COVID-19 has had a lasting impact on central pharmacies with 82% of hospital pharmacists saying that their top technology initiatives have changed. Pharmacies are feeling the pressure of the high demand for medications and vaccinations and it is leading to high pressure on pharmacy staff. With staff feeling burnout and costs increasing, the pharmacies need a new solution to help.
Pharmacy automation technology can help pharmacy staff to keep up with the demand for new prescriptions with the amount of staff they have. Automation can help with inventory management, sort pills, track patient medical history, and keep track of drug interactions. Using automated systems can also reduce the amount of medication errors. Technology reduces the amount of human error leaving fewer opportunities for error while improving patient care.
Hospital pharmacists already agree that operational technology is critical for success. Pharmacists rely on technology like automated dispensing cabinets, controlled substance tracking, and inventory management to ensure that they are delivering the right medications to the correct patients.
Healthcare and pharmacy workers have felt immense pressure over the course of the pandemic. This pressure can lead to medication errors, pharmacy worker burnout, and overall lower patient care. Introducing automated systems into central pharmacies allows for pharmacy workers to alleviate some of this pressure and ensure that their patients are receiving the care they need and deserve.