Telepharmacy: a pharmacist's perspective on the clinical benefits and challenges

Poudel, Arjun and Nissen, Lisa M. (2016) Telepharmacy: a pharmacist's perspective on the clinical benefits and challenges. Integrated Pharmacy Research and Practice, 5 75-82. doi:10.2147/IPRP.S101685


Author Poudel, Arjun
Nissen, Lisa M.
Title Telepharmacy: a pharmacist's perspective on the clinical benefits and challenges
Journal name Integrated Pharmacy Research and Practice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2230-5254
Publication date 2016-01-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.2147/IPRP.S101685
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 5
Start page 75
End page 82
Total pages 8
Place of publication Macclesfield, United Kingdom
Publisher Dove Medical Press
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract The use of information and telecommunication technologies has expanded at a rapid rate, which has a strong influence on healthcare delivery in many countries. Rural residents and communities, however, often lack easy access to healthcare services due to geographical and demographical factors. Telepharmacy, a more recent concept that refers to pharmaceutical service provision, enables healthcare services, such as medication review, patients counseling, and prescription verification, by a qualified pharmacist for the patients located at a distance from a remotely located hospital, pharmacy, or healthcare center. Telepharmacy has many recognizable benefits such as the easy access to healthcare services in remote and rural locations, economic benefits, patient satisfaction as a result of medication access and information in rural areas, effective patient counseling, and minimal scarcity of local pharmacist and pharmacy services. Telepharmacy undoubtedly is a great concept, but it is sometimes challenging to put into practice. Inherent to the adoption of these practices are legal challenges and pitfalls that need to be addressed. The start-up of telepharmacy (hardware, software, connectivity, and operational cost) involves considerable time, effort, and money. For rural hospitals with fewer patients, the issue of costs appears to be one of the biggest barriers to telepharmacy services. Moreover, execution and implementation of comprehensive and uniform telepharmacy law is still a challenge. A well-developed system, however, can change the practice of pharmacy that is beneficial to both the rural communities and the hospitals or retail pharmacies that deliver these services.
Keyword Challenges
Clinical benefits
Healthcare services
Pharmacist
Telepharmacy
Rural hospitals
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Pharmacy Publications
 
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