Technology is here whether it is cloud infrastructure, or the ‘pipes’ for data flow and of course AI and Machine Learning to augment what pharmacists and patients can do manually. Digital health is providing connectivity between clinicians and patients, automation for routine tasks and so on. Yes integrating new solutions with existing pharmacy software or EMR systems may not seem as simple at times, but its getting better. Because true value is in the integrated workflows for clinicians and patients.
Data needs to get there. Standards like FHIR are better established now so patient data exchange for one universal patient record with up to date medication list and more can take place. Data blocking legislation is going to provide the needed stick for healthcare organizations to share data openly based on patient requests.
Incentives are evolving, focus on Pill dispensing is driven by revenue needs of pharmacies. Regulatory changes in terms of Provider status for Pharmacists is a move in the right direction based on state, so they can get reimbursed for more than just MTM consults.
Pharmacists and Digital Health. There are enough studies that have shown pharmacists to have more than paid for themselves in terms of preventing potential complications from polypharmacy as part of a multi-disciplinary care team, delayed patients from needing dialysis and so on. In terms of how pharmacists can get started, depending on how and what you are interested in: