Informatics and pharmacy researchers are watching e-prescribing closely. As its uptake increases, these experts will determine whether it is living up to its promise. They’ll also identify ways to make it even more efficient and decrease the likelihood of error.
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Comments:it seems doctors are just checking off all meds in patients' histories and sending the e-rxs whether the pt needs them or not, it causes confusion. Also the misconception that the script will magically be ready when the patient shows up at the pharmacy isn't appreciated.My comment: I don’t like the hand written RX because docs don’t write it clear, lots of confusions and errors. Sometimes pharmacists are so busy to call docs up to clarify their prescriptions. Hand written RX contains the most errors and require the most clarification. It has slowed pharmacists down with all the errors with the directions and quantities that have to be corrected before they can fill themCareers: Chain Drugstores: On the Front Lines of Care and ChangeNational retail chains are positioning themselves to be on the front lines of patient care, creating a wide variety of career opportunities for rising pharmacists.In the changing health care landscape, community pharmacists are expected to interact with even more patients, taking a larger role in primary care. Over the next 20 years, approximately 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 every day, according to research conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2010.Another study, conducted in 2009 by the American Academy of Family Physicians, foundthat the number of medical students entering primary care medicine has dropped by more than 50% in the last decade. These statistics have large implications for the challenges and changes facing community pharmacy. With an increasing number of Americans seeking primary care in an overburdened health care system—as the population continues to age and more patients are granted access to health care services through the Affordable Care Act—national retail chains of pharmacy, such as Rite Aid, CVS, and Walgreens, are positioning themselves to be on the front lines of patient care.The Expectation of Improved CareIn that expanded health care role, community pharmacists work with the overall goal of improving the health and wellness of their patients through counseling, medication therapy management, and various disease state management initiatives.Patient-Centered Advancements“Walgreens pharmacists are encouraged to build on their training to develop relationshipsand improve outcomes for their patients through company-sponsored clinical programs and initiatives,” said Carter. The leading drug chains also put significant resources behindhelping their pharmacists achieve clinical goals by providing them with state-of-the-art tools and resources.
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