Last week I attended the Enforcement Committee meeting of the California Board of Pharmacy. The value of attending these meetings is hard to extract. It helps to have a solid knowledge of the language of the pedigree law, understanding of the standards and technology being considered to meet it, and the history of how we got where we are today. Even with all that on your side it takes a lot of concentration during the meeting and after it is over to put it all into perspective and find the value.
I will provide you with my thoughts on what Continue reading How To Make The Semi-Centralized Track & Trace Model A Reality
Last month I had the opportunity to see the presentation by Abbott Labs, McKesson, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and GHX about their recent and ongoing Network Centric ePedigree pilot. [NOTE: GS1 removed the PDF file from their website after my essay was published. See the comments below this essay for more. – Dirk.] I see that a presentation on the same topic is on the agenda for this week’s HDMA Track & Trace Technology Seminar. If you are attending that event, don’t miss that presentation because this pilot is an important one. I normally like to attend the HDMA event but I won’t be there this year due to a long-scheduled vacation.
The pilot implemented a “Centralized” Network Centric ePedigree (NCeP) system. Continue reading The Significance of the Abbott, McKesson and VA Pilot
At times like these I often think of an old movie from 1981 called “Modern Problems” which starred Chevy Chase as a hapless air traffic controller who faced problem after problem, some of which wouldn’t even have existed 20 years earlier. For some reason I can’t explain, I sometimes think of that movie when I’m about to click the “Publish” button on an essay. As soon as that button is clicked, my thoughts are instantly transmitted to the world (hundreds of people in the case of RxTrace) in a neat little package.
Almost immediately after clicking the Publish button on last Friday’s essay, “IBM Divests EPCIS and ePedigree Suite” I had thoughts of another possibility that IBM’s recent action might explain. Too late. My thoughts were already being read by people. A “modern problem”. Fortunately I can send this follow-up.
Like a commenter to my Friday essay, I wondered why IBM would chuck their entire traceability repository product if the problem were simply that ePedigree only makes sense for boutique solution providers? They could have just sold off the ePedigree application and kept the more generally marketable ITS product. There has to be more to it than that. Continue reading Could It Be The Cloud? More Thoughts On IBM’s Divestiture Of Its EPCIS And E-Pedigree Suite
In a recent essay I discussed GS1 Healthcare’s proposed Network Centric ePedigree (NCeP) models that are currently available for review and discussion by the industry. By the way, GS1 is giving everyone until December 15 to respond to a survey to provide them with your thoughts on the various NCeP models. To review the videos and respond to the survey click on this link.
In a somewhat related news item, Pharmaceutical Commerce recently published an online article by Nick Basta about the Global Healthcare Exchange’s (GHX) project to build a new prototype for a track and trace data exchange hub called “GHX updates progress on a prototype data exchange for track-and-trace“. That article was an update to a more in-depth article by Nick about the project from last April in the same online magazine called “Healthcare Exchange Bids for Prototyping a Track-and-Trace System“. Combined, the two very interesting articles describe the prototype that is now complete and ready for piloting.
In fact, the GHX prototype implements Continue reading Could This Be Your Future Track & Trace/ePedigree Exchange Solution?