Is Your Hospital Interested in Joining the Specialty Pharmacy Trend? Here’s Five Things to Consider


Specialty pharmaceuticals continue to dominate drug approvals and purchasing. And while many hospitals operate a specialty pharmacy, there’s still room for growth. Here’s five questions to ask when considering if a specialty pharmacy is right for your hospital.


Ultrasound Infection Prevention: Balancing Essential Safety Measures and Cost Effectiveness


Due to expansion in applications and smaller point of care options, the use of ultrasound technology continues to grow. Though many clinicians may be familiar with what ultrasound equipment is, they may not be as familiar with the gel products used to properly operate these systems as well as important infection control practices related to them. Here are three essential considerations to ensure proper infection control practices related to ultrasound gel products.


The Future of Health Care: COVID’s Impact and the Change That Comes with It


For most of 2020, COVID-19 disrupted and significantly altered the infrastructure of the world’s industries, including health care delivery and services. But at what level can we expect health care to return to pre-pandemic levels? What are the long-term effects of the pandemic even as the virus generally abates while the new delta variant threatens? And what other drivers will factor into change? Here are several important trends along with what to expect.


Transforming to a High-Reliability Health Care Organization: Moving from Theory to Practice


Health care leaders frequently state their organization is on a high-reliability journey—but why? The simple explanation is the desire to have more reliable outcomes and overall performance. Achieving high reliability in health care though is a challenge due to the complexity and the dependency on human factors. The good news is that other highly complex and risk-prone industries have had success achieving high reliability and they provide great insights for health care organizations. Here are four pillars essential for high reliability.


Health Care as an Uncommon Good


American medicine is facing an identity crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic brought renewed attention to socioeconomic health disparities and turned up the heat on the question of whether health care is a right or a privilege. The financial strain on hospitals resulting from the temporary postponement of scheduled surgeries exposed a vulnerability caused by an inherently flawed payment system.


Changing the Conversation: Three Considerations to Strengthen Hospital Clinician Engagement and Retention


Back in March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic began, the needs of our nation’s clinical care teams looked much different than they do today. Here are three prominent considerations, which as part of an organization’s broader workforce strategy, can help shed light on how to retain and ensure a long and positive professional relationship with your clinical staff.


Caution: Flu Season Ahead! What You Need to Know for the 2021-22 Influenza Season and Getting Vaccinated


As we move into the 2021–22 influenza season with a surge in COVID-19, vaccination against both viruses will be critical. Despite a good track record for flu vaccines, we can and must do better. As a health care provider, you have a unique opportunity to lead by example as well as dispel these and other common vaccine misconceptions. Here’s what you need to know about this flu season and the importance of getting vaccinated.


Third Dose or Booster? Depends on Vaccine Versions and Variants


Now that the federal government is recommending that many COVID-vaccinated Americans receive booster shots starting this fall, it’s important to know what a “booster” is and how it differs from a “third dose”. As information is being reported in the media on these vaccines, it’s important to separate fact from fiction.


Hospital Outpatient Pharmacy is Alive and Enhancing an Integrated Patient Experience


Mark Twain once said, “the report of my death was an exaggeration.” And throughout history, that statement was misquoted many times by those wanting to embellish a misjudged outcome. Given recent news reports of the closing of some hospital retail pharmacies, that exaggeration sounds familiar, yet the outcome is more like a realignment of how the outpatient pharmacy is meeting the needs of health systems in a post-pandemic, transforming health care environment. While some health systems see advantages in selling to or partnering with retail pharmacy chains, others are identifying opportunities to develop their own outpatient pharmacy.


The Reemergent Rumblings of Consolidated Service Centers: Does it Make Sense for your Supply Chain?


There’s no doubt that the current pandemic has changed the way we think about many things in nearly all aspects of our lives, both personally and in our work. For hospital and health system supply chain leaders, that means continuing to manage the large amounts of personal protective equipment (PPE) that was once desperately needed and hard to find. The storage challenges that ensued became more permanent as states begin to mandate how much PPE hospitals were required to have on hand. With so much change and uncertainty, your approach to inventory management will need to change, too.