Right this very moment, more pharmacies than ever before are taking up automation software that can help them streamline their operations, both to help their staff be more efficient, as well as allow their customers an added degree of convenience. These days, we are seeing the advent of automated phone lines and SMS automatic alerts to easily let patients know their medication is ready to be filled or picked up.
We also see inventory software that is easily able to help pharmacists know which medications they have in stock and when they will need to order more. We see pharmacy point of sale software that is able to offer the patient more ways to pay, and the staff member to quickly process the payment. All of this is radically changing how pharmacies do their work, but how will it continue to evolve as the years go on?
The Future of Pharmacy Software
The future of automation in the pharmacy is looking bright, with the possibility of robot dispensers coming in to free up pharmacists, who will be able to use their free time to handle tasks that could require a bit more of a human touch.
There is also the future of how patient’s records will be handled. In the next few years, it might be common to see software solutions that can easily be integrated with patient’s digital health records, allowing paperwork to be done away with. It might also be common to see these electronic health records become the main medical identity of a patient, allowing any medical provider to access the patient’s records with ease and make prescriptions as well as see current prescriptions.
This is all information that could be pertinent to the pharmacy, as well, as the pharmacy could be automatically alerted when a patient is prescribed a new drug, and fill it immediately for the patient. This whole process could make visiting a doctor, obtaining a prescription, and filling it a much quicker and more convenient process for everyone involved.
These are just a few of the ways automation is changing not only the pharmacy, but healthcare in general. It’s only going to keep getting better as the technology evolves, so keep watching developments in healthcare tech and see how things develop.