Implementation and outcomes of a pharmacist-managed clinical video telehealth anticoagulation clinic

This article intrigued me because it was look at innovated health practices for pharmacists.  As a class, we heard a lot about these types of practices from Profession of Pharmacy 1, but I rarely ever saw them in practice.

In this case study, the investigators looked at the use of clinical video technology to optimize the use of pharmacy specialty resources in a community-based outpatient clinic.

The pharmacists in this experiment where located about 12 miles away from the practice site and used videoconferencing to conduct patient interviews, evaluate INRs and gather other data.  The study found that a high level of patient satisfaction was maintained and pharmacist resources were able to be allocated to other duties.

I think that this something that we will be seeing more and more often in practice.  I think that at the current time there are some members of the older population that are skeptical of this idea, but as our generation becomes older, I believe businesses will see the advantage in this and begin implementing it.  What do you think?

Singh LG, Accursi M, Black KK.  Implementation and outcomes of a pharmacist-managed clinical video telehealth anticoagulation clinic.  Am J Health Syst Phar.  2015;72:70-73.  

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  1. I also believe that these tele-health clinics are an amazing aspect of pharmacy, allows us as student pharmacists to reach even more patients. Thus increasing the accessibility of healthcare to the patient. However, in Pennsylvania, tele-health clinics cannot be used since technicians and interns must be under the direct supervision of the pharmacist (meaning in person). This is something that the Hillman Cancer Center is trying to implement by to do so they are trying to advocate for the changing of laws. This is an area that will revolutionize the field of pharmacy.

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