In today’s value-based world, all clinicians, including pharmacists, are continually asked to do more, and deliver more value—often with fewer resources. The truth is that many pharmacists feel overworked and underappreciated—conditions that can lead to turnover, poor morale and weak engagement. The reality is that implementing new technologies can be challenging, and being involved in strategic initiatives, while exciting and important, also requires more pharmacist time. By implementing RPS, hospital leaders are demonstrating to pharmacy staff that they are committed to making these transitions smoother by providing extra resources and support. In doing so, they’re sending a clear message to full-time employee pharmacists that they are, indeed valued and appreciated—and that their engagement with clinical teams and patients is critical to the hospital’s success.
The more directions pharmacists are pulled—whether it be assisting with the implementation of new technology systems or guiding strategic clinical initiatives—the greater the need for additional pharmacist support. With strategic partners, hospitals can enlist as many or as few pharmacists as needed, with room to scale up or down to meet the demands of various initiatives.
In today’s environment, hospitals must seize every opportunity to prevent errors that jeopardize clinical outcomes and threaten reimbursement, while simultaneously improving the patient experience. Remote pharmacy services enable hospitals to accomplish one or even all of these goals.
1Patient Safety Applications of Barcode and RFID Technologies, Zebra Technologies