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[Podcast] Point of Care Testing by Pharmacists with Dr. Allison Dering-Anderson

by | Oct 11, 2016 | Consulting Pharmacist Education

I was honored to be able to interview an amazing pharmacist Dr. Ally Dering-Anderson.  She’s a Clinical Assistant Professor at  the University of Nebraska College of Pharmacy.   She is involved in teaching and coordinating a number of classes focused on clinical services in community pharmacies include a Point of Care Testing course.

You can let her know you enjoyed her interview by Tweeting her @DrAllyRP!

Key takeaways from our discussion:

  • Research team studying the market, ROI and patient interest in rapid diagnostic testing for influenza and group A strep
  • Now research team is studying feasibility of point of care screening tests in Community Pharmacy: Hep C, HIV
    • follow up process with Public Health system when positive test results
  • Concept of using Community Pharmacy as a triage point to access the rest of the healthcare system
  • New opportunities designed for the independent community pharmacists: Tb screenings, follow ups with patients after screening/testing
  • Pharmacists DECREASE inappropriate prescribing (saying “no” after a negative test)
  • Pharmacists role in early identification and prevention of transmission of virus
  • The first steps to building trust and rapport with primary care providers to facilitate collaboration
  • Utilize your existing relationships to leverage future collaboration
  • The two types of providers that are more open to collaborative practice agreements
  • Identify the unique needs of your local community

I hope this excellent interview gave you some ideas for a point of care test you could offer in your practice.

About the Author

Blair Thielemier, PharmD, is a business development consultant specializing in pharmacist-led billing models. She has set the industry standard for virtual pharmacy conferences with the Elevate Pharmacy Virtual Summit in 2017. She has consulted with national pharmacy organizations, drug wholesalers, point of sale companies, and Fortune 5 health insurers. She has books and online courses available for individuals looking to leverage their pharmacy knowledge into monetized clinical programs at She speaks internationally about trends in leveraging pharmacists to improve value-based care.


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