Hospital Pharmacy Management (HPM) is an online pharmacy verification service designed to combat the restrictions of daily pharmacy services for hospital pharmacies. In this day and age, with simultaneous labor shortages and high unemployment rates, staffing can be an issue in any job field, including the healthcare industry and pharmaceuticals specifically.
In a time of staff consolidation and limitations, providing widespread pharmacy coverage can seem impossible, especially in rural areas or where patient loads don’t seem to justify heavy staffing. At the same time, it’s crucial to provide reliable and quality access to pharmacy services to maintain managed care contracts and access to essential, often lifesaving pharmacy services. This can be difficult to accomplish with the myriad of staffing issues that are prevalent today, but HPM can provide solutions.
1) 24/7 Staffing and Expanded Coverage
Bringing the telepharmacy approach to clinical pharmacy services can help limit the adverse effects of pharmacist and clinician shortages, especially in rural areas. Telepharmacy, which utilizes computerized pharmacy systems, works daily with the onsite pharmacists to understand specific needs and provide coverage 24/7, which isn’t achievable for most hospitals and onsite care providers. Employing telepharmacy services ensures that someone is always available to review orders, regardless of vacation and seasonal coverage or time of day. This is beneficial in and of itself, but it also means that pharmacies can handle larger volumes of patients and not overwork onsite staff. HPM ensures that you have the resources necessary to provide the best care possible.
2) Job Opportunities
While telepharmacy is about changing how coverage is done, HPM does not take over industry jobs, but provides them. With telepharmacy, hospitals don’t require their pharmacists to work on site. This means that health care providers can work remotely in any location, rather than having to face relocation for work or limiting their job searches to local positions. In the middle of a pandemic, this also protects pharmacists. In addition, by expanding the availability of coverage through telepharmacy services, the industry can continue to grow and require higher staffing rates in general. Telepharmacy aims to expand coverage, and with that comes expanded job opportunities in the industry, with fewer restrictions.
3) Higher Quality Services
A common myth about telepharmacy and HPM is that the quality and safety of services and regulations are reduced when compared to traditional pharmacy services. Not only do telepharmacy services provide the benefits that we’ve highlighted, but a multi-year study found that pharmacies utilizing telepharmacy services were more likely to find medication dispensing errors during the final checks than standard pharmacies. This study took place several years ago, and since then, technology and telepharmacy, in general, have exponentially improved. This means that telepharmacy services can be of higher quality than standard pharmacy services, and consequently that the popularity and success of telepharmacy are increasing exponentially as well. With the rise in coverage provided, more remote pharmacists are required, and more positions are available.
This is just a brief overview of the complicated telepharmacy services we provide; for more information on HPM and telepharmacy specifically, look into our guide on how telepharmacy works.
HPM is here to provide broader and more standard care. Offering intelligent and streamlined telepharmacy software provides more extensive job opportunities with fewer restrictions on location, hours, or resources. If you are ready to provide better patient care and better staffing opportunities, contact us today.