The workhorse technologies that are driving return on investment and freeing pharmacists to perform medication therapy management — including robotics, point-of-sale systems, and pharmacy management systems in retail outlets, and secure narcotics-tracking and bar-code systems in hospitals — have taken firm root in a growing number of pharmacies today.
This year's offerings are ever more sophisticated. They include such diverse products as an advanced voice recognition system for prescription refills, which can encourage medication compliance; a telepharmacy system for real-time pharmacist oversight; an automatic refill system allowing patients to refill prescriptions from their cell phones; and a small compact robotic dispenser for automated dispensing. In the hospital setting, a new software offering aids nursing in medication management, and a computerized physician order entry pharmacy system helps to improve pharmacy operations and increase safety in medication management.
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