HCA 360 Topic 4 DQ 2
A pharmacy information system can offer a myriad of advantages in the health care field. It can provide a central location that is easy to access and searchable by both pharmacy staff and physicians, while acting as a resource for patients to contact the pharmacy directly. A PIS can also function as an HMIS, which will reduce costs related to workflow efficiency, patient experience, and health care itself.’
A pharmacy information system (PIS) plays a critical role within a health care network, providing core functionality for pharmaceutical management, workflow efficiency, and patient experience, as it interfaces with a variety of hardware and software systems. The PIS is one of the most significant pieces in helping achieve the best possible automation, integration, coordination, and control in pharmaceutical operations.
A pharmacy information system (PIS) can work toward health care network objectives by offering key components currently missing from a health information management system (HIMS). These components include managing medications, offering clinical decision support, collecting and processing patient data to set goals and track progress against them, and ensuring that the patient experience is a compelling one. These features can help decrease waste associated with unused medications, prevent medication-related errors and adverse events, increase the accuracy of information sent to insurance companies for billing, inform patients about the status of their prescriptions, and enhance patient loyalty to a pharmacy.
A pharmacy information system (PIS), which can provide benefits as an integrated human resources and patient management system, is an alternate solution to the traditional health care information systems. PIs are integrated pharmacy/technician tools that facilitate their workflow into one streamlined information stream. This stream delivers medications from pharmacy environment to the patient’s bedside.
A pharmacy information system (PIS) is dynamic, manual and hardware-driven, computer-based technology designed specifically to capture important data. A PIS will transmit data to an information management system (IMS) ─ a software platform that organizes and shares data within the health care network. The combination of the PIS and IMS is called an Enterprise Medical Record (EMR).
In the wake of health care reform and the Affordable Care Act, more patients are coming to expect their personal health experiences to be more convenient, efficient, and affordable. As a result, many health care payment models have been altered to cover patient quality outcomes as well as illness treatment costs. HMIS systems not only track these metrics but also work to integrate care between hospitals and pharmacies. PIS’s allow pharmacy management, both fast-to-market startups and large chains, to run an ambulatory care center within a retail environment while also preparing for the future of drug delivery.
Today, health care systems are suffering from a gap between the facilities where patients receive care and the pharmacy that provides it, leading to fragmented care and to gaps in patient care, access and outcomes. A health information system (HIS) can bridge this gap by capturing, standardizing and sharing data from various databases. This will lead to a more informed strategic approach to drug therapy.
The pharmacy practice management system is a major piece of an integrated information system that supports many critical functions in an ambulatory care setting, including those of health information management (HCIM), health care quality, and electronic prescribing. In many cases, PIS is the centralized repository of health care data processed by multiple departments. Access remains granted to clinicians and department managers having a legitimate need to access this information. The same principle applies to the use of practice management system data at the entity level (i.e., hospital or network) for business intelligence and/or quality improvement reporting purposes.
How does a pharmacy information system (PIS) function as an HMIS within a health care network? What influence might a PIS have on pharmacy workflow efficiency, health care/pharmaceutical costs, and patient experience?