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Friday, February 19, 2010

St. Francis pharmacy manager honored as ‘Hero’ by Patient Safety Coalition

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Patient Safety Coalition has recognized Alan Alfrey, pharmacy manager at St. Francis Hospital-Mooresville, for his software program that ensures proper and safe medications are provided to patients.

Alfrey received the Coalition’s Patient Safety Hero Award for developing and implementing the RxVerify software to prevent medication restocking errors.

The software uses the medication barcode to verify that pharmacy technicians properly restock medications in anesthesia and labor and delivery trays, medication kits, emergency drug boxes, and other specialty kits. The program also prevents restocking with medications that are expired or near expiration.

In the past, verifying that the right drug is in the right slot with the right concentration in hospital trays was done manually. Now, on-screen color coding and audio alerts indicate a match or mismatch.

This innovative application is used at St. Francis’ Mooresville, Indianapolis and Beech Grove hospitals.

St. Francis Chief Medical Officer Alan Gillespie, M.D. (left), congratulates Alan Alfrey on his Patient Safety Hero Award, honoring his development of an innovative pharmacy software.