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Community Pharmacies, the Future of Healthcare in the U.S.

Nik Tehrani, Cynthia Meckl-Sloan

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In response to the Affordable Care Act, innovations are taking place in the healthcare industry to improve patient healthcare and reduce costs.  Over the past twenty years, the pharmacy profession has transformed into a position of offering innovative solutions for the nation’s most critical healthcare issues (Johnsen, 2015).  Neighborhood pharmacies are becoming the new face of healthcare, with one-on-one consulting, medication dispensing and management, and vaccinations.  Remote healthcare monitoring devices (telemedicine), such as the Dyno, can allow patients to take charge of their personal healthcare at home, reducing or eliminating trips to the physician’s office or the hospital.  These innovations are leading to more efficiency in healthcare and reductions in healthcare costs, and can provide healthcare to underserved communities.

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