Pharmacists are charged with proper management of medication usage and they need to take a leading role in drug abuse. Multiple regulatory bodies, including the DEA, are enforcing stricter validation reports from hospital-pharmacies to reduce the amount of drug discrepancies that go unexplained. Instead of pouring over spreadsheets to examine exhaustive lists of medication data, pharmacists should spend more of their time and resources implementing preventative measures. Forward-thinking pharmacies have chosen to adopt business intelligence and analytics solutions to better enforce drug utilization within their organization.
Mishandling medication continues to be a problem within hospitals nationwide. Although organizations are heavily invested in password-protected drug dispensing machines and sophisticated strategies to prevent narcotics diversions, industry experts have estimated that millions of dollars were lost in recent years due to drug discrepancies. The cause? There is an apparent lack of timely and predictive insight into the vulnerabilities organizations face.
Medication-surveillance reports prepared with Viewics can save pharmacy and hospital administration significant time and money on drug utilization management. The first view shown to the left highlights the individual nurses who have used the control substance medication well above a predetermined expected usage.
The Viewics solution culls data from the medicine cabinets and stations throughout the hospital departments in real-time, maintaining an accurate and timely audit trail of medication expenditures. Pharmacy leaders can access this information and quickly address regulatory bodies in a matter of seconds.
Pharmacy machines and information systems provide static reports, and often times, there’s no easy way to track patterns or do root cause analysis on the risks and opportunities that pharmacies face. Many dispensing systems are able to provide a printed report on each individual user and the specific amount of medication they removed for a given time period. However, these tools do not alert management to suspicious activity and drug discrepancies.
Once specific outliers are identified with the Viewics report, users are able to drill-down into the details to identify causes of excessive narcotics usage. The two screenshots provided below show the ad hoc capabilities of the Viewics solution. In the Viewics product, users are able to highlight outliers of interest and drill down into details of each case – such as responsible parties, dates, times, etc.
Viewics offers dozens of pharmacy-based analytic templates out-of-the-box catered to the key needs of pharmacies. With Viewics, users have an automated medication audit solution to better address compliance concerns, as well as improve efficiencies within the pharmacy. The future of your pharmacy can be dramatically changed with information and insight into the areas you care about most.