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.
Colee's Community 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 Friends".