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The Impact of Technology on Pharmacists: Adapting to Digital Changes

The Impact of Technology on Pharmacists: Adapting to Digital Changes

Today, we’re going to talk about the impact of technology on changes for pharmacists in the digital age. A couple of the significant advancements in technology and its usage by pharmacists in pharmacies nowadays are artificial intelligence, commonly referred to as AI, as well as augmented reality/ virtual reality, abbreviated as AR/VR.
The first one, artificial intelligence (AI) from what I’ve been able to read, seems like it is being utilized, at least in some capacities, by pharmacists in hospital settings, and also in your normal everyday pharmacy at the corner store. When it comes to hospital settings, it has been shown to reduce some prescription errors, as most pharmacists can probably attest. Sometimes there’s a mistake when a provider is inputting the medication into a patient’s chart without going in the weeds. Artificial intelligence is, in some respects, able to catch some of these errors and help pharmacists out in that regard. Regarding the everyday pharmacy, like the corner pharmacy where many pharmacists probably work or own, it has been shown to improve efficiency, speed, and reduce errors in that capacity as well.
The other technological change has been augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR). From what I’ve read, these technologies are currently less utilized and are considered more cutting-edge than artificial intelligence has been in the past couple of years. According to my readings, augmented reality/virtual reality are hopefully being put in place to help those in underserved areas of our communities, specifically the older generation who might not be able to make it to a pharmacy or their healthcare provider. Through augmented reality/virtual reality visits with healthcare providers, individuals can receive their medication and then consult with pharmacists, potentially answering a few questions before arranging delivery or ensuring someone else can pick up the medication. These are technological changes that I have read about and seen being implemented now, and they are on the near horizon for pharmacists.
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