From The Issue: November/December 2021

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In The November/December 2021 Issue

2022 Pharmacy Outlook Roundtable

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Community Pharmacy Holding Its Own

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) held one of the first “live” pharmacy events last month with the return of its annual meeting in October. The association released its 2021 NCPA Digest at the event, and findings show community pharmacy holding its own despite continued challenges.

Prognostications for 2022

As we approach the end of the year, we look forward to a post-pandemic 2022 and the return to a normal life. There are many entities and market sectors that benefit from prolonging the pandemic. However, our take is that most of the public is ready to move on, and the continued reopening of stores and businesses is expected. We expect most 2021 trends to continue in 2022, with a few twists and turns based on political decisions made in Washington.

An Interesting Year

2021 turned out to be a year with interesting developments. Top of the list is the chip shortage, which has really affected the auto industry. And in 2021 we saw the emergence of synthetic biology, with a few synthetic biology companies going public during the year.

Building an Effective SMS Campaign for Health Behaviors

SMS nudges can be an approach to influencing decision-making through how choices are presented to patients and how the various presentation methods can impact actual decision-making to encourage health behaviors that influence health or mortality.

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Lessons Learned: Opportunities in COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment

Michael Ganio, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS, FASHP and senior director, pharmacy practice and quality at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, talked about the progress in vaccine administration, the development of better communication between health departments and patients, and how all the bumps in the road of this vaccine rollout will make the process easier in the future.

Resilience and Innovation: RedSail Technologies’ Next-Gen Vision

Kraig McEwen, CEO of RedSail Technologies, LLC, spoke with ComputerTalk’s Maggie Lockwood about the company’s vision for the independent pharmacy market as its portfolio increases to include three major software players. With a long background in healthcare technology, McEwen sheds light on the importance of scale for independent pharmacy, as well as innovative technology platforms that respond to the healthcare trends toward value-based care.

The ROI of your Pharmacy Management Software During COVID-19

Stuck with clunky software, outdated technology, and limited integration? Is your pharmacy management system is simply holding you back at a time when your patients need you most? Learn how your pharmacy management solution should keep up during COVID-19 and that there is an ROI to switching to a better solution.

Pharmacies Have the Vaccines, But Do They Have the Time?

With a newfound focus and pressure on pharmacies and pharmacists as frontline healthcare providers, the industry needs to ensure these pharmacies are equipped to handle such demand. How can pharmacists streamline operations, reallocate their staff, and put a focus on immunization efforts? Pharmacy automation.

KL1Plus Automation Advances Community Hospital Pharmacy Programs

A major contributor to the success of Memorial Hospital’s outpatient pharmacy expansion is also the smallest and simplest: a Kirby Lester KL1Plus verification-plus-counting device for prescription verification and counting.
COVID-19 Vaccine 1st and 2nd Dose Scheduling

The Drive for Global Vaccination: Pharmacy’s Role in Ending the COVID-19 Pandemic

TRHC's Farah Madhat and Robert Alesiani on the tools community pharmacies are deploying to support the unprecedented efforts to roll out COVID-19 vaccines. From patient scheduling and intake to second-dose management, reporting, and community education, learn about how pharmacists are making it all work.
Micro Merchant Systems PrimeRx Pharmacy Software

Biden Administration Urged to Enlisted Retired Pharmacists for COVID-19 Vaccinations

Pharmacies' COVID-19 vaccination efforts would get a significant boost by enlisting the services of retired pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. A group of ten pharmacy associations wrote to HHS in early February, seeking permission for pharmacists and technicians who left the workforce within the past five years to be allowed to administer COVID-19 vaccines.

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Cover Story | Refresh The Pharmacy: Best Ideas for 2022

Pharmacies turned in a strong performance in 2021. They continued to be the most accessible healthcare provider in the country and grew further into a central role in patient care. What are the best ideas for pharmacies looking to hit the refresh button and add to their capabilities in the coming year? We surveyed a few industry experts for their take.

Plus | Change Is Scary, But Change Is Also Good

This is the time to do an inventory of where your pharmacy is now and where you’d like to take it. DrFirst’s Heidi Polek, R.Ph., gives you the steps to follow.

Exclusive Web Content | Investing Wisely: Section 179 and Packaging Automation

Glenn Perreault has brought in RxSafe RapidPakRx adherence packaging automation at Colonial Pharmacy to meet new demand and continue growing. His strategy includes using Section 179 to deduct the cost of the investment against this year’s income, minimizing the impact of the new technology on his pharmacy’s finances.

Feature | On the Road Again

by Bruce Kneeland

From his 12th formal pharmacy road trip, the author shares how four pharmacies of different sizes, formats, and demographics have partnered with Liberty Software to better serve their patients.

Feature | The Possibilities for Pharmacy

by Maggie Lockwood

Diana Lischin, R.Ph., owner of two pharmacies in North Carolina, wanted to expand her med sync and compliance packing programs without putting additional stress on her staff. The solution: investing in a new pouch-packaging system.

Publisher’s Window | An Interesting Year

2021 turned out to be a year with interesting developments. Top of the list is the chip shortage, which has really aff ected the auto industry.

Technology Corner | Building an Effective SMS Campaign for Health Behaviors

Your relationship with your patients can provide the entry point for discussions about the nudges that work best for them.

Viewpoints | Prognostications for 2022

We expect most 2021 trends to continue in 2022, with a few twists and turns based on political decisions made in Washington.

Catalyst Corner | Community Pharmacy Holding Its Own

All pharmacies are stepping up to the plate and providing expanded immunization services.