If you haven’t yet added pharmacy management software (PMS) to your independent pharmacy, you’re missing out, and here’s why. One of the benefits of this software is its ability to run reports and analyze data. It helps independent pharmacists like you work more competently by providing a more efficient, automated pharmacy workflow. It simplifies some of the most routine processes, such as drug dispensing, stock control, and billing. It also helps you stay above the competition by improving patient outcomes and providing customer experience. In broader terms, pharmacy management software helps you achieve the following benefits:
Having trouble keeping your stock in check? Then it may be time to consider a PMS. With this software, your prescriptions are correctly dispensed every time. This minimizes errors and can contribute to improved satisfaction and quality ratings from your patients. You can also analyze records to see which drugs are purchased more frequently. This software can also help you see the medication that moves quickly during certain seasons. This can help you keep up with demands, reduce the wasting of money on medication that will likely be sitting on shelves for long periods of time.
Reduced Medication and Billing Errors
Pharmacy management software benefits you because it automates all of your purchasing and accounting calculations. Some allow you to manage everything using your records, so little effort is required in managing pricing and supplies. It also reduces the number of medication errors that are made because of illegible handwriting and exhaustion.
Improved Patient Health Outcomes
With a PMS, patients are allowed to get direct and indirect counseling from pharmacists. They can use the patient portal to communicate with pharmacists online and get feedback they couldn’t get in-person at the busy pharmacy. What’s more, pharmacists have access to medication history and will be able to make better recommendations for their patients. The patient portal has medicine adherence tools that can help remind your patients to take their medication on time, manage their drugs, and easily refill their prescriptions. Some of these adherence tools may also have blood sugar monitoring programs. This means diabetic patients won’t have to go into the clinic every time because their pharmacy can use the software to watch their sugar levels.
Not only can a PMS improve the health outcomes of patients, but it can also contribute to wellness. Your pharmacy may have included other activities in the software, such as walking, cycling, hiking, yoga, or any other physical exercise that can take the place of medication.
You spend hours every day dispensing prescriptions, and a lot of mental energy is spent checking drug interactions, verifying prescriptions, and reading doctors’ handwriting. PMS software makes all of that easier and frees up more time for you to interact with your patients. It can also help you track suppliers that are doing well in the industry and their lead times, so you can stay on top of supply and demand needs.
If you’d like a competitive edge over the others in your industry, a pharmacy management system is worth looking into. You can provide better customer experiences and attract more patients with its features and engaging services.
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PBA Health is dedicated to helping independent pharmacies reach their full potential on the buy-side of their business. Founded and owned by pharmacists, PBA Health serves independent pharmacies with group purchasing services, wholesaler contract negotiations, proprietary purchasing tools, and more.
An HDA member, PBA Health operates its own NABP-accredited secondary wholesaler with more than 6,000 SKUs, including brands, generics, narcotics CII-CV, cold-storage products, and over-the-counter (OTC) products — offering the lowest prices in the secondary market.