How 4 hospital pharmacies are improving operations

Several hospitals recently announced innovative partnerships, programs or technology to improve pharmacy operations. 

Here are four:

  1. SwedishAmerican (Rockford, Ill.) This hospital opened the first self-serve pharmacy in the Northern Illinois region, called the ScriptCenter. The kiosk is available for patients 24/7 and allows patients to pick up their prescriptions when it's convenient for them.

  2. Halifax Health (Daytona Beach, Fla.) This Florida health system partnered with grocery store chain Publix to build a Publix pharmacy in its Halifax Health Medical Center to make prescriptions easily accessible for patients.

  3. Northern Maine (Fort Kent) Medical Center. This Maine hospital is adding a meds-to-beds program to deliver prescriptions to patients before they are discharged.  Patients who have trouble affording their medications are provided a financial counselor. Pharmacists are also available to help patients find affordable medications.

  4. NYC Health + Hospitals. This New York City health system expanded the role of its clinical pharmacists to include helping patients manage their hypertension medications, streamlining the care process. 

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