The newest pharmacy in Macon County will bring updated
technology to patients across the area. Colee's Community Pharmacy opened as a
telepharmacy in Crossing Healthcare's new building at 320 E Central Ave in
Decatur in July 2016. Telepharmacies are spreading across the Midwest, and Illinois
Pharmacy regulations have modified greatly in the last 10 years to allow
pharmacy owners to keep up with this growing trend.
A Telepharmacy is setup similarly to a full-service retail
pharmacy with a certified pharmacy technician, but the final medication
verification and patient medication counseling are provided from an off-site
pharmacist. The prescription goes through a multi-check verification
process before the pharmacist can
approve for it to be dispensed to the patient. Patients can receive medication
counseling through a computer tablet and private phone with the pharmacist,
similar to FaceTime or Skype technology.
"As healthcare costs continue to rise, this technology
can hopefully help keep the additional labor costs away from the customer while
still providing great customer service" said Dale Colee,
Pharmacist-in-Charge at Colee's Community Pharmacy. "Independent
pharmacies need to adapt to patient needs and technology trends, and we are
excited to bring this to the Decatur area."
For more information about Colee's Community Pharmacy's new
telepharmacy, please contact Lauren Young at 217-330-5004.
Pharmacy is the third independent pharmacy owned by Dale & Rita Colee in
the Decatur area. Dale's Southlake Pharmacy, Colee's Corner Drugs, and Colee's
Community Pharmacy all strive to bring fast, friendly, and reliable healthcare
to their patients through their philosophy of "Friends Helping