important to set some context as to why this type of software is so critical in healthcare today.

The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) is a non-profit organization that is focused on improving global health through public standards and programs to ensure the quality, safety, and benefit of medicine and food. To date, much of the work of the USP has been focused on pharmacies themselves, ensuring strength, quality and purity of medicines as well as providing regulations for things like compounding, and labeling. The first practice and quality standards that protect the safety of healthcare personnel from exposure became effective December 1, 2019 with USP Chapter <800>, an enforceable regulation that focuses on all healthcare personnel and entities that receive, store, compound, dispense, transport or administer hazardous drugs.

All day, every day, healthcare workers are exposed to drugs that are hazardous to their health. It is part of the job. But with USP <800> compliance, entities can minimize the risk and exposure through information, engineering controls, work practice changes, education and training. In an effort to be compliant, I have seen organizations with massive spreadsheets, War and Peace-sized three ring binders, and all methods of attempting to keep relevant information in a single, accessible place. If you are a nurse working with a patient, you don’t have time to flip through reams of paper. You need information fast and you need that information written in clear, easy to understand language.

I was already working with Rpharmy, using their formulary product, when they came to me with their idea for a central, easy to access system for access, storage and maintenance of the information needed to support being USP <800> compliant, including cataloging exceptions through Assessments of Risk. Not only that, but it could be used by all measure of healthcare workers and providers, from pharmacies to hospitals and even veterinary clinics. I was honored to provide feedback and input as part of the development of the software.

Today, that idea is up and running as Rhazdrugs. The software is pure genius and easily the industry standard. Hospitals and healthcare facilities do not have the financial or human resources to create this type of program themselves. If your facility is not yet USP <800> compliant or if your teams are tired of having to search for the information they need, call Rpharmy and ask about Rhazdrugs. It will be the best phone call you make today.

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Topics: Rhazdrugs, USP <800>

Protecting Privacy

Posted by Laura Paxton on Feb 6, 2020 8:00:00 AM

We believe that information is power for patients and caregivers. In fact, that is the very foundation of Rpharmy and our products. Equally important, however, is the trust our customers have in us to protect their right to confidentiality.

In 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services proposed some changes to regulations that would give patients easier access to their medical information. On the surface, this is a great way for people to have more control over their own healthcare. What is not clearly communicated in these new regulations are the risks that come with the electronic transmission of confidential medical information from one provider to another, one system to another. If one of these providers is using a third-party server like Google to house information, who else can have access to that information? Suddenly, private medical information becomes currency.

A little over a decade ago, we were approached by someone who wanted to pay for customer information in our database indicating that we could make a healthy profit if we would sell that data. The information Rpharmy receives from our customers is private…period. In fact, we have language in our contracts to highlight the fact that we do not sell our customers’ information.

We know that there is a lot of work going on to find a universal, secure way to give patients easy access to medical information so that they are empowered to take control of their care. And we support patient access – if they give permission and we can all be assured that the access is secure.

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Topics: Company, Policy

Focus for 2020

Posted by Laura Paxton on Jan 30, 2020 7:06:34 AM
Happy New Year! We hope that the end of the year brought you time for rest and reflection. It certainly did for us.

We have nearly 30 years of history behind us as a company and we have spent a great deal of time thinking about the year ahead.  We start 2020 with a new name and an expanded suite of products. But we have to ask ourselves, what is the next chapter for Rpharmy and what should we be focused on in 2020 and beyond?

Focus.

That resonated as a theme for us because as we thought about our business, everything we are doing from a strategy perspective is meant to drive three areas of focus: 

  • Supporting and Growing Existing Customer Relationships. Serving our customers has always been a priority, but we know we can do more.
  • Cultivating New Customer Relationships. Our products ensure the safety of patients and practitioners. Rpharmy helps to complete the circle of care. We know there are businesses and institutions that would benefit from what we have to offer.
  • Continuing to Drive Innovation through the Evolution of Our Suite of Products. We need to understand how we can make the products we have even better and where there are gaps that new software solutions may fill.
None of this happens without a fourth, foundational focus – listening. Much of what we have done to date is because we took a moment to listen – to our customers, to potential customers, to industry experts, to patients who have benefitted from our products, to our people. We intend to go headlong into 2020 listening and learning. Together we will accomplish great things.

Be sure to check out next week’s blog as we address a very important topic – Protecting Customer Privacy.
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Topics: Insider, Company

The Importance of Customer Service

Posted by Laura Paxton on Dec 19, 2019 7:31:55 AM

I want to start by thanking those of you who came by to see us at our booth at ASHP Midyear last week in Las Vegas. We had the opportunity to see many of our existing customers and meet some new people as well. What a great place to engage with like-minded folks and share thoughts and ideas about some of the challenges we are facing in our industry.

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Topics: Company

Hazardous Drug Exposure

Posted by Laura Paxton on Dec 5, 2019 7:30:00 AM

Rpharmy was started to help practitioners ensure the safety of their patients as it relates to the administration of medication. As we started talking to our customers, we began asking ourselves, who is taking care of the caregivers?

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Topics: Company, Rhazdrugs

Gratitude

Posted by Laura Paxton on Nov 27, 2019 7:00:00 AM

I don’t want to take too much of your time this week because it is a holiday week after all. But I was compelled to put a short message together this morning when I sat down at my desk and looked over the top of my computer at a bulletin board on the wall.

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Topics: Company

Introducing Rpharmy

Posted by Laura Paxton on Nov 15, 2019 8:24:15 AM

For nearly 30 years, Formulary Productions has been a leading provider of medication safety information. My husband, John, and I invested in this company because we have experienced firsthand the pain of losing a loved one due to misinformation or just plain missing information about medications and their potential complications.

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Topics: Insider, Company

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