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Print Monitor Option Helps Albany Medical Center Hospital Pharmacy Match Patients To Meds.

Albany Medical Center

Michael Belemjian knew a challenge when he saw it. The Pharmacy Director of the Albany Medical Center Hospital needed a tool to bring his department into the 21st century. When hospital management announced a plan to embark on a major modernization effort, adding bed-side bar code scanning among other initiatives to bring the 631-bed hospital into the future, Belemjian needed a way to add bar codes to his existing forms without modifying any application programs. A long time user of McKesson Series, an AS/400-based pharmacy management software application, Belemjian turned to CYBRA for help. MarkMagic SM@RT Forms Software with the Print Monitor Option was just what the doctor ordered.



First, Medication Administration

MMBelemjian and pharmacist Rob Davis used MarkMagic SM@RT Forms Software to replace the outdated hand-written Medication Administration Record system. Because McKesson Series was capable of outputting the MAR forms on greenbar paper, Belemjian and Davis were able to easily create print monitors to watch McKesson Series output queues. They now print 1,800 MAR forms a day using 27 print stations that are tied to 27 different MarkMagic monitors. .




Next, IV Drug Labeling Albany Label

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After rolling out the Medication Administration Record, the next project to be updated was the IV medication labeling system.

Once again Belemjian and Davis are using MarkMagic to create bar code labels to replace the dot matrix labels produced by the McKesson Series system. Using the JMagic select all function, then linking a bar code to the patient ID field, the old labeling system was mofied in minutes. Belemjian is creating print monitors to watch the old label output queues and they will print bar code labels on Zebra printers replacing outdated IBM 5224 models.

Today, Albany Medical Center is the only academic health sciences center in the 25 counties of eastern New York and western New England. The Medical Center incorporates the 631-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, one of upstate New York's largest teaching hospitals. As a "tertiary care hospital," - a hospital prepared to care for the most seriously ill and injured patients - Albany Medical Center Hospital maintains Albany Labelseveral unique regional resources, including the NYS-designated regional trauma center, the NYS-designated regional perinatal care center, the region's only bone marrow, kidney, and pancreas transplantation programs, and the area's only NYS-designated AIDS treatment center. The Hospital also houses in the only children's hospital in Northeastern New York State. Tools such as MarkMagic help ensure Albany Medical Center can continue to serve eastern New York and western New England for years to come. .

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