SURVEY SUGGESTS PUBLIC AWARENESS OF PHARMACY SERVICES LOW AS 13 %
Fresh findings from Charac , an NHS-integrated one-stop platform for community pharmacies , has provided new insight into public perception and patient usage of
pharmacies . Awareness of the full scale of services is as low as 13 % of those surveyed and 53 % are not using pharmacies for more than minor ailments .
Pressure on the NHS is at its highest . Health Secretary , Steve Barclay has acknowledged the importance of a ' pharmacy first ' policy in England , but this is yet to be realised and Charac ' s research has found that patient knowledge of pharmacy services remains worryingly low .
" Though it is great to see patients largely very happy with the services provided by their pharmacies , it ' s clear that patient confidence in various services other than prescriptions is low ,” said Santosh Sahu , Founder and CEO at Charac .
“ To push a ' pharmacy first ' policy , more must be done to provide pharmacies with better resources and increase patient confidence .
" Both funding and improved digital access can make a tangible difference in equipping pharmacies for the future . Charac ' s platform is helping pharmacies improve their online presence , as well as helping them generate a steady income by digitising processes such as consultations and prescriptions ."
RWG MOBILE PARTNER WITH FUJIFILM TO DELIVER CONNECTIVITY FOR HEALTH INNOVATION PROJECT
RWG Mobile has announced a new partnership with Fujifilm to provide connectivity to a unique innovation project for mobile healthcare within communities .
Fujifilm has created a ‘ concept car ’ that serves as an Ultra- Portable Diagnostic Unit which enables emergency services to provide X-rays , blood analysis and ultrasound diagnosis within community locations remote from clinical services . As a vital element of Fujifilm ’ s Diagnostic Unit , RWG ’ s Connected Networks solution provides highly secure and private data connectivity which transmits diagnostics information to clinical specialists who can interpret and make decisions on the appropriate steps of care provision to be taken .
This technology has the potential to enhance the delivery of urgent care , optimise the use of emergency services resources as well as save unnecessary trips to emergency departments for patients ensuring they receive the appropriate care as soon as possible .
“ We ’ re proud to be working with Fujifilm to help people get the medical care they need in the most efficient way possible ,” said Andrew Davies , Founder and CEO of RWG Mobile . “ This technology has the potential to improve the provision of care , especially in rural areas , reduce the weight on the shoulders of ambulance services and emergency departments and ultimately save lives .”
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