6 Ways Your Pharmacy Can Impact Healthcare in Rural Communities

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Aug 8, 2018 12:54:04 PM

There is a lot of evidence to support claims that rural residents are on average less healthy than urban residents. This health disparity stems from lack of money, access, education, and resources required to sustain a healthy lifestyle.

However, there may be hope on the horizon, with the shifting pharmacy market. Independent pharmacies have an opportunity to become the go-to healthcare authority in rural areas and impact the overall health of their communities. In the following infographic you'll learn about some of the hard truths we, as healthcare professionals, have to face and how your pharmacy can make a difference in rural communities. 

6 Ways Your Pharmacy Can Impact Healthcare in Rural Communities  1 in 5 Americans live in rural areas. Due to geographical obstacles among other contributing factors, rural community residents are on average less healthy than urban residents.  Community Pharmacies are in a unique position to impact the overall health of their rural community and surrounding rural communities.  6 Rural Healthcare Statistics and How You Can Impact Them 20% Less average median income of rural residents when compared with urban residents. Compounding You can compound more affordable, yet comparable versions of high-cost medications.  21.9% of residents in remote rural counties are uninsured. Coupons Beat non-adherence due to out-of-pocket cost by providing manufacturer’s coupons to your uninsured patients.  Only 12% of all pharmacists practice in rural communities.  Telepharmacy Reach under-served patients in surrounding communities by offering telepharmacy, shipping, and delivery services. 80 number of rural hospitals closed since 2010, putting nearest hospitals 50 minutes away for some.  Med Sync Save your patients on trips to the pharmacy by syncing their medications all to a single pick-up date.  40% More deaths attributed to opioid overdose or abuse in rural areas. Opioid Programs Educate patients on opioid dangers, review and report to prevent doctor and pharmacy hopping, and offer and opioid disposal program. 60% of physicians are willing to hold a telehealth appointments via video.  Telehealth Ed Educate patients on how they can access prescribers and doctors from anywhere via video chat, likely for less than an office visit.

Do you own or work in a pharmacy that serves rural communities? How does your pharmacy work to impact your community's healthcare? Share with us in the comments. 

If you're looking for a way to implement one or more of these tactics in your rural community, but don't have the right tools for the job, let us help you! 

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