Pharmacists’ Emerging Role in the Health Care System

As the U.S. health care system strives to achieve the goals of the Affordable Care Act — better care, better patient outcomes, lower costs — the industry is shifting its focus from the volume of services provided to the value and quality of care. As a result, physicians, insurers, pharmacists and other players in the patient care arena are redefining roles and forming collaborative, coordinated networks to fill gaps in care and reduce practice redundancies.

Increasingly, pharmacists are being recognized as critical members of an integrated health care team. They have the expertise and experience to play a key role in patient care, and they are held in high regard by the general public. According to a Gallup poll released in December 2013, pharmacists ranked among the top three most trusted professionals in the U.S. — for the 11th year in a row.

image001To further investigate pharmacists’ emerging role, Parata collected perspectives from a variety of industry leaders and health care team members, including accountable care organizations (ACOs), collaborative care networks, pharmacists, regulatory experts and more. Parata is sharing its findings through a six-part eLearning Series that addresses the changing health care environment, expanded opportunities for pharmacists to play new strategic roles, and the importance of technology as a tool to achieve improved care and efficiency.

For further reading on how pharmacists are acting as much more than medication processers, download Parata’s related eBook, “The Emerging Role of the Pharmacist in the Health Care Ecosystem and the accompanying infographic.