A pharmacy information system (PIS) is a software system that records, manages, and stores patient data. This data is then used for patient tracking, decision support, re-ordering, quality assurance, reporting, billing, and ultimately workflow management. A pharmacy information system is used in inpatient and outpatient settings.
A PIS has many different purposes and functions in order to maintain the supply and organization of pharmaceutical drugs. Sometimes, this can be a separate system only used in the pharmacy. Other times, it may be synchronized with an inpatient hospital computer physician order entry (CPOE) system. When a PIS is paired with a CPOE, it allows for transfers of information.
The benefits of a PIS (implemented and used properly) are a reduction of medication errors, an increase in patient safety, to report drug usage, and it gives an ability to track costs.
Inpatient pharmacy information systems are used in the hospital organization. The outpatient pharmacy information systems are typically used in home settings for discharged patients, in clinics, and in long-term care facilities. However, a majority of the uses, capabilities and benefit of the PIS are comparable to inpatient and outpatient settings.
The outpatient PIS does have a stronger emphasis on medication labeling, drug warnings, and instructions for administration.
In order for a PIS to operate at it’s potential and provide benefits, certain criteria must be met:
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