How Information Technology improves the precision in dispensing medication in pharmacies? Electronic Health Records or EHR’s are digitized patient records & medical history that can be updated on a real time basis and reviewed.ContentIn healthcare, interoperability is the ability of different information technology systems and software applications to communicate, exchange data, and use the information that has been exchanged.A complex health care system requires diverse electronic health record (EHR) products. One size does not fit all. To realize their full potential, EHR products must be able to share information seamlessly. An interoperable health IT environment makes this possible.EHR Interoperability enables better workflows and reduced ambiguity, and allows data transfer among EHR systems and health care stakeholders. Ultimately, an interoperable environment improves the delivery of health care by making the right data available at the right time to the right people.In creating an interoperable health IT environment, standards are particularly critical in four areas of EHR technology:How applications interact with users (such as e-prescribing)How systems communicate with each other (such as messaging standards)How information is processed and managed (such as health information exchange)How consumer devices integrate with other systems and applications (such as tablet PCs)Answer : How Information Technology improves the precision in dispensing medication in pharmaciesInformation Technology gives pharmacies access to Electronic Health Records or EHR’s. These are digitized patient records & medical history that can be updated on a real time basis and reviewed, which can be directly sent from the hospital to the pharmacy instantly. This not only help digitize patient records but it also helps digitize prescriptions , making them tamper proof and ensuring that medical prescriptions are not forged and are not handed over to the wrong patient. This not only reduces the rate of error and non compliance but it also improves communication between the hospital or the health care service provider and a third party pharmacy which may not be within the hospital or under hospital administration. This also allows precision in dispensing the required amount of dosage, based on the patients medical prescriptions generated by the hospital and their consulting doctor. This seamless communication between, doctors, patients , pharmacists and the health ministry improves the precision with which drugs are dispensed. Information Technology Reduces corruption & collusion between Pharmercutical Sales Representatives from Pharmaceutical Companies & Pharmacies : Pharmercutical Sales is a cut throat, profit driven, sales incentivised job job role which often colludes with independent pharmacies to push specific drugs on their shelves and create artificial demand, supply and scarcity about the availability of their and their competitor’s medicines. However with Information Technology and a real time coordination between hospitals and pharmacies via EMR’s ensure that the patients get the right medicines and not the alternatives or close substitutes that pharmacies may try and sell them.Information Technology gives pharmacies the edge of interoperability within their day to day operations : This allows various information technology systems and software applications to communicate with each other, send and receive data on stock piles of medicines, average daily consumption, access to analytics that shows what drugs have been sold vs how many drugs are remaining on their shelves. This helps track the usage, sale and purchase of medical supplies and ensure that supplies cannot be siphoned , stolen or re sold without the knowledge of the pharmacy’s management to the wrong people.