The practice of pharmacy is embracing technology in a big way. From help with dispensing medications to pharmacy workflow and more, if you’re a pharmacist today, you should at least be aware of the technological tools that are providing these services.
All pharmacists and pharm techs need to be computer savvy, being able to access e-mail and word processing documents (such as the Microsoft Office Suite of tools which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and more).
Yet because technology is being used to such a great extent in retail and hospital pharmacies all across the country, pharmacists and pharm techs today need to continually keep their technology skills relevant.
Read below for what we believe are the top five technology skills today’s travel pharmacists need.
- You should know your way around ScriptPro®. From its robotic prescription dispensing system to workflow systems, to its drug database, ScriptPro® is becoming the go-to technological tool used by pharmacies and pharmacists. If you don’t have a good feel for ScriptPro®, you could be at a disadvantage. ScriptPro® Central Workflow in particular is one that every pharmacist should know well. SP Workflow identifies and batches all prescriptions so that the delivery of proper medication takes place. You’ll need to be able to read the reports for pharmacists, understanding the detailed insight they provide into how many prescriptions are being filled each day and who filled them, among others.
- You’ll need to learn an electronic prescribing system, particularly one that’s attached to an electronic health record (EHR).
- If you work in a long-term care facility, you’ll need to be comfortable working with OneMAR Innovation’s services. This Web-based system incorporates all pharmacy information and systems and was created specifically for long-term care facilities. OneMAR replaces the need for the paper MAR (medication administration record) with an electronic one that scans packages and brings up all of a particular patient’s medical history, list of medications, times of medication and even their photo.
- A pharmacist also should have a working knowledge of any accounts receivable software his or her retail pharmacy may use. Such software systems provide pharmacies control over their cash flow, as well as workflow.
- Automatic price updating software is another technological tool a pharmacist should familiarize him/herself with. These systems update price schedules based on competitive prices for a pharmacy’s particular region.
What technology skills did we miss that you feel are important for a pharmacist/pharm tech to know? Are there any that you particularly love (or dislike)?
Whether you’re a pharmacist or pharm tech, if you have one or two years of recent professional pharmacy experience and are interested in learning more about opportunities in travel assignments, the recruiters at MedPro Healthcare Staffing want to hear from you. Contact us today!