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Washington State Veterans Homes step into the future with electronic prescription machine

The Walla Walla Veterans Home, which opened in 2017, has already implemented the new AlixaRx system. Photo courtesy WDVA

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A new prescription medication dispensing system is being implemented in four Washington State Veterans Homes, and the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) expects to save time and money by advancing their pharmacy through technology.

The new system is called AlixaRx, and it provides veterans with quick, on-site access to more than 300 different prescription medications.

When a resident moves in to a Washington State Veterans Home or receives a new medication order, the AlixaRx system can fill his or her prescription in minutes.  This helps veterans avoid waiting and also inhibits the use of costly emergency pharmacy kits or 24-hour pharmacy services.

"We are excited to implement this technology in our state veterans homes," said James Bryan, WDVA pharmacist. "The AlixaRx system will speed medication delivery to our residents while at the same time decreasing medication costs and medication waste compared to traditional drug delivery systems used in nursing homes."

Not only will AlixaRx save valuable time and money at veterans homes, but it also fits into the agency's goal of meeting the governor's goals for Washington.

The implementation of this technology supports three of Gov. Jay Inslee's Results Washington Goals: Healthy People, through access to good healthcare by speeding drug availability to our veterans; Sustainable Energy and a Clean Environment, by decreasing the number of wasted drug doses which must be incinerated; and Efficient, Effective, and Accountable Government, through fiscal responsibility by decreasing drug costs due to wasted medications.

This electronic prescription system has already been implemented in the newest Walla Walla Veterans Home, which opened in 2017, and it will be expanded to the three other state veterans homes in Port Orchard, Spokane and Orting by the summer of 2018.

This new technology allows the WDVA Pharmacy team to provide unprecedented levels of customer service to WDVA medical teams -- and ultimately, the veterans and families they serve.

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