The Benefits and Challenges of Telepharmacy
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The delivery of pharmacy care to patients via telecommunications has been practiced in the U.S., for more than two decades. Originally conceived to serve remote, rural communities, telepharmacy has been expanding to reach other underserved areas and people. It was further spurred by the social and public health conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Telepharmacy can improve patient care and outcomes, but it also comes with challenges. This technology profoundly changes how people communicate and interact, and because of this, it can lead to changes that may not always be beneficial. Pharmacists and pharmacy staff who are aware of these challenges can mitigate them through proper education and practice.
Define the term telepharmacy and describe its uses in the pharmacy setting
Describe the benefits and challenges of telepharmacy
Identify ways to overcome the challenges of telepharmacy
Identify regulatory issues related to telepharmacy
II. The Evolution of Telepharmacy
1. Telepharmacy and Remote Access
2. Telepharmacy and COVID-19
III. Defining Telepharmacy
IV. Technologies Used in Telepharmacy
1. Technologies and Applications
V. Benefits of Telepharmacy
1. Pharmacy Access to Rural Communities
2. Expanded Role for Pharmacists though Telepharmacy
3. Telepharmacy and Patient Outcomes
4. Telepharmacy and Mandatory Social Distancing
VI. Identifying and Minimizing the Challenges of Telepharmacy
1. Telepharmacy and Digital Empathy
2. Telesecurity and HIPAA Compliance within Telepharmacy
3. Computer or Technological Literacy
4. Monopolization of Telepharmacy by National Pharmacies
5. Regulatory Issues Related to Telepharmacy
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Faculty Planner Disclosure
The following individuals were involved in the development of this activity: Gerald Gianutsos, Ph.D., J.D., and Susan DePasquale, MSN, PMHNP-BC. There are no financial relationships relevant to this activity to report or disclose by any of the individuals involved in the development of this activity.
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- Activity Release Date: 12/19/2022
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- Activity Type: Knowledge
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