How R.C. Smith Is Improving Efficiency in Pharmacy
Pharmacy leadership has been challenged with an intensified need for departmental efficiency in recent years. Staffing shortages caused by worker burnout, high technician turnover, fewer students enrolling in pharmacy schools, and a higher-than-expected retirement rate have all influenced staff shortage problems in pharmacy.
The expectations for pharmacists to become more involved in direct and personalized patient care have also increased the workload at a time when the workload is already overloaded. Additionally, escalating costs have amplified the importance of managing inventory and staff more proactively and effectively.
Using Pharmacy Automation to Enhance a Pharmacies Efficiency
One way of addressing the staffing challenges and improving efficiency in pharmacy is the selective addition of automation. Pharmacy automation can improve workflow and efficiency while simultaneously reducing medication errors. Data collected through automation can be utilized to facilitate better decision-making related to inventory management.
Applying Thoughtful Design to Enhance a Pharmacies Efficiency
While pharmacy automation can be a powerful tool for improving efficiency, it needs to be incorporated into a thoughtful pharmacy workflow design to provide the most impactful outcome.
Pharmacies have unique requirements that must be addressed and satisfied in a form-meets-function manner to allow staff the opportunity to perform their duties at the highest level possible.
A well-planned pharmacy design will not only improve efficiency, but it will also relieve stress, improve morale, and reduce medication errors while providing the best patient care experience possible.
Meaningful Features Built into R.C. Smith Pharmacy Casework to Enhance Efficiency
For a functional pharmacy design to perform optimally, it must be supported by purposeful pharmacy casework that incorporates numerous critical design elements into its design and engineering DNA.
● Modular Casework: This provides an ability to react to changing workspace requirements by being adaptable to change by means of easy reconfiguration, scalability, and supporting sustainable initiatives.
● Freestanding Casework: This means that reinforced walls will not need to be built for support, and walls will not need to be torn down or patched for reconfiguration.
● Pharmacy Specific Casework: This matches the form of the design to the function very specifically for each task in the pharmacy. This form-meets-function approach improves efficiency, improves ergonomics, and provides a more enjoyable work environment for your staff to work within.
Pharmacy is a demanding environment for casework, and not all casework is built equally to meet the needs successfully. R.C. Smith Modular Pharmacy Casework is engineered for Long Term Durability with high-quality materials, high-quality hardware, and industry-leading construction techniques like postformed cabinet bottoms and drawer/door sides that dramatically improve durability.
Turn-Key Solutions by R.C. Smith
R.C. Smith has been the leader in pharmacy design and modular pharmacy casework for over 50 years and has more than 10,000 completed installations to draw experience from.
Our design team works collaboratively to turn customers' dreams and requirements into successful projects. Our turn-key approach starts with a thoughtful space plan, utilizes functional modular pharmacy casework, and is supported by a professional installation.
Contact us today to learn how your pharmacy can optimize its workspace and improve efficiency with our turn-key solutions!