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The Emerging Role of the Pharmacist in the Healthcare Ecosystem

New 6-part eLearning series from Parata

This eLearning series, which we will release over the next few weeks, addresses the changing healthcare environment, the importance of technology as a tool to achieve improved care and efficiency, and the opportunities for pharmacists to play new strategic roles.

In developing this six-part series, we worked with a team of industry experts to provide perspectives from a variety of healthcare team members, including pharmacists, technology providers, regulatory experts, accountable care organizations and collaborative care networks.

Part 1: What’s ailing the traditional model?

While healthcare in the U.S. is considered among the highest in quality, it is also among the most costly with inefficiencies and significant gaps in care. Payments are based on volume, not value or outcomes.

Such gaps and fragmented care highlight the need for a whole-system approach to care delivery, where performance is measured and providers are held accountable across the continuum of care. As initiatives under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are advanced, patient care is becoming more integrated and coordinated, focusing on the value and quality of care rather than on volume of services provided.

Increasingly, pharmacists are being recognized as strategic members of a patient’s integrated healthcare team. They have the qualifications and experience to play an even greater role in patient care, expand their businesses and increase their revenue streams.

For the 11th consecutive year, pharmacists have ranked among
the top three most trusted professionals in the U.S.
— December 2013 Gallup poll

Later in the series, we will identify opportunities for pharmacists to make a big impact. Check back soon for Part Two: Just How Big are the Gaps?

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