3 Benefits to Integrating a Paperless Compounding Medication Ordering System
If you operate a compounding medication pharmacy, then you may take orders for prescriptions in various ways. For example, you may have a fax machine or email that is devoted to doctors' offices calling or sending in patient prescriptions. You may have a fax line for hospitals. You may also have phone lines that handle multiple prescription orders coming into the pharmacy. These different methods can get confusing and may result in the loss or delay of some prescription requests; this may lead you to considering a paperless ordering system. Here are three benefits of a paperless compounding medication ordering system for your pharmacy.
Readable Prescription Orders
One of the issues that can delay a prescription order is when it is hard to read. This can be due to handwriting, or it can be due to the fax machine system causing reading issues with the copied and sent request. When you use a paperless compounding medication ordering system, the prescriptions are scanned using a program on a computer, laptop or smart device like a tablet or phone. The scanned copy gives a cleaner image and it can be sent through the ordering system, which cleans it up as well. If it is not legible or if there is an issue, the system will kick it back before it reaches the pharmacy. This leaves a reduced chance of delays filling the prescriptions while you wait for a new prescription to be sent.
Speed of Prescription Response
If you have prescriptions coming through different methods, you are likely to have one method waiting longer than another. For example, if you have orders coming in through a fax machine, but you are having a very busy day with the phone or clients in the pharmacy, then you may put off checking the fax machine for anywhere from several minutes to several hours. This means that some prescriptions are sitting and waiting. With a paperless compounding medication ordering system the orders come in through one portal, allowing you to get to those orders in a timely manner.
Reduced Chances of Lost or Misplaced Prescriptions
If a fax machine is one of the methods you use for compounding medication orders, then you may have a chance of lost or misplaced prescriptions. This can be due to error on the fax machine end, such as a missed communication. It can also be due to a pharmacy worker moving the fax and misplacing it by accident. With the paperless compounding medication ordering system this doesn't occur, as nothing is there to misplace and the system generally keeps a backup copy if one is accidentally deleted.
These are just three of the key benefits to integrating a paperless compounding medication ordering system in your pharmacy. If you think this may work ideally for your pharmacy, contact your local IT specialist or someone with a specific ordering system company that deals with the type of ordering system you need.