For all successful organizations, staying current on industry trends, and emerging technologies, is vital to long-term success. To ensure Integra remains on the leading edge of pharmacy technology, Integra management participates in multiple industry events throughout the year for continuing education and knowledge share.
In June, representatives from Integra will attend the Annual GeriMed Conference and the American Society for Automation in Pharmacy (ASAP) Midyear Conference. At GeriMed, Integra Product Director Louie Foster was invited to participate on a panel discussion titled "Technology in Long-Term Care" where he will speak on workflow management prior to fill, exception management - new standards HL7-DIRECT and HIPAA compliant messaging, and post fill workflow/delivery.
"We work hard as a company to ensure our products and people are kept abreast of industry trends," said Foster, "This panel provides an excellent format for discussing the emerging technologies we're seeing, and why they are so crucial for pharmacies to understand and embrace."
Following GeriMed, Foster will attend ASAP's Midyear Conference joining representatives from technology providers as they review market trends, discuss current and emerging pharmacy automation technologies, and overview upcoming market opportunities.
"ASAP is a think tank for companies invested in pharmacy technology," said Foster. "Networking with other pharmacy professionals provides invaluable insight to the Integra team. Information from meetings like ASAP helps shape the features and functionality of our products and ensure we are meeting the needs of our customer base."
Foster's attendance at ASAP Midyear follows up on the participation of Integra President Kevin Welch and National Sales Director Jim McDonald in ASAP's January meeting.
"The educational sessions are enlightening," said McDonald, "and the conference provides a good platform for pharmacy-related companies to stay up-to-date on issues in the healthcare automation market."
Integra Product Director, Ginna Sloan, also attended National Council for Prescription Drug Programs' (NCPDP) Annual Technology and Business Conference and Quarterly Work Group Meetings earlier this year. Sloan participates in NCPDP's Work Group 14 focused on Long-Term Care and Post-Acute Care and is a part of various task groups within Work Group 14 which serve to guide and advise payers, processors, and providers of the long-term care industry and institutional pharmacy programs on implementing standards and data processing initiatives. "Participation in these meetings is a tremendous opportunity to add to the collective knowledge base of Integra staff," said Sloan.