Blood Donation Gap and Pharmacists' Role

Blood Donation Gap and Pharmacists' Role

It is important that people donate blood regularly, not only to save others’ lives, but also for their own health. Blood donations are particularly urgent for people who suffer from medical conditions or experience big incidences that make them in need for blood transfusions, such as those that have leukemia, aplastic anemia, or have been involved in vehicle accidents. The Canadian Blood Services, which is based in Ottawa, accepts year round blood donations. However, their policies are changing which might result in restricting or discouraging people to donate blood.

Standards Interoperability - Part 1

Standards Interoperability - Part 1

Data standards are the agreement on the representation and formatting of data to be consistent across different systems. Interoperability is the ability for systems to communicate and exchange information to each other from anywhere and anytime;(1) on demand and in real-time; interoperability will be achieved when there are standards implemented and followed.

Pharmacists in eHealth

Pharmacists in eHealth

This question has ever becoming a an inflating bubble since the health care systems are lingering into ehealth and health IT. Many primary care physicians have some kind of an EMR where they can properly and consistently manage their patients’ medical history, diagnoses, lab results, medications, etc.

KPIs in Health Care

KPIs in Health Care

Many people might not of heard of the term KPI or key performance indicators. KPIs are very popular in the business world, but are they known or used in health care? Most importantly, are they reliable?

The Fax Machine, can it be replaced?

The Fax Machine, can it be replaced?

I’ve seen a lot of times in the pharmacy we have to print the prescription, write a note or description of a problem or question the patient or pharmacist has, and then fax it to the physician’s office to get a signature.