Replace equipment that is underperforming
Pharmacy technology has improved significantly over the years. If you were an early adopter of pharmacy automation, you may have outdated and underperforming equipment as part of your workflow. Underperforming equipment can decrease the efficiency of your workflow and inhibit further growth for your pharmacy. Replacing equipment that is underperforming is a great way to drastically improve your pharmacy workflow in one easy step. You can look through the products available from Noritsu and compare the latest technology to the equipment you currently use. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover the level of efficiency and improved technology that is now available.
Take time for staff training
Automated pharmacy equipment will help improve the efficiency of your workflow and minimize the number of staff you need in the pharmacy. However, automation does not mean that your pharmacy will be completely run by machines. You still need to have a strong team to take care of the parts of the process that can not be completed automatically. However, any processes run by staff have more room for error and the potential for creating a bottleneck in the workflow.
You can minimize human error and maximize your staff hours by investing time in staff training. Your staff is one of your biggest assets. While it can be difficult to take the time that is needed to train your staff, the time you invest in training will help improve your workflow going forward. When each staff member understands his or her role, your pharmacy will run more smoothly.
Redesign your current workflow
Improving workflow in pharmacy is a multifaceted process. You can improve the efficiency of your workflow by investing in pharmacy automation and providing your team with better training. There are situations, however, when a new piece of equipment and improved staff training are not enough to significantly improve the efficiency of a workflow.
If you simply cannot see any way to increase the efficiency of your current workflow, it is time to take a look at the workflow itself. Sometimes a complete redesign of your workflow is the only way to significantly improve efficiency. It can be difficult to dissect and redesign a workflow that you are entrenched in day in and day out. The redesign will go more smoothly if you bring in an expert outside perspective. At Noritsu, we have workflow experts who can analyze your current workflow and help you develop a plan and process that will improve your pharmacy workflow. If you want to consult with a workflow expert about the setup at your pharmacy, reach out to Noritsu to schedule a consultation.
Trust the experts at Noritsu
If your goal is to serve more patients through your central fill pharmacy or long term care facility pharmacy, take a close look at the efficiency of your workflow. Look for ways you can increase productivity in your current location and with your current staff before you consider moving to a larger space and hiring additional staff.
A few pieces of carefully chosen automation equipment combined with a redesign of your current workflow have the potential to significantly impact your efficiency. We know there’s no one-size-fits-all approach for pharmacy operations. That’s why we’ll help you analyze your workflow, and offer you multiple levels of technology to streamline productivity.
At Noritsu, we have experts who help you maximize your efficiency. You can get started on the process of improving your pharmacy workflow by reaching out and scheduling a workflow analysis with Noritsu.