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Dispensing Information, Saving Costs

Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, April 14, 2011
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“This software tells me whether the patient is outpatient or inpatient and tracks drugs dispensed to them,” he says.

Such changes also allow Carolinas to standardize its contracts with drugmakers and use a single drug formulary. For a system as large as Carolinas, those savings add up to between $500,000 and $900,000 per month.

“This allows us to serve more of the underserved, and in some cases, keep them out of the hospital longer,” Carta says.            

Philip Betbeze is senior leadership editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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