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The Rule Book for Your Pharmacy Business

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Jun 20, 2019 @ 01:47 PM

 

Have you ever played a game without fully understanding the rules? Frustrating right? You get the concept and the end goal but the first time or two you play there's confusion, arguing with team mates and opponents alike, and just a general feeling of exasperation.

Whether we're playing a board game or trying to understand the concept of Frisbee golf for the first time, there's only one thing that gets you through those first awkward attempts. Understanding how the game is supposed to be played.

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Tags: pharmacy technology, customer service, pharmacypos, Pharmacy Profitability, pharmacy pos

Shouldn't This be Easier? Identifying Ineffective Pharmacy Workflows

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, May 23, 2019 @ 11:31 AM

For a long time, I disdained the pressure cooker hype. To me, it seemed like one extra, and very large, piece of equipment to take up space in my kitchen. But when my trusty slow cooker bit the dust I decided to buy one of those all in one do everything instant pots. I was still pretty sure I’d never use the pressure cooker function. I’d never cooked that way and didn’t see a reason to start.

But eventually, a lack of planning and absence of time had me giving something new a try. And as a result, discovering I’d been wasting a lot of time and energy because I hadn’t recognized the inefficiency in the way I was doing certain things.

My point here is that doing something the long way doesn’t mean it’s better. Seems obvious, but sometimes we get so mired down in the way we do things that we don’t stop to ask ourselves an important question. Shouldn’t this be easier?

If you’re looking at some of the workflows in your pharmacy, and you start to ask yourself this question, you’re likely going to find yourself saying “yes” at least a few times. And maybe lot more. But at the same time, you may wonder whether it’s worth it to invest the time, effort or money into changing workflows around. Here are some helpful qualifications to get you on the right track.

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Tags: pharmacy, pharmacy point-of-sale, pharmacy technology, pharmacypos, pharmacy pos

What Does "Strategy" Actually Mean Anyway?

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, May 16, 2019 @ 10:53 AM

If you dive down the rabbit hole of trying to better your business in any meaningful way, you're going to run into the idea of "strategy". It's become so prevalent it almost seems like a buzzword. And it's easy to start to think it might not really apply. After all, you're not playing a board game or planning a hostile takeover. You're running a pharmacy. Do you really need to think about strategy?

At the most basic level, a strategy is not a game of chess. It's not you pitted against anyone else either. It's a plan that you use to achieve a goal.

But if it's that simple, and that sensible, why doesn't everyone use a more strategic approach to growth and profitability in their pharmacy? Well, like most things the big picture is just that. Way too big to tackle in one piece. Breaking it up into smaller pieces makes everything much more manageable. Here's how to do it.

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Tags: pharmacy, pharmacy point-of-sale, pharmacy technology, customer loyalty, Efficiency, Pharmacy Profitability, pharmacy pos

What to do When Space is at a Premium in Your Pharmacy

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, May 09, 2019 @ 04:35 PM

Getting rid of unnecessary clutter seems to be trending. From simple organization hacks, to purging your life of everything that doesn't bring you joy, or even tiny house living. The idea that less is more is taking over.

Whether you subscribe to this theory of less is more in your personal life, chances are there's at least one place that could benefit from a more minimalist approach.

The pharmacy counter is often stuffed to capacity. Counter top displays compete for space with point-of-sale equipment and you need more registers than you actually have space for.

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Tags: pharmacy point-of-sale, pharmacy technology, pharmacypos, Efficiency, pharmacy pos

What's the Real Cost?

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Apr 18, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Cost vs. value is a tricky thing. How do you decide whether something is really worth the money you'll spend on it? It's a question we talk about often here at RMS, as pharmacy-point-of-sale isn't just an application and a bunch of new hardware. Point-of-sale is an investment in your pharmacy. And if you invest in the right POS system, your returns can be pretty big.

But where do those returns actually come from? How does money out of pocket for new technology in your pharmacy end up becoming a positive on your bottom line?

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Tags: pharmacy point-of-sale, pharmacy technology, Efficiency, Pharmacy Profitability, employees, pharmacy pos

Are Your Pharmacy Staff Dependent on You?

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Apr 11, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

This coming Fall, my kiddos will be starting Kindergarten. And even 5 months away, there's a flurry of preparation. I've filled out what feels like a mountain of paperwork, copied all of their records twice, and attended orientations meant to prepare the little ones and their parents for the upcoming change.

Throughout this process, I've realized just how much I've inadvertently been doing for my kids, rather than teaching them how. Little things like making sure that they can turn jacket sleeves right side out so they don't hold up the recess line or knowing that they can peel a banana on their own at lunch time.

These things just never seemed like a big deal. It's faster to help the kid get their coat on than it is to put down the car keys and take the time to walk them through doing it themselves. And when lunch is on the table, well it just makes sense to have it accessible from the start. But what felt easier at the time was really just past me finding a way to give me future me a massive headache.

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Tags: pharmacy, pharmacy point-of-sale, pharmacy technology, employees, pharmacy pos

5 Things That Can Throw Your Pharmacy Off Balance

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Apr 04, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Two weeks ago I woke up, attempted to get out of bed and promptly fell on my face. While I'm not what you'd call graceful, this kind of clumsiness is definitely uncharacteristic. A trip to the doctor's revealed that I had an ear infection, which was doing all sorts of nasty things to my equilibrium.

While I knew that ear infections could cause balance problems and dizziness, I'd never actually experienced it for myself. I was a bit surprised that something that seemed to be impacting me so little in every other way was throwing me off of my game so much.

There are so many working pieces that keep us balanced. Both physically, in our personal lives and in our businesses. In your pharmacy, there are dozens of seemingly small or unconnected things that can throw your entire pharmacy business out of balance if you aren't careful.

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Tags: pharmacy, pharmacy point-of-sale, pharmacy technology, Efficiency, pharmacy pos, pharmacy security

3 Reasons to Invest in Training in your Pharmacy (Video)

Posted by Cassandra Castillo on Thu, Mar 28, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

 

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Tags: pharmacy, pharmacy point-of-sale, pharmacy technology, employees

Why You Should Automate Price Updates in Your Pharmacy

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Mar 14, 2019 @ 06:00 AM

There are some things that it makes sense to do the long way. The extra work makes your end result better. Warm from the oven homemade cookies (or fresh from the local bakery) are always going to be better than the package you bought at the grocery store. And taking the time to have a meaningful interaction with your pharmacy customers will lead to more loyal, long term customers compared to a pharmacy that treats patients as just another prescription number.

But there are definitely a more than a few areas you can make up valuable time by automating key pharmacy processes. One such process that we run into quite a bit is streamlining the price and cost change process. Through integrations between your pharmacy point-of-sale system and your wholesalers, you can take advantage of automated price updates.

Even pharmacies with small front ends can put this feature to good use. Even updating a few products by hand each day takes up valuable time and increases your margin for error.

Here are a few other reasons you might want to consider automated price updates:

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Tags: pharmacy point-of-sale, pharmacy technology, Efficiency, Pharmacy Profitability, pharmacy pos

4 Ways To Delight Tech Savvy Pharmacy Customers [VIDEO]

Posted by Cassandra Castillo on Thu, Feb 28, 2019 @ 08:52 AM

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Tags: pharmacy, pharmacy technology, mobile pharmacy pos, customer loyalty, customer service, prescriptions, Pharmacy Profitability, EMV, pharmacy pos

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