Offering a point-of-care medication dispensing system, complete with pre-packaged medications, delivers more benefits to your patients than simply sending them to a retail pharmacy to pick up their prescriptions. One of the main benefits is the enhanced ability the physician has to ensure the patient actually received their prescription, understands how to properly take their medication, and encourages a better question and answer session that the patient may not be comfortable engaging in with a random pharmacist.
When dispensing at the point-of-care, caregivers provide pre-packaged medications that are ready to dispense, in the sizes typically prescribed, so there is no need for the patient to make a second trip, only to wait in line or have to come back later to pick up their med(s) at a pharmacy.
Physicians as Patient Advocates
Doctors who have a point-of-care medication dispensing system at their clinics become more than just the person who treats the patient. They can effectively perform their duty as the patient’s advocate as well. By giving prepackaged medications at the clinic, doctors can also guide the patients and build a better professional relationship with them. This provides patients an avenue to communicate what they need from their healthcare providers.
A study from The Commonwealth Fund showed that 14% of insured Americans do not fill out their prescriptions for various reasons. This then impacts the outcome of their treatment, especially if they have chronic and serious conditions, like cancer, diabetes, and heart issues.
Further, an in-office dispensing system does away with the fragmentation that usually happens when there’s a third-party pharmacy. With cancer patients, for example, medical care can be more comprehensive if the pharmacist is from the same in-office facility who can carefully monitor any signs of complications or progress during the treatment.
Advocating for patients in the time of COVID-19
Being a patient advocate is an integral part of a physician’s professionalism. It means providing high-quality patient care, determining barriers that might prevent patients from getting the care they need and offering much-needed solutions.
COVID-19 is primarily transmitted between people through respiratory droplets and contact routes. Droplet transmission occurs when a person is in in close contact (within 1 m) with someone who has respiratory symptoms (e.g., coughing or sneezing) and is therefore at risk of having his/her mucosae (mouth and nose) or conjunctiva (eyes) exposed to potentially infective respiratory droplets. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doesn’t rule out the possibility of getting infected through contact with contaminated materials.
Dispensing medications at the point of care is very much needed now more than ever. With quarantine and social distancing measures being implemented to flatten the pandemic curve, giving patients the choice to purchase their prepackaged medications at the doctor’s clinic can minimize their exposure to other people.
In-office medication dispensing solutions at DirectRx
DirectRx is one of the best providers of prepackaged medications in the industry. We offer point-of-care pre-packaged medication and customized dispensing solutions to healthcare providers.
Whether you are an urgent care clinic, on-site clinic, hospital, work-comp clinic or physician practice, DirectRx can meet your needs related to an in-office medication dispensing system. Our system is easy to use, providing convenience to clinics and doctors.
Get in touch with us to find out how our expertise as one of the best, prepackaged medication providers can serve your medical practice.
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