LINCOLNS BIRTHDAY EDITION 16th Edition Written
& Edited by Bruce Clutcher, R.Ph., Senior Consultant, SSG
- When he was seven years old, his family was forced out of
their home because of a legal technicality. He worked to support them.
- At age nine, his mother died.
- At 22, he lost his job as a store clerk.
- At 23, he went into debt to be a partner in a small store.
Three years later, his partner died, leaving him with a debt that took many years to
- At 33, he ran for Congress and was defeated.
- At 35, he ran again and was defeated.
- At 37, he was elected.
- At 39, he ran again and failed to be re-elected.
- At about this time, he suffered a nervous breakdown.
- At 41, adding heartache to his unhappy marriage, his 4
year-old son died.
- At 42, he was rejected as a Land Officer.
- At 45, he ran for Senate and lost.
- At 51, Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United
The following INVISION LIVEs took place since the last
- High Planes Baptist/St. Anthonys Hospital of Amarilo,
TX went live on INVISION Pharmacy (ICO) 3/31/96 (Mel Glas and Bert Frazier).
- University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galviston, TX
went live on INVISION Med/IV Orders physician install model April 96. Physicians
will enter Rx orders on INVISION, printing out physician order sheets in the pharmacy.
Pharmacists will then enter the physician order on the stand-alone Pharmakon Pharmacy
- Providence Hospital (Sisters of Providence) in Holyoke, MA
went live on INVISION Pharmacy 5/7/96 (Bruce Clutcher).
- Bay Medical Center in Bay City, MI went live on SMS
Pharmacy, INVISION Med/IV Orders, Med/IV Charting and the SMS Pharmacy to INVISION Med/IV
Orders interface (including the ADT and financial interfaces) 6/29/96. The hospital also
went live on Patient Management, Orders, Nursing, COR (no SMS Pharmacy COR interface),
Radiology and Care Chart. The hospital is charging on chart directly on the INVISION side
(i.e. not on SMS Pharmacy) and sending charges to an existing foreign financial system
- North Shore University Hospital at Glen Cove (Long Island)
went live 11/1/96 on SMS Pharmacy and the INVISION Med/IV Orders interface. Orders are
placed on SMS Pharmacy and sent over to INVISION for display by nursing. An MAR is
produced off SMS Pharmacy (Carol Hansen, Lorraine Tortora, Bruce Clutcher and Jim Terry).
SMS welcomed its latest pharmacists this summer:
- Dave Reinertsen, R.Ph. is working in Ken
Stewarts area as a Senior Product Analyst with the SMS Pharmacy marketing,
development and user's group efforts. Dave graduated with Bruce Clutcher from the
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 77 with a BS in Pharmacy. Dave
coordinated the installation of INVISION Pharmacy at Lankenau Hospital and Unity Pharmacy
at Haverford Hospital. Prior to joining SMS, Dave was the Assistant Director of Pharmacy
at Brandywine, Riddle Memorial and Haverford hospitals.
- Tim Speerhas, R.Ph. is an HSC for National
Implementations Pharmacy . Before Joining SMS, Tim worked at the University of Pittsburgh
Medical Center where he worked primarily in the oncology satellite. He worked with
Pharmakon and Pyxis while working at the medical center for 5 years. Tim also worked for
Allegheny General Hospital as a casual call pharmacist for a few years. Tim graduated from
Duquesne University in Pittsburgh in 1991.
- Eric Finocchiaro, R.Ph. - is an HSC for National
Implementation working out of his home in Syracuse, NY. Eric received his B.S. in Pharmacy
from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy in 1993 and a Master of Business
Administration in 1995 from University at Albany with a concentration in Management
Information Systems. Prior to joining SMS, Eric acted as a Pharmacy
Consultant/Implementation Specialist at the Keane Health Services Division, Melville, NY,
developing a standard implementation plan for hospital pharmacy system installs.
- Lorraine Tortora, R.Ph. is out of the New York
office as an Associate HSC focusing on SMS Pharmacy implementations. Lorraine work her
internship at the Coney Island Hospital after graduating from the Pharmacy School of St.
Johns University in 1995.
By Ken Stewart I'm sure you've been asked "Can the system print a drug
formulary for the medical staff?". Well sure, we have some standard formulary
reports, and we can use the DAS report writer or Ad Hoc tools to create a custom formulary
report. But we can't produce a professional pocket-sized drug formulary that includes
therapeutic equivalents, cost comparisons, drug policy/procedure, etc. That's exactly what
Formulary Productions does. They are a Memphis, TN based company that takes some basic
information from the Pharmacy drug masterfile, adds a lot of info that isn't maintained in
our system, and produces a very professionally printed pocket-size drug formulary for the
hospital. For example, Formulary Productions can add multiple brand names to the index
(i.e. not just the brand name downloaded by the hospital). Bruce Clutcher has worked with
Formulary Productions in the past, and brought them to my attention. They have done drug
formularies for a number of our customers, including: John's Hopkins Bayview, Ochsner
Foundation, University of Wisconsin, Presbyterian Medical Center (Phila.), and Washoe
Medical Center. We don't have a formal relationship with Formulary Productions because
there isn't enough sales volume to warrant the Allied Partner relationship. But we agreed
to informally recommend and point to them if we are asked about our ability to produce a
comprehensive drug formulary. Bruce and I have some product brochures that describe their
service in more detail which I'll distribute to all of you. If you have a
prospect/customer that is interested in this service please have them contact:
Fred Wimmer - President
2670 Union Ave. Extd., Suite 706
Memphis, TN 38112
Also, the University of Missouri has an internet web site
listing their hospital drug formulary. You can dial in and check out this hospitals
formulary at http://www.hsc.missouri.edu/formulary.