Telemedicine has become an important topic in the response to COVID-19 as a way for patients to receive in-person medical care. Telepharmacy, a growing segment of telemedicine, offers a solution to increase access to pharmacy care.
Telepharmacy has been experiencing growth as healthcare shifts from inpatient to outpatient care. Hospitals and health systems are using telepharmacy services to expand their pharmacy access 24×7 and in emergencies, reduce the cost of on-staff pharmacists, and improve patient outcomes.
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) defines telepharmacy as a method used in pharmacy practice in which a pharmacist utilizes telecommunications technology to oversee aspects of pharmacy operations or provide patient care services.
Technological advances now enable the connection of caregivers and patients directly to pharmacists in any care situation. Remote pharmacists may communicate with hospital or clinic staff as part of the patient-facing care team. Remote processing of inpatient medication orders has also improved dramatically, providing an efficient mechanism for these somewhat straightforward yet time consuming pharmacy tasks.
The demographics of telepharmacy are also changing to include all care settings in any location. Telepharmacy is becoming more mainstream, as all 50 states have adopted telepharmacy regulations. Currently only two states, Michigan and Georgia, do not allow remote pharmacist access.
AMI’s new report, Telepharmacy in 2020, provides background on telepharmacy and its uses. The new report also profiles the pharmacies currently using telepharmacy as we well as the software vendors that work with them.
Table of Contents
Telepharmacy Background – pgs. 4-6
- Comprehensive Pharmacy Services – pgs. 8-11
- CPA MedNovations – pg. 12
- Medication Review Inc. – pgs. 13-14
- NuCara Management Group – pg. 15
- PharmaCare Services – pgs. 16-17
- PharmD on Demand – pg. 18
- PipelineRx – pgs. 19-21
- Sav-Mor Drugs – pg. 22
- SpotRx/MedAvail Technologies – pgs. 23-24
- Telnet-Rx Remote Solutions – pg. 25
- eVisit – pgs. 27-28
- GlobalMedia Group, LLC – pgs. 29-30
- Indispensable Health – pg. 31
- Liberty Software – pg. 32
- MedTel Services – pg. 33
- OneTouch Telehealth – pg. 34
- PerceptiMed – pgs. 35-36
- PharmCo Rx – pgs. 37-38
- QS/1 – pgs. 39-40
- ScriptPro – pgs. 41-42
- Telecameron – pg. 43
- TelePharm/Cardinal Health – pgs. 44-45
- Transaction Data Systems/Rx30 – pg. 46
References/Sources – pg. 47-48