As telehealth technology continues to deliver faster and better access to healthcare, it is important that corresponding services, like pharmacy etc. also catch-up. Telehealth can help pharmacists build stronger and more expedient bonds with both doctors and patients.
Of course, the end goal is to offer better advice and faster medicines to patients as and when they may need these. That’s why making telepharmacy a priority is important for ensuring better outcomes for patients, doctors and pharmacists alike.
Telehealth and Medicine Today TM, an open access digital journal recently featured an engrossing podcast with Greg Janes, Director of Business Development and Marketing, TelePharm. Titled TelePharm Empowering Pharmacy, this podcast attempts to explain the significance of pharmacy and telepharmacy during the current telehealth revolution.
During the TelePharm Podcast, Greg Jones shared his vision of telemedicine as delivered by community pharmacies, without even the need for on-site pharmacists.
His company, TelePharm, has a network of registered pharmacists that can interact with others like themselves in small, rural communities and help divide the cost of care for pharmacists. State-of-the-art telecommunications technology is used to provide pharmaceutical care to patients situated remotely.
Pharmacists Integrate Telepharmacy Into Their Existing Pharmacies
During the talk, Greg said that there is “a great opportunity” for autonomous pharmacies to find and cater to areas where they couldn’t provide pharmacy services to previously. TelePharm encourages them employing telepharmacy solutions to provide services in far-flung rural areas where it may not have been possible to run a traditional pharmacy previously.
Greg even talked about one of TelePharma’s early clients who successfully integrated telepharmacy services to serve a predominantly Arabic speaking neighborhood in the metro Chicago area.
Telepharmacy Help for Pharmacists
Live Oak Bank is an intensive resource for anyone interested in implementing telepharmacy solutions while remaining within their existing resources. And Greg Janes agrees. He said that, “Live Oak Bank can bring their expertise to financing, workflow, how it actually works in practice, etc.” It is time for pharmacists to take advantage of all the tools provided to them by telemedicine. Live Oak Bank offers small loans for telepharmacists expanding the pharmacy services without paying the expense of an additional pharmacist.
The Last Word: Pharmacy Is Involving & Telemedicine is empowering it!
Today’s pharmacies are very different and much more technologically evolved than ever. And this progression in technology is undoubtedly leading to better safety, more cost savings and overall a better healthcare experience or patients and healthcare providers.
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