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The second year of the pandemic has left pharmacies beleaguered but more knowledgeable. Optimizing pharmacists' time and worth is now a top goal. As pharmacists' role in healthcare evolves and pharmacies develop, so will pharmacy automation's function.
FREMONT, CA: After several revolutionary years, pharmacists have assumed roles with a greater emphasis on patient value. For pharmacies to maximize development and stability in a saturated market, this transformation necessitates more accessible and sophisticated automation.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been both a burden and an impetus for pharmacies across the United States, bringing unanticipated obstacles and demanding innovation. And pharmacists responded to supply chain problems, increased patient demands, the vaccination launch, and the expansion of virtual care.
They became specialists in the complex therapies a patient's overburdened practitioner could not convey. They became administrators of vaccines and lifesavers. They advocated for uninsured or underinsured people to access generic or low-cost alternatives.
This notable change also possesses a singular silver lining. To make this a reality, pharmacists must optimize their operating efficiency. Now is the time to realize the value and potential of these highly licensed individuals.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impede and spur pharmacy expansion: Initially, lockdowns and supply chain interruptions appeared to impact the pharmacy industry negatively. The transition from 30-day fills to 90-day fills stretched capacity and resources.
A year and a half ago, many pharmacists viewed their strategy depending on foot traffic and new development sectors, such as specialist therapies.
Although some of these prospects have been severely harmed by social distancing and prescription volume declines, pharmacy income shows hints of stabilization.
As a result, many pharmacies are adopting new directions, such as concentrating more on new revenue streams based on patient demands, such as the convenience of home delivery and on-site vaccinations.
As pharmacies see chances to rethink their expansion, centralization and automation will be essential for generating efficiency and liberating resources.
Pharmacists have joined other professionals on the front lines of patient care: The entire industry has been required to respond to the worldwide crises of the past two years, but none more so than the thousands of frontline employees, which includes pharmacists.
In addition to adapting to provide patients with prescriptions remotely, swiftly, and in bigger numbers, pharmacists assumed a portion of the responsibility for patient care.
Already severely overworked providers were forced to address a global crisis.
In the overburdened healthcare system, the pharmacist was frequently the one who could fill gaps such as patient education and vaccine administration.
The pharmacist's elevated status as a vital member of the patient's care team has underlined the need to increase their time with patients.
Patients anticipate pharmacists offering greater digital and technical conveniences: Patient awareness and demand influence pharmacy evolution. To remain competitive and relevant, pharmacies must adapt and innovate to satisfy patients' evolving needs. Patients will continue to anticipate remote, on-demand access to healthcare providers in specific contexts. The tools and solutions enabling pharmacies to adapt to an increasingly tech-driven environment and patient population are becoming more accessible and intelligent.