#NHITWeek: How is Health IT Critical to Improving the Quality of Healthcare and Pharmacy?
National Health IT Week, an annual campaign created by HIMSS and the Institute for e-Policy in 2006, focuses on “catalyzing change within the U.S. health system through the application of information and technology.” Participants such as, congressional leaders, businesses in the healthcare industry, non-profit organizations, and more, head to social media to share information and stories of Health IT using the hashtags #NHITWeek and #IHeartHIT.
National Health IT Week 2019 focuses on supporting healthy communities through the application of information and technology and provides points of engagement such as, “Advancing Public and Population Health”, “Modernizing the Public Infrastructure”, and a few others. Increased awareness of Health IT’s impact on the healthcare industry, begs us to ask the question, how critical is Health IT for improving the quality of healthcare, and in particular, pharmacy? Short answer: Very.
Technology and Pharmacy
From clinical services to inventory management, technology plays a pivotal role in improving patient outcomes.
With flu season approaching, the importance and urgency of immunizations is rapidly increasing. Having a solution that is able to collect data, organize it for you, and even enroll patients that have received the vaccine in the past, allows pharmacists to focus on in-person interactions with patients and lets the technology do the tedious work.
When it comes to inventory management, gone are the days where counting individual bottles and manually inputting counts are a daily task. When an inventory management system can automate the daily order process, provide near real-time cycle counts, and offers customized algorithms to meet specific business needs, pharmacists gain minutes and hours in a day, resulting in more focus on patients.
At the end of the day, patients are top priority, and with the help from technology and the people that develop industry-changing software, the healthcare and pharmacy industry are in a position for positive changes.