Without the help of pharmacy information systems software, the logistics of filling prescriptions and keeping patient data organized could be a nightmare for pharmacies. A pharmacy information systems software program does everything from organizing patient data to tracking prescriptions. Each developer includes different features in its pharmacy information systems software, offering a plethora of options for pharmacies to choose from.

Prescription Input

Some pharmacy information systems software programs integrate different ways of submitting prescriptions. Systems include computerized physician order entry and e-prescribing, which allow a doctor to electronically submit prescriptions and avoid mistakes from misread scripts. Other software programs include automatic therapeutic interchange programs, which allow the pharmacist to substitute a similar drug for the one prescribed when inputting prescription information. The interchange program automatically adjusts the dose and frequency based on the original prescription.

Database and Inventory Management

Pharmacies can easily access patient data through pharmacy information systems software, as all information is stored in one place and accessed through one interface or computer. This information includes a patient’s biographical records, current and past prescriptions, medical conditions, drug allergies and insurance information. Using a pharmacy information systems software program with inventory management abilities assures that a pharmacy does not run out of a drug when a patient will need it most. Software programs also aid pharmacies in producing reports on drugs prescribed and costs of drugs purchased.

Drug Dispensing

A pharmacy information system software program helps with dispensing medication as well, creating labels and detailed instructions for the patient -- including potential side effects. Some systems connect with medication dispensing systems to distribute medication easily and conveniently in hospital and clinical settings. These systems, which may be robotic or automatic, help streamline the medication distribution process.

Drug Interaction Protection

Several pharmacy information systems software programs now include bar code medication administration programs or work with other vendors’ bar-coded systems. These systems protect the patient from taking the wrong medication or the wrong dose by assigning to each patient a bar code that a doctor or nurse can scan to get that patient's prescription information. Other systems help with medication reconciliation, through which a pharmacist reviews a patient’s current medications to ensure that any new prescriptions will not cause a harmful reaction.