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What will pharmacy look like in 2020

01/07/2010

Re-bloged from Pharmacy OneSource site

As we come to the end of the year, we also approach the end of a decade. A lot has changed in pharmacy in the past 10 years, certainly for us at Pharmacy OneSource as we were just getting started back in the year 2000!

We approached a few vocal pharmacy technology enthusiasts about their vision of pharmacy at the end of the next decade. We wanted to know, "What will pharmacy look like in 2020?" Here are their thoughts:

Mark Neuenschwander, a.k.a. The Noosh:

"It will be as unconscionable not to scan bar codes on patient wristbands and medications in inpatient settings as it now is to not wear seat restraints in automobiles. Even as the auto industry took decades to perfect seatbelts and drivers and passengers to comply, the healthcare industry will eventually perfect bar-code point-of-care technology and master its use. While RFID chips will play a greater role as patient and product identifiers, they will augment, not displace, the more simple reliable bar codes."

Jerry Fahrni, IT Pharmacist and Blogger:

"The next decade will bring unprecedented uses of technology to drive pharmacy practice away from the physical pharmacy and toward the patient bedside. I think we’re going to see a much more proactive approach to the use of clinical decision support and automated order processing.

System integration will become a thing of the past as pharmacy systems move to a cloud strategy utilizing web-based front ends. This virtualization of desktops will give pharmacists anytime, anywhere access to real-time data independent of operating system or device.

This combined with advances in mobile technology will move pharmacists to the patient where they will have a greater impact on patient outcomes, reductions in patient mortality, decreased medication errors and lower hospital costs."

John Poikonen, Pharm.D. and Clinical Informatics Director:

"The American Pharmacy Informatics Association (APIA) will take over control of the way FDA regulates pharmacist ‘perfection’ of medication orders. The APIA will be charged with establishing and approving the safe and appropriate clinical decision support criteria (A-CDS) for each therapeutic entity. They will approve the clinical decision support criteria to determine the conditions when medications can bypass direct pharmacist review."

More on Poikonen’s vision of the future and his ideas for the APIA can be found at his blog.

We agree that bar-coding, clinical decision support and cloud/web-based computing will play a big role in the next ten years, shown by our investments in MedBoard medication tracking and Sentri7 electronic surveillance and decision support.

What do you think? Add your thoughts to the discussion on our message board: What will pharmacy look like in 2020?

To swift and safe healthcare,
Team Pharmacy OneSource

  

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