Is Telepharmacy the Future of Pharmacy Services?

Jul 02, 2023

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Is Telepharmacy the Future of Pharmacy Services?

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of telehealth and telepharmacy services as patients and healthcare providers look for safe and convenient ways to deliver care. Let’s explore the differences between telehealth and telepharmacy, their legal implications, and the reasons why offering these services can benefit patients and providers.

Telehealth refers to the use of technology to deliver healthcare services remotely. This can include video conferencing, phone calls, messaging platforms, and remote monitoring tools. Telehealth allows healthcare providers to remotely diagnose and treat patients, monitor their progress, and provide counseling or education. Telehealth services can be used for consultations, testing services, mental health support, chronic care management, and urgent care needs.

Telepharmacy, on the other hand, involves the use of technology to deliver pharmacy services remotely. This can include medication therapy management, testing services, prescription verification and dispensing, medication counseling, and medication-related education. Telepharmacy can be used to improve medication adherence, manage chronic conditions, and provide access to pharmacy services in remote or underserved areas.

Benefits of Offering Telehealth and Telepharmacy

One of the key benefits of telehealth and telepharmacy services is improved access to care. Telehealth can help patients in rural or underserved areas access specialists or primary care providers without having to travel long distances. Telepharmacy can help patients in remote areas or those with mobility issues access medication, testing, and counseling services without leaving their homes.

Telehealth and telepharmacy can also help to reduce healthcare costs by avoiding unnecessary hospitalizations, reducing medication errors, increasing timely referrals, and improving medication adherence. Telehealth services have been shown to reduce hospital readmissions, emergency department visits, and hospital length of stay. Telepharmacy services have been shown to improve medication adherence and reduce medication-related hospitalizations.

Regulatory Requirements to Consider

While telehealth and telepharmacy share some similarities, they have different legal implications. Telehealth is subject to state and federal laws governing the provision of healthcare services, including licensure requirements, telemedicine practice standards, and privacy regulations. In contrast, telepharmacy is subject to pharmacy laws and regulations, such as state pharmacy practice acts, pharmacy board rules, and drug enforcement agency regulations.

One important consideration for telepharmacy is ensuring the safety and accuracy of medication dispensing. Telepharmacy providers must comply with state and federal laws and regulations related to prescription verification, record-keeping, and medication dispensing. In addition, telepharmacy providers must have adequate security measures in place to protect patient information and prevent unauthorized access. If you are interested in using telepharmacy for testing services, it is important to ensure that you comply with all legal and regulatory requirements related to the provision of testing services.

Despite these requirements, the use of telehealth and telepharmacy services is on the rise. According to a recent report by Grand View Research, the global telehealth market size is expected to reach USD 559.52 billion by 2027, while the global telepharmacy market size is expected to reach USD 123.59 billion by 2028.

Telehealth and telepharmacy services offer a convenient and effective way to deliver healthcare and pharmacy services. While there are legal and regulatory requirements that must be met, the benefits of these services are clear. As technology continues to evolve, we can expect to see even more innovative ways to use telehealth and telepharmacy to improve access to care and reduce healthcare costs. 

Telehealth and Telepharmacy can be a useful tool for providing testing services to patients in remote or underserved areas. By providing virtual assistance, interpreting results, and providing follow-up care, telepharmacy providers can help ensure that patients receive the care they need to Test, Already!

Tara and Chuck Schneider, POCTi Co-Founders