RBC 2019 with Cardinal Health kicked off this week and Thursday is the first day for attendees to visit the Exhibit hall. This year, RMS is debuting a brand new booth and teaching pharmacies about some great new features.
This is awesome for anyone happening to be at RBC this week. But...if you aren't, here's a sneak peek at some of things we're sharing.Read More
A couple of years ago, I decided that I wanted to be better at baking. I invested in some supplies, bought a few recipe books and spent my spare time obsessing over baking shows and how-to articles. Today, I'm still on my quest for baking excellence, and my RMS co-workers are often subjected to whatever recipe I'm trying to perfect.
So , when one of our front office staff mentioned a craving for brownies, I thought I'd whip up a batch. My brownie recipe is tried, true, and always a crowd favorite. (Assuming I can get out of the house with a tray intact). One problem, I didn't have the same chocolate that I usually make the recipe with. But no big deal, I had something I could sub in. It wasn't up to my normal standards, but I thought it couldn't matter that much. It was getting melted down and mixed with half a dozen other ingredients. Plus if it worked, I'd save some money every time I made that recipe.
The results? Complete disaster.Read More
Have you ever played a game without fully understanding the rules? Frustrating right? You get the concept and the end goal but the first time or two you play there's confusion, arguing with team mates and opponents alike, and just a general feeling of exasperation.
Whether we're playing a board game or trying to understand the concept of Frisbee golf for the first time, there's only one thing that gets you through those first awkward attempts. Understanding how the game is supposed to be played.Read More
For a long time, I disdained the pressure cooker hype. To me, it seemed like one extra, and very large, piece of equipment to take up space in my kitchen. But when my trusty slow cooker bit the dust I decided to buy one of those all in one do everything instant pots. I was still pretty sure I’d never use the pressure cooker function. I’d never cooked that way and didn’t see a reason to start.
But eventually, a lack of planning and absence of time had me giving something new a try. And as a result, discovering I’d been wasting a lot of time and energy because I hadn’t recognized the inefficiency in the way I was doing certain things.
My point here is that doing something the long way doesn’t mean it’s better. Seems obvious, but sometimes we get so mired down in the way we do things that we don’t stop to ask ourselves an important question. Shouldn’t this be easier?
If you’re looking at some of the workflows in your pharmacy, and you start to ask yourself this question, you’re likely going to find yourself saying “yes” at least a few times. And maybe lot more. But at the same time, you may wonder whether it’s worth it to invest the time, effort or money into changing workflows around. Here are some helpful qualifications to get you on the right track.Read More
If you dive down the rabbit hole of trying to better your business in any meaningful way, you're going to run into the idea of "strategy". It's become so prevalent it almost seems like a buzzword. And it's easy to start to think it might not really apply. After all, you're not playing a board game or planning a hostile takeover. You're running a pharmacy. Do you really need to think about strategy?
At the most basic level, a strategy is not a game of chess. It's not you pitted against anyone else either. It's a plan that you use to achieve a goal.
But if it's that simple, and that sensible, why doesn't everyone use a more strategic approach to growth and profitability in their pharmacy? Well, like most things the big picture is just that. Way too big to tackle in one piece. Breaking it up into smaller pieces makes everything much more manageable. Here's how to do it.Read More
Getting rid of unnecessary clutter seems to be trending. From simple organization hacks, to purging your life of everything that doesn't bring you joy, or even tiny house living. The idea that less is more is taking over.
Whether you subscribe to this theory of less is more in your personal life, chances are there's at least one place that could benefit from a more minimalist approach.
The pharmacy counter is often stuffed to capacity. Counter top displays compete for space with point-of-sale equipment and you need more registers than you actually have space for.Read More
Cost vs. value is a tricky thing. How do you decide whether something is really worth the money you'll spend on it? It's a question we talk about often here at RMS, as pharmacy-point-of-sale isn't just an application and a bunch of new hardware. Point-of-sale is an investment in your pharmacy. And if you invest in the right POS system, your returns can be pretty big.
But where do those returns actually come from? How does money out of pocket for new technology in your pharmacy end up becoming a positive on your bottom line?Read More
This coming Fall, my kiddos will be starting Kindergarten. And even 5 months away, there's a flurry of preparation. I've filled out what feels like a mountain of paperwork, copied all of their records twice, and attended orientations meant to prepare the little ones and their parents for the upcoming change.
Throughout this process, I've realized just how much I've inadvertently been doing for my kids, rather than teaching them how. Little things like making sure that they can turn jacket sleeves right side out so they don't hold up the recess line or knowing that they can peel a banana on their own at lunch time.
These things just never seemed like a big deal. It's faster to help the kid get their coat on than it is to put down the car keys and take the time to walk them through doing it themselves. And when lunch is on the table, well it just makes sense to have it accessible from the start. But what felt easier at the time was really just past me finding a way to give me future me a massive headache.Read More
Two weeks ago I woke up, attempted to get out of bed and promptly fell on my face. While I'm not what you'd call graceful, this kind of clumsiness is definitely uncharacteristic. A trip to the doctor's revealed that I had an ear infection, which was doing all sorts of nasty things to my equilibrium.
While I knew that ear infections could cause balance problems and dizziness, I'd never actually experienced it for myself. I was a bit surprised that something that seemed to be impacting me so little in every other way was throwing me off of my game so much.
There are so many working pieces that keep us balanced. Both physically, in our personal lives and in our businesses. In your pharmacy, there are dozens of seemingly small or unconnected things that can throw your entire pharmacy business out of balance if you aren't careful.Read More