Tackling Medication Waste in Corrections

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Talyst InSite™, the first pharmacy automation system designed specifically for correctional facilities, enables on-demand dispensing and saves nursing time.

Failing to leverage existing resources and technology to improve the corrections health care system is tantamount to letting crops rot during a famine

Every year, millions of dollars' worth of inmate medications and nursing staff hours are wasted. Inaccurate or incomplete patient information leads to errors ranging from wrong location to wrong medication, and outmoded, time-consuming dispensing practices are aggravated by a shortage of nurses that reaches a staggering 54 percent in some areas. Providing healthcare in a correctional environment also poses unique challenges in terms of security, timeliness, regulatory compliance, and exposure to potential liability.

In response to such pervasive concerns, Talyst, a leader in pharmacy automation systems, developed InSite™ for Corrections, the first pharmacy automation solution designed for use in correctional facilities.

"Failing to leverage existing resources and technology to improve the corrections health care system is tantamount to letting crops rot during a famine," said Carla Corkern, CEO of Talyst. "Providing on-demand medication dispensing with patient-specific packaging ensures the right patient gets the right medication every time. Talyst empowers facilities to virtually eliminate waste and medication errors and save enormous amounts of nursing time--all while improving inmate care."

With the system, Talyst places a freestanding, secure dispensing unit on-site at the correctional facility. Medication orders can be approved by a distant pharmacist, and immediately dispensed at the correctional facility. The automated system means no more waiting for the next delivery for STAT orders and, because it's based on actual usage, it requires less medication inventory on-hand. Facilities using the InSite system have also demonstrated that it takes nursing staff a fraction of the time previously required to dispense medications.

Nationwide, a growing number of correctional facilities are implementing the InSite Remote Dispensing System. Parkland Jail Health in Dallas, TX; the Allegheny Correctional Health System in Pittsburgh, PA; and Westchester Medical Center in New York State are the latest facilities to begin implementing Talyst InSite for Corrections. Talyst announced the new implementations at the National Commission on Correctional Health Care conference last week at the Flamingo Las Vegas.

A comprehensive solution:
InSite for Corrections brings efficiency and greater control to medication storage, access and delivery processes in correctional facilities. Its components and capabilities include:

  •     Accurate order entry - InSite Prescriber Order Entry is designed to dramatically reduce transcription errors that lead to patient-safety risks
  •     Integrated patient information - InSite Pharmacy Information System automates the pharmacy operations to maximize efficiency and ensure patient safety
  •     Automated dispensing - The InSite Remote Dispensing System provides on-site, on-demand automation for preparing patient-specific oral medication doses

About Talyst:
Talyst is engineering the safer pharmacy. The company was founded in 2002 to provide easy-to-use, automated medication management systems to acute care hospital pharmacies. The following year, Talyst launched AutoPharm®, the innovative software platform designed to integrate medication storage, inventory, ordering, barcoding, and clinical systems.

By 2009, Talyst had installed automated systems in close to 400 acute care hospitals and integrated healthcare companies. By leveraging our expertise in acute care pharmacy automation, we are now building unique systems designed specifically to meet the needs of long-term care facilities and correctional institutions. Talyst is dedicated to delivering world-class software and proven hardware components to enhance efficiency, provide greater inventory control, and improve patient safety in all environments. For more information, see http://www.talyst.com or call 877-4-Talyst (877-482-5978).

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