Several months ago, in this same space, one of our clients shared her perspective around USP <800>. She discussed the complexity of managing the volumes of critical safety information and the continuous influx of updates, additions and changes. We felt it was a topic worth revisiting as we continue the conversation around the relationship between the cost and benefits of Rpharmy’s Rhazdrugs software.
Online marketing 101 – if it takes someone more than three clicks to get somewhere, you’re going to lose a sale. After owning a SaaS-based company for more than 15 years, I wholeheartedly concur. But the stakes are much higher when those extra clicks compromise the safety of patients and their caregivers.
Last week we had the opportunity to explore the origins of PPE and the critical role it plays in keeping healthcare workers safe. This week, we thought we would talk about the costs related to PPE.
Personal Protective Equipment or PPE has been part of my vocabulary for nearly 30 years. But if I talked to someone outside of the healthcare industry about it prior to March 2020, they would have looked at me like I was speaking Greek. Today, PPE is one of the most ubiquitous three letter acronyms in the English language.
It has been a while since my last blog. It’s not been because we didn’t have anything to share. We simply decided that in times of crisis, it’s best to put your head down and focus on doing everything you can to support the customers you have. And that is exactly what we have been doing at Rpharmy.
Back in November, we announced that we were changing our name. What we are finding is that even long-time customers of our original software still don’t know that we have more to offer. Here’s that blog once again from November of last year. And a few pictures to help. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.
The world we find ourselves in today is beyond all comprehension and imagination. We are at a loss as to how we can do more to help our frontline healthcare workers through the COVID-19 crisis.
One thing we know for sure. This is not a time for sales and marketing. It is a time for all of us to lend a helping hand.
We have compiled a list of valuable COVID – 19 resources for you including important CDC updates, articles and videos, and we will happily add a link to your existing FormWeb homepage. We have several customers who have added a link on the FormWeb homepage to the hospital resource page for COVID -19. See below. If your FormWeb site is integrated with your EHR, this is a valuable place for this frequently used information.
To get started:
• Send us a quick email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let us know if you would like this added to your FormWeb homepage. If you want us to link to your intranet, send us the link.
• If you want to use the information we have compiled, tell us and it will be added.
Thanks to Legacy Health, Our Lady of the Lake, and Iredell Memorial for sharing your ideas.
There is no manual for this one. It is being written as we go. We need to continue to talk to each other and share best practices. The power of our collective knowledge is the best defense for our frontline healthcare workers and their patients.
There is excellent information in the public domain regarding USP <800>. We have compiled a list of frequently used links we see on our FormWeb and Rhazdrugs software customers. We hope that these sites might be useful.
I am so grateful to Angie for being our guest blogger last week and introducing a very important topic – USP <800> compliance.
I realize I am giving away my age, but I am part of a generation that still remembers driving around in a car without seatbelts. Our moms would reach across the front seat and hold you in your seat with her arm. We would slide across the back seat with your brothers and sisters on sharp turns. Then we got lap belts that gave way to three-point seat belts and airbags. And we resisted seatbelts at first, but now we feel unsafe without them.
In the healthcare world we have been using and handling these potentially hazardous medications for years without a seatbelt, so to speak. So why now do we have USP <800>? Because like the invention of seatbelts, we now know better and we can do better. And it’s an enforceable regulation.
There are a lot of ways for organizations to be compliant with USP <800>. An organization can please the inspectors and check the boxes or they can please the inspectors and check the box AND keep their employees safe. It is a choice. Many of the requirements for USP <800> can be met by placing binders and notebooks on shelves in a central location hoping they will be accessed. But wouldn’t it be so much better for everyone if this valuable safety information was accessible to employees at the point of care? That’s where Rhazdrugs comes in.
Rhazdrugs is a comprehensive list of hazardous drugs and a database that communicates hazardous drug disposal and handling to ensure healthcare worker safety across your entire organization. Hospital, pharmacy, veterinary clinic, skilled nursing facility – wherever it may be, Rhazdrugs provides critical information and much needed peace of mind so that healthcare workers can remain focused on their patients.
In my family we have three doctors, five nurses, and others who are employed in the healthcare sector. We are working hard to do our part to keep our loved ones informed and safe from harm. And we want to help you and your organizations to do the same.