The Retail Management Solutions Point-of-Sale Point-of-View

5 Questions Answered About Outpatient Pharmacy POS

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Mar 08, 2018 @ 07:00 AM

At RMS, we know that one size doesn't fit all. Even in the world of outpatient pharmacy, where regulatory and compliance requirements rule so much of the day to day activities, there are still different needs and various ways of tackling problems on patient care. 

Of course, that makes the already involved process of evaluating point-of-sale systems even more complex. There are lots of different solutions to help outpatient pharmacies, but no magic button to press that will tell you just what you need. 

While that's not much help, we do find a common thread in the questions we receive from outpatient pharmacy teams on a regular basis. Here are 5 of the most common questions we get asked, along with the reader's digest answer.

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Tags: pharmacy point-of-sale, mobile pharmacy pos, prescriptions, EMV, pharmacy credit cards, employees, pharmacy pos

Why Wouldn't You Scan Driver's Licenses in your Pharmacy?

Posted by Karen Deckard on Mon, Apr 17, 2017 @ 07:00 AM

How many times a day do you have to document driver's license information? For many pharmacies, the answer is "more times than I can count".  So if you're manually entering that information, you're spending a lot of quality time with your keyboard.   

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Tags: pharmacy point-of-sale, prescriptions

5 Reasons Why Small Pharmacies Benefit from Point-of-Sale

Posted by Mike Gross on Thu, Jan 26, 2017 @ 07:00 AM

Over the 10+ years I’ve worked at RMS, smaller pharmacies continually bring up the concern that they are too small to benefit from POS.  They feel that because their front end is limited, they have a small staff, or don’t do a huge script volume, point-of-sale is overkill.  This couldn’t be further from the truth, and let me explain why.

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Tags: pharmacy, pharmacy technology, prescriptions, OTC, Efficiency, employees, pharmacy pos

Online Shopping doesn't Have to be a Huge Threat to Your Pharmacy

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Nov 03, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

For retail businesses, it seems that the battle to stay relevant is constant.  For pharmacies, the needs of consumers are always evolving, and their options for obtaining the products that your independent pharmacy carries are seemingly endless.  To say that trying to compete in today's market is overwhelming is a gross understatement.  Especially when your competition includes online retailers that take the idea of convenience to a whole new level.   

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Tags: pharmacy, mobile pharmacy pos, customer service, prescriptions, pharmacy pos

4 Common Mistakes that Pharmacy POS Can Help You Avoid

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

In a post earlier this week, I encouraged you to think about mistakes and how you handle them in your pharmacy.  Mistakes are inevitable and knowing how to acknowledge them, repair any damage caused, and move forward is so important. 

But that doesn’t mean that errors and inaccuracies have to be a part of your day to day. In fact, they really shouldn't be.  It goes without saying that accuracy is more important to pharmacies than pretty much any other retail business.  And while you have checks and balances in place to ensure that your pharmacy customers get the proper medications, there are some other areas where accuracy matters that often get overlooked. 

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Tags: pharmacy, customer service, prescriptions, pharmacypos, Efficiency

It's That Time Again for Pharmacies to Start Getting Busy

Posted by Karen Deckard on Mon, Aug 29, 2016 @ 08:59 AM

I spent my Sunday curled up on the couch with my 2 year old twins.  Not because it seemed like a great day to avoid the sun and catch up on cartoons but because the first bug of the season has struck my house.  Instead of chasing little feet around the back yard, I spent my weekend monitoring fevers and chasing runny noses.  

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Tags: pharmacy, customer service, prescriptions, Pharmacy Profitability, pharmacy pos

5 Questions to Help you Find a Good Culture Fit with Pharmacy Technology Providers

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

When you are purchasing pharmacy technology, there’s probably a lot going through your mind.  No matter what system you are replacing (or purchasing for the first time) it’s a big decision and a big investment.

The pressure to make the right decision can be immense.  There are many factors to take into consideration.  Features, ease of use, and cost often come into play.  But there’s one more important area that is often overlooked that has a major impact on how satisfied you’ll be with your purchase.   Is this new technology provider a good culture fit for your pharmacy?

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Tags: pharmacy, pharmacy technology, prescriptions, pharmacypos

Leveraging Pharmacy Technology to Improve Patient Counseling

Posted by Karen Deckard on Fri, May 06, 2016 @ 11:26 AM

If you haven’t noticed, we at RMS are pretty passionate about helping pharmacies to improve, grow and succeed.  We also passionately believe that for many pharmacies, what it takes to accomplish this has greatly evolved over the past 15 years.

While many pharmacies succeed with large front ends and even continue to grow, others are beginning to adapt to a new kind of business model.  One that’s patient care focused.  But running this model well takes more than a statement that your focus has changed.  You need a plan and the right technology to make it happen. 

We’ve seen a number of pharmacies adopt a more patient centric model over the past few years especially.  And what we’ve learned is that there are definitely some key factors involved.  Here are a few things to consider.

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Tags: pharmacy, customer service, prescriptions

One Signature in the Pharmacy is Better Than Two, or Six

Posted by Karen Deckard on Mon, Apr 18, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

rms-pharmacy-pos-isc250-signature-pad.jpgWhen RMS first started out, electronic signature capture wasn’t a thing.  We were actually the very first pharmacy POS provider to come to market with a solution.  But it wasn’t easy.  There were a lot of kinks, the hardware available at the time was only semi-reliable in the best of cases. We’ve come a long way since then.  Electronic signature capture is a must have for any pharmacy.  Operating without it slows down the checkout process and makes audits a lengthy and difficult process.

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Tags: pharmacy, pharmacy point-of-sale, pharmacy technology, customer service, prescriptions

How Pharmacy Point-of Sale Helps You Meet Customer Expectations

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Mar 24, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

These days it’s harder than ever to keep up with what customers want.  That’s because customers are more knowledgeable than ever and they have seemingly endless options to choose from.  We often talk about the customer experience and how it’s the most important thing for you to focus on in your pharmacy.  But what makes up the customer experience?  Specifically, what are customers looking for when they shop in your pharmacy? 

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Tags: pharmacy, mobile pharmacy pos, customer loyalty, customer service, prescriptions, Efficiency, pharmacy pos

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Retail Management Solutions is the industry leader in pharmacy point of sale technology for retail and outpatient pharmacies. having installed more pharmacy POS systems in the independent and outpatient pharmacies than any other company, RMS has become the industry standard. Whether you operate a single register pharmacy, 15 register superstore, or have multiple locations, we have a fit for you. You can count on us for prompt service in all 50 states, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. RMS is proud to be the only pharmacy POS provider in the nation that focuses strictly on the pharmacy market.