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Pharmacy Technology is a significant part of the pharmacy industry's transformation to enable pharmacists to deliver better patient care. 

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Pharmacy Technology is a significant part of the pharmacy industry's transformation to enable pharmacists to deliver better patient care. 

    The Mission of TruePill | FutureDose.Tech

    The Mission of TruePill | FutureDose.Tech

    What is the Mission of TruePill? Listen in to this fascinating conversation with Dr. David Berkowitz & TruePill co-founder Sid Viswanathan. 

    Much of the tech stack connecting health care providers is antiquated and is in need of modernization. One of the companies helping to evolve the healthcare information highway is Truepill. Truepill got their start as the pharmacy fulfillment technology behind popular consumer brands like Hims/Hers and GoodRx.

    Since then, Truepill has expanded into other vertical spaces like telehealth and has created a comprehensive API-connected healthcare infrastructure to meet many of their customer’s needs.  Listen in as Dave speaks to Truepill’s CEO Sid Visawanathan, about how Truepill empowers their partners to deliver world-class patient experiences.

    Sid Viswanathan is the Co-Founder and President of Truepill. Alongside Co-Founder Umar Afridi, Sid founded Truepill in 2016 to revolutionize the pharmacy and healthcare industry. The company shipped its first prescription less than five years ago and has since expanded its services to deliver an end-to-end, direct-to-patient experience unlike anything else in the healthcare industry.

    In 2010, Sid founded his first company, CardMunch, a business-card scanning app which was acquired by LinkedIn soon after its founding. After its acquisition, Sid joined LinkedIn as Product Manager and saw CardMunch named one of Time Magazine’s Best Apps of 2012. Sid started his career in Johnson & Johnson’s Global Operations Leadership Development program, working in the medical device and pharmaceutical sectors. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering.

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    Data Science & A.I. | FutureDose Tech

    Data Science & A.I. | FutureDose Tech

    In the future data science and artificial intelligence will be routinely used to give clinicians diagnostic recommendations; give scientists testable hypotheses they can confirm experimentally and offer them insights into safe and precise treatments; and give patients guidance on self-care, e.g., how to lead a healthy lifestyle and recognize disease early.

    Marinka Zitnik, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School. Before joining Harvard, Dr. Zitnik was a postdoctoral fellow in Computer Science at Stanford University and was involved in projects at Chan Zuckerberg Biohub. Listen in as David and Marinka explain some AI concepts such as encoding, decoding, and embedding as well as discuss algorithms that can predict drug-drug interactions and identify medications that may be good candidates to treat COVID-19. 

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    What are 'Learning Health Systems' special guest Allen Flynn, PhD, PharmD | FutureDose.tech

    What are 'Learning Health Systems' special guest Allen Flynn, PhD, PharmD | FutureDose.tech

    Todays FutureDose.tech guest is Allen Flynn, PhD & PharmD,  Assistant Professor, Department of Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan. 

    It has been reported that 70% of pharmacists’ time is spent on non-cognitive activities such as medication distribution. As such, the industry recognizes that more automation is needed so that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians can spend more time on patient focused activities that improve outcomes. Allen Flynn, PhD & PharmD, is one of the industry trailblazers researching and building tools that will enable pharmacists to spend more time by the bedside.

    Listen in as David Berkowitz and Allen Flynn discuss some of the problems that need to be solved from a clinical and technical perspective in order to automate more non-value added pharmacy tasks.

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    • 48 min
    FabRx 3D Printing of Medications | FutureDose.tech

    FabRx 3D Printing of Medications | FutureDose.tech

    The future of healthcare is precision dosing of medications guided by biosensors and other patient specific factors. The future of community pharmacy may include experts in 3D printing of medications who are remotely monitoring populations and crafting precise doses. Alvaro Goyanes, is the Co-Founder and Director of Development for FabRx a medication 3D printing company.

    FabRx has created user friendly software, a knowledge base of excipients and a 3D printer, MediMaker, so that pharmacists and Pharma can unlock the power of this novel technology. Listen in as David Berkowitz and Alvaro talk about use cases, challenges and the future of medication 3D printing.  

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    • 42 min
    PittChallenge 2020 - Hackathon | FutureDose.tech

    PittChallenge 2020 - Hackathon | FutureDose.tech

    Healthcare has many opportunities to better leverage technology. The chance to get involved in technology and healthcare is easier than you might think. Everyone can have, maybe everyone should have, a role in improving technology and healthcare. Hackathons offer one way in helping connect those with a passion for technology, healthcare, and love to "show not just tell" how healthcare can be better.

    The PittChallenge 2020 will be the fourth annual University of Pittsburgh’s School of Pharmacy large-scale, student-run hackathon. Over the weekend of October 23rd to 25th 2020, students from across the United States will gather virtually for 48 hours (from registration to closing ceremony) to build the coolest and most innovative web, mobile, and hardware health applications; meet amazing people; and win prizes and awards. 

    This year's event will be special in many ways to account for factors like COVID-19. It will feature participants with representation from top computer science and pharmacy schools around the nation. A strong focus will be placed on innovative ideas to address areas affected by COVID-19 such as telehealth, remote working/learning environments, combating social isolation, and more. 

    Listen in on this conversation between David Berkowitz PharmD, PittChallenge leader Britney Stottlemeyer (PharmD, '21, and Ravi Patel, PharmD) as they discuss how events like these possible to allow anyone at any experience level to help change healthcare. 

    Learn more about the PittChallenge hackathon at www.PittChallenge.com or reachout at PittChallengeHackathon@gmail.com. Let's Change Healthcare Together! 

    This PPN Episode is sponsored by CEimpact & their podcast GameChangers, the first podcast infused with continuing education credits for pharmacists, listen here: 

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    Tech Missing From the Drug Supply Chain | FutureDose.tech

    Tech Missing From the Drug Supply Chain | FutureDose.tech

    One side effect of public scrutiny of rising drug prices has been greater visibility into the uniquely complex pharmaceutical supply chain. Previously little known distributors and middlemen now regularly receive attention, highlighting how the line between drugmaker and patient is rarely straight.

    There are billions of Pills and vials are routed to hospitals and pharmacies by wholesalers like McKesson and AmerisourceBergen but what tech is missing between wholesalers & automation tech which could help fill in the gap of consumption predictability? In just one possible iteration, pharmacies buy medicines, are reimbursed by insurers, which in turn work with or their own pharmacy benefit managers in negotiations with drugmakers.

    Often, supply chain issues come down to differences in processes or systems. A single drug or treatment may be administered to hundreds of hospitals through distributors, but with more than 5,000 such healthcare facilities in the U.S. alone, it can be tough to keep track of and meet each buyer’s requirements.

    Listen in on this conversation between David Berkowitz, PharmD & Kent Bridgeman, PharmDas they dig deeper into the missing links between drug supply and APIs;  application programming interface, is a computing interface which defines interactions between multiple software intermediaries.

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