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Avera eCARE Pharmacy Celebrates Service Launch of 100th Facility

Oct 30, 2017 08:55AM ● By Digital Media Director

Avera eCARE Pharmacy has gone live with its 100th site, Fall River Health Services, in Hot Springs, South Dakota. Part of Avera eCARE, Avera’s telehealth network, Avera eCARE Pharmacy began in 2008 and services rapidly expanded beyond the Avera footprint.

The remote pharmacy program provides a broad range of clinical and consultative services including pharmaceutical order entry, review, and verification. The service also focuses on clinical services including individualized dosing, clinical consultations, and support of antimicrobial stewardship programs. Consultations are available using real-time video for “face to face” discussions with care providers and for discussing medications with patients prior to discharge.

“In smaller, rural facilities where they provide service 24 hours a day, there may not always be a pharmacist on duty in a pharmacy when the information is needed,” says Andrea Darr, PharmD, Avera eCARE Pharmacy Officer. “Our service gives all our client partners the expertise they need, no matter what situation they face.”

Today, approximately 60 percent of eCARE Pharmacy customers are from facilities outside of the primary region where Avera is based. Remote pharmacy services expanded in 2017 to facilities in Texas, Colorado and Nevada, prompting Avera eCARE Pharmacy to establish a second location in San Antonio.