Providers, by nature, are creatures of habit. Once they find a drug or treatment that works well, they tend to stick with it. It's all about familiarity and success – if a pain medication has proven effective, they will likely keep using it. There might be various reasons behind this, such as personal comfort, a good relationship with the drug representative, or even some social connections like having their kids on the same soccer team. Whatever the rationale, many providers prefer to stick with what they know works unless there's a compelling reason to change.
Even though this tendency is widespread among providers, there are some significant advantages to optimizing formulary management. It's not just about getting them to switch for the sake of change, but there are tangible benefits, including cost savings.
Optimum’s top four reasons for standardizing the formulary include:
The process of standardizing the formulary starts with creating standardized order sets. When physicians agree on specific medications for these sets, that standard can be shared and communicated throughout the entire healthcare system, involving providers and pharmacies alike. However, it's crucial to involve all relevant parties in the decision-making process to ensure buy-in and smooth implementation. Conducting a cost-benefit and cost-savings analysis will highlight the significance of standardization for the organization's success.
Are you ready to standardize order sets and the formulary? Optimum brings healthcare and IT experience to help you determine the right standard for your unique needs and provider preferences. Contact us today to start a conversation!