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Laura Paxton

Laura Paxton
After years spent in sales, marketing, and strategy at Fortune 50 companies, I had the opportunity to create a company that reflected our values. Throughout the years we have developed highly configurable software to place formulary, patient safety, and healthcare worker safety (USP 800) information at the point of care. We believe that when we develop software in cooperation with our clients we arrive at the best and most consultative solutions to improve patient safety, medication safety, and employee safety.
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COVID-19 Resources Letter

Posted by Laura Paxton on Mar 26, 2020 5:23:42 PM

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 (support@formweb.com) 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.

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Topics: Company

Top 10 USP <800> Resources on the Internet

Posted by Laura Paxton on Mar 5, 2020 7:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Rhazdrugs, USP <800>

How Compliant Do You Want To Be?

Posted by Laura Paxton on Feb 20, 2020 8:00:00 AM

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.

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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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