Throughout July, The Pharmaceutical Journal will analyse the drive to use digital technology in pharmacy. We will publish a series of articles looking at whether new technologies are freeing up time and improving safety, or whether they are blocking the human interaction essential for good patient care. #digitalpharmacy
The deadly online prescribing loopholeSubscription
Online prescribing has long operated in a regulatory grey area, with some online pharmacies evading oversight by exploiting technical loopholes in the law.
Communication between hospital and community pharmacists when patients are discharged is often absent, which can have a detrimental impact on patients’ health. The transfers of care around medicines — or ‘TCAM’ — scheme is beginning to change this, but there are several obstacles to overcome.
Some hospital trusts are making progress towards replacing paper prescriptions with their electronic counterparts, but others are yet to make the switch. Here are ten tips for successful implementation of electronic prescribing and medicines administration systems.
Despite lagging behind their distance-selling counterparts in online dispensing, the digital revolution in community pharmacy may still be led by the top four high street pharmacy chains.
NHS England has set an ambitious target to be paperless by 2024, a major part of which is implementing electronic prescribing and medicines administration systems in hospitals. Although progress is being made, there remain challenges to overcome.
From controversial marketing campaigns to fears that its vast dispensing facilities will quash high street pharmacy businesses, Pharmacy2U’s rise has not gone unnoticed.
Lack of time and not being able to access the required information means that many community pharmacists in England are not using abbreviated patient records online.
A solution developed to deliver clinical pharmacy services to remote dispensing GP practices in Scotland is being used as a model to expand telehealth services across the rest of NHS Highland.
With multiples tackling the threat of online retailers head on, should smaller chains and independents try to compete with the big boys?
How pharmacists can comply with GDPRSubscription
Pharmacies could be heavily fined if they break new data protection rules. Here is a quick guide on how to stay within the law.
Pharmaceutical Press, the publishing arm of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, has launched a digital product allowing clinicians to search for potential adverse drug reactions (ADRs) among more than 1,600 drugs.
Access to data will transform the NHS — it’s time pharmacists got to grips with clinical informatics, says Andrew Davies.
We can transform care by embracing portfolio working and remote technologies, says Ade Williams.
Claire Patel describes how Nottingham University Hospital pharmacy department took a leap into the world of health technology.
The student-led Robert Gordon University Pharmacy Law and Ethics Group reminds pharmacy professionals of how online behaviour can influence younger members of the profession.
In the age of information, digital technology affects everyone’s lives. It is one of the most important tools for a modern society to operate efficiently. In healthcare, technology is used not only to reduce human effort, but also to improve a patient’s quality of life, and even save lives.
'Paperless NHS' drive ignores community pharmacySubscription
A lack of funding and the effects of the electronic prescribing system have meant that pharmacies are using more paper than ever.
An undercover investigation carried out by The Times is further proof that online pharmacies should be prohibited from prescribing and dispensing opioid medicines until they can prove they are safe.
Every four seconds a health or care professional in England accesses an NHS patient’s summary care record
Amazonising pharmacy — reality or just a rumour?Subscription
If the headlines are to be believed, the online commerce company Amazon is setting its sights on the US pharmacy market, and entry to the UK market could follow.
Five tips to help pharmacy professionals digitise their career.
Pharmacy professionals give their thoughts and advice on the receiving negative comments on social media.
Steve Hemsley describes how pharmacy professionals can optimise the use of social media to develop and grow their career or business.
Steve Hemsley reports on the latest advancements in health technology, how they will affect the careers of pharmacy professionals, and why new technologies should be embraced in order to win the race for relevance.
Technology enables better healthcare, so it comes as no surprise that many pharmacists are dedicating their careers to developing digital solutions to optimise patient health outcomes.
Despite the recent announcement that it plans to close 200 stores, Stephen Watkins, director of pharmacy items at Boots, promises that its ongoing digital transformation will be a game changer for the entire industry.
Jeremy Macdonald: 'The data we collect are critical to understanding how people are using our services'
Jeremy Macdonald speaks to The Pharmaceutical Journal about his newly expanded role and how his team uses technology to understand and respond to the needs of Royal Pharmaceutical Society members.
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