Bill Lockwood, Chairman/Publisher

Digital Medicine

Apps are being put into play that connect patient data with physicians to keep an eye on such things as blood pressure, blood glucose, and body temperature. We also read a lot about precision medicine and how it’s changing outcomes. All this is technology based.

Not Your Father’s Toolbox: New Ready-to-Run Artificial Intelligence Business Tools

Next-generation artificial intelligence wonders tap into the technology’s ability to do a lot of the thinking and strategizing for you. Of course, it’s always your call if you want to trust an entity whose heart literally beats with all the warmth of an Intel or similar multiprocessor. But if you’re curious about what the future of what business software will look like for pharmacists, here’s a sampling of what’s coming down the pike.

The Patient Safety Act — Always One Day Closer to a Fatality?

To help improve patient safety and reduce misfills, everyone in the pharmacy must be involved in quality control; helping to identify missteps and errors, and being aware of sound-alike,look-alike drug fills, are ways to ensure you are taking proactive measures. The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act (Patient Safety Act) requires that a continuous quality improvement (CQI) program be implemented. A CQI program is designed for detecting, documenting, analyzing, and preventing quality-related events (QREs), with the intent of preventing medication errors.
ComputerTalk July/Aug 2017 Cover Chain Pharmacy Market Technology Report

More From The 2017 Chain Survey

Read The 2017 Chain Report Cover Story Here Specialty and Compounding The survey results showed approximately 70% of the chains responding dispense specialty, while just over...
ComputerTalk July/Aug 2017 Cover Chain Pharmacy Market Technology Report

Chain Market Report

In our 2017 survey of chain pharmacies, we get a snapshot of the technology priorities, with a strong response from midsized chains. In a conversation between two chain pharmacy executives, we see how the trends are applied. The conversation ranged across topics such as the major push for technology to support clinical interactions; the best way to stay connected with patients; the key efficiency drivers saving pharmacists’ time; what makes for better retailing; and the current top regulatory and administrative needs.
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Refreshed Consumer Experiences with a “Connected Retail” Focus

Retail pharmacy is a highly specialized discipline that’s significantly different from exclusively prescription-focused operations. Big pharmacy chains have spent millions perfecting methods, practices, and technologies that allow them to attract new consumers, operate efficiently, and create a very positive consumer experience. And because today’s retail operations are expected to center on the consumer experience, most retailers are leaning on mobile technology to get the job done.