Shining Light on the Numbers
As the year comes to a close, we’re shining light on all our scripClip family of pharmacies has accomplished in 2023. This past year alone, we have collectively:
- Safely put upwards of 1 million prescriptions per month in patients’ hands
- Saved approximately 100,000 hours-worth of time at the point of sale – not to mention dispensing and return-to-stock time savings
- Prevented ‘loss’ of more than 14,600 prescriptions (knowing 1.22/1000 are correctly dispensed but misplaced or given to the wrong patient)
- Achieved more than $9 million in annual savings across nearly 300 pharmacy locations
- Alleviated strain on thousands of pharmacy staff members, including pharmacists, technicians, clerks and cashiers
Basking in Customer Successes
While a pharmacy management system (PMS) and point-of-sale (POS) technology are absolutely essential to retail and ambulatory pharmacy operations, scripClip will-call automation has become the lifeblood of many pharmacies.
- “I truly do not know how we did this job before having this system. We can’t operate without it,” said Karen Lightsey, owner of Fort Williams Pharmacy.
> See what else she had to say
- “You’re our favorite vendor by far,” Mike Berube, director of pharmacy at Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, said.
> Read the case study
- “Our pharmacists have been able to spend less time counting pills and more time operating at the top of their licenses,” Alyssa Lynam, PharmD, pharmacy supervisor at the Nebraska Medicine Durham Outpatient Pharmacy said.
> Check out how their Central Fill operation works
Reflecting on a Live Webinar
We got together with three pharmacy leaders this fall to discuss their experiences selecting and implementing will-call automation technology. Patient safety, time savings (at the point of sale and with return to stock), and staff morale were the most important factors. Here’s some of what they had to say:
What prompted you to consider a will-call solution?
- “We felt like prescriptions were getting lost,” Courtney Polin of Grove Park Pharmacy “We couldn’t find them very easily and our customers were getting frustrated, we were getting frustrated, and so the idea of being able to locate a prescription with the press of a button was fantastic! … Now, we can find [prescription orders] anywhere in the store and it’s really saved a lot of wait time for our customers. That was our biggest selling point.”
- “The most important thing is making sure the right people get the right prescriptions,” said Teri Anders, owner of Rock Creek Pharmacy.
Why scripClip, as opposed to other will-call solutions out there?
- “I liked [scripClip] because it could grow with us,” Stephanie Stevens of St. Mary’s Medical Center “It seemed more user friendly and more adaptable; if I wanted to change the store around, I didn’t have to worry about moving around other fixtures besides the bags.”
What return on investment have you seen?
- “It saves a lot of time and effort for my employees,” Stevens said. “It’s a much more pleasant experience for both patient and staff member.” Making sure patients don’t leave the pharmacy without all of their prescriptions is a tremendous benefit.
- “Return to stock wasn’t being done prior to us getting the system and it just makes it more simplified, more streamlined,” she also explained. Now they do it daily – running a quick report to retrieve all aged prescriptions that aren’t picked up and putting them back to stock as time allows throughout the day. Anders and Polin do the same.
- And Anders said simply, “Sometimes it just does you a lot of good to make your staff happy!”
What advice do you have for other pharmacy leaders starting to consider will-call automation?
- “One of the most important things I did when I was trying to choose [what will-call system to use] was include my pharmacy staff. I got their opinions. I wanted their feedback. I wanted their buy-in so when we started using it, they didn’t feel like it’s something I forced on them, but it was something they had picked out … to help them in the pharmacy,” Stevens explained – adding that the ease of installation and onboarding reiterated that they made the right choice. “It was such a simple training to do.”
- Polin echoed the sentiment, explaining that change can be difficult for tenured employees, “but once they saw how seamlessly you could light up a bag and find a prescription, they bought into it really quickly. … It has been a game changer with our staff morale – being able to find bags and provide customer service,” she said. “It’s 100% worth it.”
Looking Ahead to 2024
According to our customers, the top 5 things on pharmacy leaders’ minds as they gear up for 2024 are:
- Further improving workflow efficiencies
- PBM reimbursement and DIR fee challenges
- Reducing phone calls
- Finding staff
Cheers to the results scripClip pharmacies and their patients have seen in 2023. We look forward to helping fuel success in 2024, for these pharmacies and many more.