Windows Server 2003 Migration – Things to Know

Many pharmacies have put off the Windows Server 2003 migration of their pharmacy software, and the time remaining for this migration is running out. In fact, some pharmacies may not be able to migrate prior to the End-of-Life date of July 14th, 2015. If your business already runs on a newer platform – Congratulations! If not, consider these important details:

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End of Life – Microsoft will end extended support for the Windows Server 2003 operating system on July 14, 2015. That date is fast approaching! If you have not already migrated or even started planning, it is time to take action. Upgrading from Server 2003 will be one of the most important IT steps your business makes in 2015; continuing on with the operating system after July 14th is highly inadvisable.

Security Vulnerability – The importance of migrating to a stable, supported server cannot be understated. Users may think that if a server is working properly now, there’s no need to upgrade. This line of thought can place a business at risk of being compromised. Once Microsoft stops support for this version of Windows Server, there will be no more patches or updates for the operating system. After any server operating system reaches its end-of-life, hackers attempt to find as many exploits as they can since they know that the exploits they find will not be fixed. This is in addition to known issues with the system that require direct intervention to cover, while updates to newer operating systems Read full article >

Interested in Pharmacy Management Systems?

If you are setting up a new pharmacy, or are looking to revamp your existing one, investing in a pharmacy management system is the way to go. These systems are now an essential component of any pharmacy that wants to remain competitive, and deliver better care to their customers through an efficient, automated process. Pharmacy management systems help pharmacies customize and streamline their workflow with a range of features and functions that improve efficiency, safety and profitability. Here are some of the many common features included in pharmacy management systems.

Pharmacy Management Systems

Advanced Reporting: This enables your pharmacy staff to create reports faster, with an extensive easy to use library of built-in reports, as well as custom reports based on specific information that you want to track and include.

Barcode Verification: Barcode scanning and verification is an important component of management systems, and helps with various aspects throughout the system including retrieval of refill information, verification of the dispensed product, and Point of Sale (POS) scanning for increased accuracy and efficiency.

Electronic Signature Capture: This is a useful feature which allows you to track acknowledgment for each prescription electronically. Signature capture interfaces enable pharmacy staff to save time at POS, where the prescription sale and credit/debit card can be signed in one transaction.

Electronic Prescriptions: This enables your pharmacy to receive new and Read full article >

What to look for in a Pharmacy POS System?

A pharmacy is a place of business that carries more responsibility than an ordinary retailer. Therefore, as a pharmacy owner, it is important to make sure that you are running a streamlined, efficient and reliable operation. Your pharmacy’s Point of Sale (POS) system should be the front-end manager who helps complete customer checkout with the utmost accuracy. There are a number of POS systems on the market promising varying options, but how to do you select the one that fulfills a pharmacy’s business and customer needs with no hassle?

Pharmacy POS System

PA-DSS certification: While there are several crucial elements a POS system needs in order to provide responsible solutions, the most important one is its PA-DSS certification. The Payment Application Data Security Standard or PA-DSS is the global security standard created by the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council. It was implemented to provide the definitive data standard for software vendors that develop payment applications in order to prevent developed payment applications for third parties from storing prohibited secure data.

IIAS Compliance – With more than 13 million FSA accounts held within the U.S., it is critical for pharmacies to be able to accept FSA cards from their customers. A pharmacy POS should be IIAS Compliant, enabling the pharmacy to become SIGIS certified for accepting FSA cards.

Ease of Use – While seeking ease of use sounds like common sense, many pharmacy POS systems require Read full article >