I feel horrible about what has happened in Spokane, and my heart goes out to the sick and dieing in Washington who just lost their sources of medicine. But let me just point out that some of what happened such as these dispensaries losing patient records, was COMPLETELY un-necessary!
We have sent out emails, post cards, and personally discussed with dispensaries and providers what they can do to protect their records and how they can better document “one patient at any given time”. We started www.emeraldpos.com in 2009 and we modified some great open source software, and even paid a developer to upgrade our modification for a Dispensary management system. This has the ability to store records remotely in a secured database in a secured facility, or locally, and it has many front end and backend dispensary management functions. The best part is that it is not expensive like some of the other software systems that do the same thing. Some software that is available for dispensary management is upwards of $7000. Our software is COMPLETELY free!
My heart breaks after watching this video from Club Compassion. Both for the owner and for the patients.
I hope that if nothing else comes from this, that other dispensaries will employ some sort of safety measures for their patient’s records. This is very sensitive information and this issue NEEDS to be addressed!