EVALUATING THE IMPACT OF DIGITALIZATION ON PHARMACY PRACTICE: A CRITICAL REVIEW

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Youssef Mani Hussein Al Zamanan
Ibrahim Ali Mahdi Al-Qashanin
Ali Zafer Ali Al Harith
Issa Misfer Ali Al Futaih
Faisal Ahmed Mohammed Al Mirdif

Keywords

Digitalization in Pharmacy, Tele-pharmacy, E-prescriptions, Automated Dispensing, Pharmacy Practice, Patient Care, Professional Development, Data Security, Regulatory Compliance, Healthcare Technology

Abstract

The rapid advancement of digital technologies has significantly influenced various sectors, including healthcare, with pharmacy practice undergoing notable transformations. This critical review explores the multifaceted impact of digitalization on pharmacy operations, patient care, and the professional development of pharmacists. By integrating digital prescriptions, tele-pharmacy, automated dispensing systems, and electronic patient records, pharmacies have enhanced operational efficiency, accuracy, and patient accessibility. However, this digital shift also presents challenges, including data security concerns and the need for continuous professional education. Through a systematic examination of current literature and case studies, this review highlights the benefits of digitalization in improving patient outcomes and streamlining pharmacy workflows, while also considering ethical and regulatory implications. The findings underscore the importance of adopting a balanced approach to digital innovation, ensuring patient safety and data privacy while embracing the opportunities that digital technologies offer in advancing pharmacy practice. The review concludes by identifying areas for further research and emphasizing the need for collaborative efforts to navigate the evolving digital landscape in healthcare.

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