I attended National Health IT Week in Washington DC. There were a number of seminars and meetings focused on the growth of health IT in the United States.
Our society’s focus on natural and organic products that promote health has directed scrutiny to chemicals used as preservatives. What is the issue with preservatives?
Any baseball player will tell you how difficult it is to ensure that the ball hits the “sweet spot” on the bat. But their troubles pale in comparison to health system supply chain or value analysis committees.
They say, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Nowhere is this truer than in the safety net where challenges are magnified by financial pressures, lack of resources and an unknown political landscape. The invention we see there is a far cry from the glamorous world of “think-tank” and “start-up” innovation. Instead, people have to come up with new and better ways of doing things just to get through the day.
The idea that pharmacists should act as care providers has been a part of the healthcare industry discourse for quite some time and has been steadily gaining momentum in recent years.
Regardless of the healthcare setting, the “reason for use” for a medication is essential to evaluating a prescription or drug order. With the growth of electronic health records, computerized physician order entry and electronically transmitted prescriptions, it would seem that associating a drug indication with each prescription is finally feasible.
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