All pharmacy professionals must stay one step ahead of savvy criminals intent on exploiting the fertile medical information landscape.
Pharmacy security encompasses a variety of physical, policy, and technological approaches to ensure the safety of pharmaceutical agents and to guard against diversion and theft.
Health information technology can help cardiac patients monitor their own condition and transmit the data back to their team of clinicians, including the pharmacist, cardiologist, and primary care clinician.
In order for health information technologies to have maximum positive impact on medical outcomes, it is necessary to ensure that they are able to "talk" effectively to each other.
The eagerness of adolescents to adopt
technology applications creates a unique opportunity to engage this
population and empower them
Pain specialists can now prescribe treatments that attack
moderate-to-severe chronic pain using targeted electromedical
modalities, such as spinal cord stimulators, electroanalgesic delivery
systems, and pulsed radiofrequency therapies.
Health information technology is
impacting clinical neurology in the areas of stroke treatment and home
monitoring of patients using blood thinners; it also offers exciting
potential in the management of patients with epilepsy.
Health information technology has the potential to impact
medication management, care coordination, and management of comorbid
in behavioral health.
To reduce the risk of fraud and
diversion, the DEA sets forth stringent requirements for all parties
involved in the e-prescribing transaction of a controlled substance.
Privacy of behavioral-health records helps patients avoid social stigma and discrimination.
Health information technology now provides easy, real-time
access to high-quality data and decision support to link patient care
with the information needed to improve outcomes.
Electronic transmission of prescriptions has the potential to reduce mistakes.
There is still work to be done to reduce or eliminate “alert fatigue.”
Many records kept in pharmacies meet the definition of protected health
information; hence, pharmacy systems must satisfy HIPAA standards for
privacy and security.
Only true computer-to-computer electronic data interchange using a nationally accepted standard is defined as genuine e-prescribing.
This new column focuses on the electronic revolution and its potential for shaping the pharmacist's role in providing quality care.
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