Thinking of bringing your pharmacy into the 21st century using some of the newest technologies? Pharmacy employees know as well as anyone else in the working world how hectic and busy things can get, and this is doubly true when you’re hard at work trying to make sure that sick patients get their prescriptions.
Luckily, thanks to newer pharmacy innovations, things are much easier. Interactive voice recordings can handle telecommunications with customers, and pharmacy point of sale software can digitally accept a wide variety of payments from customers.
Your pharmacy can take part in the digital revolution and make things much easier and more convenient for your staff and your customers, too!
Upgrading Your Pharmacy
The first thing you will want to do before purchasing new computers, telephones, and point of sale terminals will be to sit down and think about which software solutions you would like to use, as different ones will offer support for different hardware platforms.
It is a safe bet for most modern software that you will need some slightly updated hardware. You will want to make sure your computers are 64-bit (most machines made in the last several years are exclusively 64-bit systems), and you will want to ensure that they are running the latest version of their operating system (typically Windows 10, macOS, or a Linux variant).
If you’re running Windows 10 on your pharmacy’s machines, open your Settings menu, choose Updates & Security, then choose Windows Update. Your machines will search for the newest update.
For macOS users, click the Apple menu, select System Preferences, then select Software Updates to have your computer check for new system upgrades.
If you’re running Linux, your update procedure will depend on what distribution you’re on. For Debian-based systems, simply run sudo apt update on a terminal for the newest updates. If you’re on an Arch-based system, running sudo pacman -Syu will achieve the same effect.
Once you have your systems in place, just choose your preferred pharmacy software, install it, and set it up. Your pharmacy will seem like a brand new place to work once you get used to how everything functions.