It seems that every day I see an announcement of a new gadget (sometimes several). The big change in the last few months is the prevalence of new health-related gadgets. Apple, Google, Motorola, and a lot of smaller names are talking about gadgets and software that have the potential to totally upset (or revolutionize) healthcare.
The American Society for Automation in Pharmacy (ASAP) recently held its midyear conference, offering a wide range of relevant pharmacy topics. The conference was well attended and well received.
Many pharmacists are so “in the weeds,” in that they are being consumed by the daily minutia of their operations, that we think it may be time for vendors to take a stronger position that will help prepare the profession to face a very different healthcare future.
Many aspects of pharmacy practice have been shaped by HIPAA and HITECH requirements… Two areas that have recently emerged as potential threats to privacy and security are pharmacy apps and pharmacist-patient interactions outside of the pharmacy counter.
This year’s analysis of our annual chain survey pulls together responses from 17 chains representing over 7,300 locations. Get a look into the dynamic world of chain pharmacy as we check on the state of technology, from pharmacy systems to POS, IVR, and automation; find out where the chains are with specialty pharmacy; hear what they are doing to connect with patients via messaging and apps to achieve clinical goals; and more.
Timely data flow is coming to play an ever more central role and, fortunately, there are forward-thinking pharmacies out there that make excellent case studies of what it takes to make collaboration a reality. Grane Rx and SeniorLife are building on a partnership with integration provider BlueStep,BridgeGate Health to create the technology needed to participate in innovative care models.
Pharmacist Brad Stultz found himself facing an unusual disaster when a customer accidentally drove into the front of one of his stores. But recovery was swift thanks to mobile POS on hand in that provided almost-immediate continuity of service for patients coming in for prescriptions. And Stultz has even converted the crises into an opportunity.