TelePharm is head and shoulders above any other telepharmacy product that we have looked at. TelePharm will be a key building block to growing our business.
Zearing, Iowa is a rural community of about 560 residents located in the heart of the Midwest. For nearly 2 decades, the local Story Medical Clinic operated without a pharmacy, and patients had to drive more than 20 minutes each direction to fill their medications. Realizing the city’s need for additional medical services, Mary O’Connor wanted change.
As the Nurse Practitioner at Story Medical Clinic, Mary noticed that not having access to a local pharmacy affected the overall health of the patients as medication adherence rates had gone down over time.
With the goal to provide an improved wellness experience, Mary contacted NuCara Pharmacy who agreed to open a telepharmacy in Zearing. The second of its kind in Iowa, Zearing’s telepharmacy operated out of an exam room for a year while an adjacent building was being renovated to use as the pharmacy’s permanent location.
“It has helped to revitalize Main Street in our tiny community,” Mary said in a letter of recommendation. “We now have a thriving clinic, pharmacy, convenience store, and at least two more businesses planned in the near future. The most important thing, however, is the residents of this community have quality health care right here at home with access to needed medications to manage their health.”
Read the blog post: Why Telepharmacy? Q&A with Brett Barker, NuCara Pharmacy