You’ve already got it written in big, bold letters on the nearest whiteboard: Lose a few pounds. Eat more greens. Take up hiking or rock climbing or crocheting. Go on that backpacking trip across Europe while you still have working legs. Since the clock struck 12 on January 1, you’ve resolved to start — and stick with — a handful of New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you’ve drafted out your plan, picked out your timeline, and put in place checks and balances to make sure you achieve your goals.


No doubt, you’ve made the effort to invest in yourself this year: but what are you doing to invest in your pharmacy?


After a whirlwind year like 2021, the start of a new season brings an opportunity to reset, refresh, and refocus your pharmacy for the next 12 months. This year, you can hone in on new goals that help you fulfill your ultimate goal: offering personalized, profitable patient care.


If you’re not sure where to start, consider trying out one of these goals:

  • Start a new clinical service
  • Revamp your front-end and spruce up your retail items
  • Optimize your workflow
  • Grow your team of pharmacists, techs, and support staff
  • Increase your community involvement
  • Open up a new location


Once you’ve decided on a goal for the new year, you can start mapping out how you’re going to get there.

Different people take different paths, but one thing rings true: you can’t reach your goals alone. In any undertaking, you usually call on family, friends, and in this case, fellow pharmacists to help you accomplish your goals. As you start working towards your goals, you need people that you can trust: including a technology partner. 


Enter the world of pharmacy software.

Pharmacy Software: Your New Tool for the New Year

If you’re not already familiar, a pharmacy software system (also called a pharmacy management system) is a technology platform that enables you to run all of the operations in your pharmacy.


A software system stores all of your data 一 from patient information to prescriptions to point-of-sale transactions 一 in one safe, convenient place. It offers all of the tools you need to manage staff, inventory, reporting, and more. With so many capabilities, your software system is the most important piece of technology you can buy.


If you’re looking to do new things in the new year, you need a pharmacy software system that can accomplish any goal, no matter how big or small. The question isn’t if you should invest in a new software system; it’s which one you should invest in.

The Top Software Vendors to Consider

There’s never been a better time to invest in new technology. Recent innovations in science and technology have made pharmacy software more simplified, streamlined, and powerful than ever before. Today, hundreds of vendors all across the world manufacture pharmacy software systems. A few stand out among the crowd, though.


Check out the top vendors for 2022 and see how they stack up against the competition 一 according to real input from real pharmacists in a recent Direct Opinions survey.


PioneerRx

  • #1 in Market Share
  • #2 in Customer Satisfaction
  • #1 in Conversions
  • #1 in New Store Installations
  • #1 in Competitive Gain

Rx30

  • #2 in Market Share
  • #6 in Customer Satisfaction
  • Tied for #4 in Conversions
  • #3 in New Store Installations
  • #4 in Competitive Gain


Micro Merchant Systems (PrimeRx)

  • #3 in Market Share
  • #4 in Customer Satisfaction
  • #3 in Conversions
  • #2 in New Store Installations
  • #2 in Competitive Gain


Computer-Rx

  • Tied for #4 in Market Share
  • Tied for #7 in Customer Satisfaction
  • Tied for #4 in Conversions
  • #6 in New Store Installations
  • #3 in Competitive Gain

QS/1 (NRx)

  • Tied for #4 in Market Share
  • Tied for #7 in Customer Satisfaction
  • Unranked in Conversions
  • #7 in New Store Installations
  • #6 in Competitive Gain

Liberty

  • Tied for #6 in Market Share
  • #5 in Customer Satisfaction
  • #2 in Conversions
  • #4 in New Store Installations
  • Unranked in Competitive Gain

BestRx

  • Tied for #6 in Market Share
  • #1 in Customer Satisfaction
  • Unranked in Conversions
  • #5 in New Store Installations
  • Unranked in Competitive Gain

SRS (PKonRx)

  • #8 in Market Share
  • #3 in Customer Satisfaction
  • Unranked in Conversions
  • Unranked in New Store Installations
  • Unranked in Competitive Gain

McKesson (EnterpriseRx)

  • #9 in Market Share
  • #9 in Customer Satisfaction
  • Unranked in Conversions
  • Unranked in New Store Installations
  • #5 in Competitive Gain


For a full breakdown of each of these results, visit our corresponding blogs:



The Top Features to Put on Your Checklist

Every software vendor offers different capabilities, but the best ones offer complete, comprehensive, and up-to-date features that can help you accomplish all of your new goals. The best way to find out which features a vendor offers is by scheduling a demo and bringing a checklist alongside you. Here are a few features to keep in mind, though:


  • Rx Dispensing 一 Get the right tools to dispense and refill prescription drugs, manage patients, and adjudicate claims
  • Inventory Solutions 一 Keep your shelves stocked with tools designed to help you track and optimize your inventory
  • Integrated Point-of-Sale 一 Quickly and easily manage transactions, collect payments, and store patient information in one convenient location
  • Vaccination Tools 一 Keep your patients safe from illnesses of all kinds with tools to schedule appointments, administer vaccines, and report to proper registries
  • eCare Plans 一 Send and receive patient information from other providers and submit claims for reimbursements
  • DIR Management 一 Easily manage incoming DIR fees to mitigate clawbacks and minimize unexpected costs
  • Loyalty Programs 一 Incentivize your best customers and generate higher customer satisfaction scores
  • MTM/Risk Scores 一 Manage patient medication regimens and determine those most at-risk
  • Compounding Tools 一 Document recipes, inventory, and batches in order to stay on top of your custom drugs
  • Med Sync Capabilities 一 Increase patient adherence and pharmacy efficiency


For a full breakdown of features and capabilities, look to our blog.

This Year & Beyond

As we move into 2022, it’s more important now than ever to invest in the future of your pharmacy. The new year brings a new opportunity to revamp yourself and your practice, implementing ideas and innovations that you’ve never done before. As you draft out your plan, prepare your strategy, and find resources you can rely on, start with a technology partner that you can trust.


Learn more about each of the top pharmacy software, compare your options, and consider how each one can help you accomplish each of your goals — this year and beyond.


Cheers to you, your pharmacy, and starting the best year yet.