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Customer Portal Launch
The New Customer Portal is launching this month! We will be sending a formal email later this month with details and login information.
Beginning in January 2019, Medicine-On-Time is going to host an inaugural Marketing Roundtable meeting. The meeting will be hosted on a designated date/time each month for one hour.
The Marketing Roundtable (the “Roundtable”) is a monthly, online extended exclusively to current Medicine-On-Time customers. The Roundtable is a virtual forum where customers can exchange ideas, advice, and best practices with other Medicine-On-Time customers.
Medicine-On-Time will moderate the discussion based on a specific predetermined topic each month. In some cases, we may ask a current customer to lead the discussion. Medicine-On-Time will choose the topics or select from a customer’s best practice.
Our first roundtable will be focused on facilities. If interested in participating, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year we are partnering with EQuiPP to further your education on how to best use your dashboard as well as tips and tricks on finding and identifying new patients that could benefit from compliance packaging.
More information coming soon.
2019 is a year dedicated to improving the pharmacy business.
According to a recent article published by Pharmacy Times, attendees at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting (December 2018) cited continuing education, technology and workflow as the biggest trends for 2019.
The 2019 Forecast predicts changes in the education and work dynamic of pharmacists, enhancements in medication delivery for patients, innovations in technology that change the way pharmacists will interact with patients, and a more enhanced role of the patient in their own care, among other areas.
Increasing Reliance on Technology in Pharmacy: Predictions for 2019 — Pharmacy Times, December 5, 2018
Read the full article published by Pharmacy Times.
15 Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle
The week of January 20-27th is National Healthy Weight Week.
We all want to live a healthier lifestyle, but many of us don’t know where to start. Luckily, transitioning to a healthier lifestyle is a marathon, not a sprint. Follow these easy steps from UnityPoint Health to get started.
1. Get a Move On
Dance, swim, tidy up your house, jog or take a brisk walk to start the week off with a bang. The CDC suggests that the average American adult exercise for two hours and 30 minutes per week. Find an aerobic exercise you love, and you won’t want to miss a sweat session.
2. Drink Water
Belly up to the kitchen sink to refill your water bottle. Drinking water when you’re thirsty and with meals can help you keep a normal temperature, feel more focused and help your body rid itself of waste.
3. Catch Some Zzzz’s
Aim for six to eight hours of rest each evening. Sleeping not only helps you feel more rejuvenated, but also reduces your stress levels. Hit the hay at the same time each night and wake up at a similar time each morning to reap the most benefits from shut eye.
4. Take a Breath
While it’s true you’re breathing every second of every day, you probably aren’t strategically taking deep breaths when you’re feeling stressed, irritable or overwhelmed. Stress can make losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight a battle, so knowing ways to combat it is important for your overall health. Practice diaphragmatic breathing, slow deep breathing into your belly, to put your mind at ease anywhere and at anytime.
5. Sign Up for a Race
Signing up for a race automatically provides you with a goal and a timeline to reach it. Race options are endless: from 5K’s to full marathons, there is a race for everyone’s skill level. Not all races require running, either. Research to see if a charity you care about puts on a race, so you can celebrate your own health and others’ well-being, too.
6. Chat with loved ones
Connecting with friends and family who encourage your healthy habits is an important tool for weight management. Confiding in people closest with you can provide a sense of comfort and stability. Call a family member once a week or meet up with a friend for coffee to stay connected.
7. Step It Up
Take the stairs whenever possible: in the mall, in your apartment building, at the office, etc. Climbing stairs throughout the day not only burns extra calories, but it helps you form healthy habits. The more you move, the easier it is to maintain a healthy weight.
8. Focus on What You Can Change
Life is full of ups and downs, but focusing on the aspects of your life that you can change or impact will help you feel more in control and less stressed. Knowing that you have the ability to lose weight, or manage your weight, can motivate you to make healthier choices like exercising before work, packing a nutritious lunch instead of eating out or choosing water instead of soda.
9. Derail Your Stress
Keeping stress at bay is sometimes easier said than done. However, there are several ways to overcome stress and anxiety. The CDC suggests the following tips to manage stress:
Avoid drugs and alcohol
Confide in loved ones
Participate in social events
Eat a well-balanced diet
Get plenty of sleep
Become active in your community
10. Cook a Nutritious Meal
Whip up a well-balanced, nutritious meal to celebrate your health this week. The CDC suggests incorporating each food group into your daily life. Fill your plate with plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grain foods, low-fat dairy products and protein-enriched foods like poultry, beans and nuts to help you feel your best.
11. Record Goals
Write down your weight loss or weight management goals this week to take ownership over your health and well-being. When recording your goals, it is important to make them as specific as possible. In addition, each goal should have a deadline that is both attainable and challenging. For example, the goal of losing weight by your birthday is a great objective, but it isn’t specific enough. Losing 20 pounds by your birthday is a goal that is both specific and time-bound, which helps you take responsibility.
12. Be Conscientious
Making sensible choices, organization and persistence are all key to weight management and overall happiness in life. A conscious choice to drink water instead of a soda, organizing healthy meals for the week and sticking to an exercise routine reflect being conscientious and ultimately affect your well-being in a positive way.
13. Snack on It
Snacking is imperative for weight management, but you must choose snacks that fuel your body. The CDC suggests choosing fruits and vegetables for snacks since they are low-calorie and filling. An apple, a cup of blueberries, carrots with hummus, or a banana are all excellent choices when preventing the unwanted snack attack.
14. Reward Yourself
Stay motivated to achieve your weight loss goals by rewarding yourself for mini milestones. Put a dollar in a jar each time you exercise and vow to spend it on a trip to the destination of your choice or buy yourself a new pair of running shoes after a month of training for the big race. Rewarding yourself with non-food items can help you stay focused on the desired outcome.
15. Just “Be”
Live in the moment for a few minutes each day: feel the sun on your skin, listen to your favorite song or count your blessings to live a fuller life. Carving out time in your day to relax and enjoy life is imperative for true happiness.
Read the full article published by UnityPoint Health.
9 New Year’s Resolutions for Small Business Success
The first quarter of the new fiscal year is one of the most important; putting a plan into place that positions your business to grow from day one is vital.
Take a look at 9 tips to grow your business, provided by Entrepreneur:
1. I will learn how to delegate and do more of it.
As a small business owner, your to-do list probably doesn’t even fit on one page. There are so many things to do, and it’s easy to delude ourselves that we need to do all of them ourselves. You can only work so many hours in a day. As a result, you’re probably exhausted, stressed and don’t have any free time outside of your business. Delegation is the key to a healthy work-life balance. However, people don’t delegate because it takes a lot of upfront effort and requires a loss of control. So how do you let someone else do certain tasks, while making sure it’s done correctly? The answer is simple: communication and training. Make sure your employees are trained enough, to the point where they can take over some of your tasks. The next step is to clearly communicate the objectives and deadlines, so that you don’t end up micromanaging.
2. I will learn how to manage my cash flow more effectively.
Cash flow is the lifeblood of any small business. In fact, a prominent study from the financial services company U.S. Bank found that 82 percent of startups and small businesses fail due to poor cash flow management. According to The Balance, “This is a great resolution for small business owners who have drastic ebbs and flows in their cash flow, have been unable to create enough capital to invest back into the business or those who don’t really understand the day-to-day finances of the business.”
3. I will take steps to improve my digital presence.
If it’s been more than a year since your site has been updated, if you haven’t taken action to make your online presence mobile-friendly, if you still haven’t created an email marketing list or if digital isn’t part of your marketing strategy at all, it’s time to add this to your new year’s resolutions. You could even take a step further than mobile-friendly and use a mobile-first approach to your digital presence.
4. I will charge what I’m worth.
Do you feel that your product or service is undervalued? If so, then it might be time to raise your rates to correspond with the value you bring to the table. You might be thinking that raising your prices will alienate certain people from becoming a customer. That could be the case, but you can’t be all things to all people. “Your target market will pay what the marketplace has proved it will pay”, says Entrepreneur. How can you implement this? Depending on your business, you can shift to a “packaged value” approach. This is where you provide tiered packages that give potential customers choices, so they can focus on the value you offer rather than the amount of time you spent. Your prices can then reflect this value.
5. I will learn something new.
New year, new skill. Choose something new to learn in 2018 -- it may be directly related to your business or completely unrelated. Learning a new skill will add a dimension of interest to your life that will help to maintain that work-life balance. It will also help you to get out of your comfort zone and meet new people, if you decide to take marketing classes or learn a new language.
6. I will make business strategizing a weekly event.
Planning is vital if you want to foster a growing business. But running a small business can be chaotic and it’s easy to get sucked into the day-to-day operations. Business strategizing allows you to take a step back and highlight what worked and what didn’t, while adjusting old goals and setting new ones. So why do it just once a quarter or once a year? Set aside time each week to review your strategies. This will help you stay on track and allow you to have a clear hold on your business.
7. I will drop what’s not working and move on.
After all that business strategizing, you will know exactly what’s not working for your small business. Maybe your sales method isn’t performing well, one of your products isn’t selling or a specific partnership isn’t working out… If this is the case, it’s time to drop it. As The Balance states, “If a technique or a product or a business relationship isn’t working for you, stop using it. Don’t invest a lot of energy into trying to make the unworkable workable. Move on. Something better will turn up.”
8. I will promote my business regularly and consistently.
Since small business owners wear a lot of hats, you might not always have “marketing” at the top of your to-do list. While you should definitely focus on delivering that amazing small business experience, you shouldn’t forget to market that amazing experience to to the outside world. To attract new customers, you have to make promotion a priority. Take the time to create a marketing plan or, even your funds allow it, hire a marketing expert to help you set it up. To get started, try some of these ways to get press coverage for your small business.
9. I will enhance my technology footprint.
Few things frustrate employees -- and customers -- more than working with outdated technology. Slow internet speeds, clunky operating systems and inadequate tools can eat up valuable time. Make an inventory list of all your company supplies to see what needs replacing. Maybe it’s time to implement that online food ordering system, or maybe your employees could use new computers. Start the year off right by upgrading your technology footprint.
Read the full article published by Entrepreneur.