Hospital Notes

By Gannon, Kathi | Drug Topics, May 5, 1997 | Go to article overview

Hospital Notes


Gannon, Kathi, Drug Topics


Kudos for Oddis

ASHP will honor its longtime leader at its annual meeting in June. A special tribute to Joseph Oddis, ASHP's retiring executive v.p., will be held during the opening general session on Monday, June 2. Oddis is retiring after serving the organization for 37 years. Henri Manasse, Ph.D., former v.p.health sciences at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, will officially take the reins July 1.

ASHP has a variety of other items on tap for the meeting, including a primer on how hospitals can set up their own PBMs and a session on using consultant pharmacy services. A session on medication errors will also be held.

For pharmacists with a special interest in automation: Automated Healthcare Inc. (AHI), a wholly owned subsidiary of McKesson Corp., will unveil new technology at the annual meeting that will make it easier for hospitals to connect their medical management technology.

Developed with Microsoft Corp.based technology, the new product is designed to allow hospital pharmacy departments to seamlessly connect automated drug distribution machines with pharmacy information systems. This will allow for an easier exchange of information using a common architecture, said AHI. Currently, these tasks often require sophisticated and expensive interface engines, said AHI.

Stepped-up security

A hospital in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., has changed its security in the aftermath of an anesthesiologist' diversion of anesthesia drugs while patients were on the operating table. The physician, who pleaded guilty, is currently serving a prison sentence. He admitted diverting the drugs to feed his own drug habit. …

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