Pharmacy automation continues to play key role in USAF pharmacy strategy

Innovation, makers of PharmASSIST® pharmacy automation solutions, today announce that the Fairchild Air Force Base (AFB) pharmacy in Washington State has implemented the PharmASSIST Light-Way™ storage and retrieval system with initial use as a will call management system for prescription storage and patient pickup.

“We’re extremely pleased with how quickly and smoothly this initial installation and end-user training of PharmASSIST Light-Way went at Fairchild AFB. Feedback has been very positive with the staff touting Light-Way’s user friendliness as key to their early productivity,” said Chris Cole, program manager, federal healthcare, Innovation. ”As with any new product we introduce, we’re actively soliciting user feedback from their team with a goal of continually improving the product in the various modalities it supports.”

The PharmASSIST Light-Way pick-to-light technology offers a simple means of placing and picking prescriptions into the system’s storage locations (i.e., cubbies/slots). All picking and placing is controlled via barcode scanning and guided with pick-to-light queuing, which reduces the opportunity for human error. All storage locations are size configurable and light up when users place prescriptions into the locations or when a patient presents at the pick-up window. The system is fully integrated with the pharmacy’s PharmASSIST Symphony® workflow management platform, which is used throughout US Air Force Pharmacy.

Moving forward, Innovation foresees expanded use of PharmASSIST Light-Way as a productivity tool at other steps in the prescription fulfillment process. For example, the system has the capability to be used to collate prescriptions between filling and verification, and also for inventory management for picking fast moving inventory at manual filling stations to speed up the manual filling process.

Innovation is the leading provider of Pharmacy Intelligence and pharmacy automation to the retail, hospital, government, and mail order pharmacy markets. Our PharmASSIST family of pharmacy automation and process optimization solutions enable all types of pharmacies to increase operational efficiency, enhance patient safety, and provide a higher quality of patient care.

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