April 15, 2020 | Kimberly Marselas
New Jersey has tapped Partners Pharmacy and its innovative APS Passport system to provide emergency pharmacy services at three field hospitals opening across the state to alleviate the strain on local hospitals during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The first field hospital opened last week at Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, with two more opening up within the next two weeks at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison and at the Atlantic City Convention Center.
Partners Pharmacy will be using its APS PassPort system to dispense medication quickly and accurately. The APS PassPort is a fully automated, remotely monitored dispensing center focused on alleviating the stress of medication dispensing on nursing staff.
These machines, in collaboration with 24/7 pharmacy staffing from partner organization Pharma-Care Inc. will help ensure the safety and pharmacy needs of patients across the state of NJ. It will also be used to send medications home with patients upon discharge, eliminating the need to navigate pharmacy services upon returning home.
“Our team is incredible at getting to work quickly and heeding the call for help, providing round-the-clock pharmacy services to patients in need with a goal of minimal disruption to care and no delay to medication delivery,” said Anthony Spero, chief operating officer at Partners Pharmacy. “Our staff is no stranger to crisis preparedness, jumping to action during the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Harvey. We are using these same skills and the tools we’ve built, like our APS PassPort machine, to make sure that everyone can still provide the same high-level of care we need to get through this pandemic.”