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The Missing Link

The final entry of our Emerging Rx Series

We’ve examined the challenges, gaps and missing factors in our traditional health care model. We’ve looked at new care models that aim to address those issues and how pharmacists’ roles are changing.

Today, we’ll tackle the last portion of our eBook: technology as the missing link.

Part 6: The Missing Link

Health care providers are looking to pharmacists for help keeping patients healthy. With their frequent access to patients and expertise in medication management, pharmacists are well positioned for the job.

As they step up to fill gaps in patient care, pharmacists they’re discovering other gaps — in information. Technology can connect pharmacists to the patient data they need.

Health care providers who work in team-based care models are using technology to collect and share patient information.

Health information exchanges (HIEs) allow providers to quickly and safely access clinical data. Each provider contributes to the record and acts on the same information. This visibility reduces duplicate efforts and supports outcome-based care.

As part of the health care team, pharmacists should be included in these health information exchanges.

If they haven’t already, pharmacists should standardize their medication therapy management sessions. Key data points and health indicators from these sessions should be shared with the care team through an HIE. In addition to streamlining care, this will help other providers and players outside the system better understand the strategic role pharmacists play.

Pieces of this technology, including HIEs themselves, are available today. But there’s still a missing link. We’re missing a pharmacy management system that integrates with an HIE.

To learn more, download our complete related eBook, “The Emerging Role of the Pharmacist in the Healthcare Ecosystem,” and its accompanying infographic.

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