QS/1 Pharmacy Management Systems is a suite of apps that includes NRx, SharpRx and ShipRx. It is designed to handle the pharmacy operations of retail chains and independent stores.
The software includes prescription processing workflows, which allow users to maintain all necessary prescription information, such as the respective doctor, drugs and quantities prescribed.
QS/1 Pharmacy Management Systems tracks changes in inventory and actively replenishes quantities to match prescription demand.
The platform’s POS system can accept patients’ flexible spending account (FSA) cards. The POS system also provides users with all details of products picked, dispatched and then delivered.
The dashboard provides a real-time overview of all prescription activities. Users are able to identify stocks through color coding. The stocks that are critically low are coded red, while those that remain but in smaller quantities are coded yellow.
The software provides a free demo to all potential users.
Jordan from Barnes & Williams Drug Center #2
Employees number: 2-10 employees
My biggest complaint is the report system. Almost any time I need a customized report I have to call in and get someone from customer service to help me with setting it up. However, once it is set up it's pretty good. It just isn't very intuitive since it is built on an old DOS-based platform. NRx is a GUI of the DOS-based platform they had in the past. It definitely does what a pharmacy software should, in that you can process scripts pretty quickly. They are constantly trying to improve the software with things like Pharmacy at a Glance (sidebar that shows you your queues of new E-Scribes, Refill requests, etc.). This feature is very helpful and I've used it every day since we enabled the feature. The quality assurance queue is very helpful and their workflow can be customized to your needs. We definitely do not utilize the software to its full potential. If we had more time to look into and learn the additional features, then we would probably have a better opinion of the software. We are very excited about their new solution SharpRx, and would like to give it a go once it is fully released for multi-location stores. It is designed from the ground up, so should be the refresh that QS1 needs.
Quickly and efficiently processes prescriptions
Reports and custom reports are not very intuitive, each new feature is an additional cost
Definitely, test it out before you buy it. If you're interested in QS1, make sure and check out SharpRx. It should be a lot more competitive with the other market leaders.
Glenn from Heart of Texas Community Health Center
Employees number: 201-500 employees
I have used QS/1 since 1981. QS/1 has always paid close attention to maximum security, a stable base, a configurable resource, as well as the ability for the user to capture and report on ANY data. In the 36 years, I can't think of a single day in which we could not process prescriptions for more than 10-15 minutes, and very few times for that period of time. I realize there are those PMS's that shine like a diamond on the outside, but after loading the computer, tend to turn to a lump of coal.
Stability, configuration to specific conditions, reporting, allowing for accuracy, cost of maintenance....
Difficulty in learning (old system) New Sharp Rx will make a HUGE difference!!!!
Tracey from West Somerset Pharmacy, Inc.
Employees number: 2-10 employees
Processing prescriptions is pretty good and quick. I switched systems to process secondary claims and tie in POS with system for electronic signatures and system does well with those 2 things. The system is TERRIBLE for generating reports that you need. I always have to call in and get help which is very time consuming.
Dual billing is pretty good and e-scripts can be processed quickly.
TRYING TO GET REPORTS.
Misty from Docs's Drugstores
I just wanted to drop you a note letting you know how pleased we are with our new esig program Kevin helped set up on our Ipad. He was such help, I feel like I really did nothing in the process. He was always flexible and understood our business. He was more than willing to come in early, really early in your time zone, so that our business was not disrupted by taking the system down to install the esig capture software and other necessary edits to the server. Even after we were up and running, he followed up with me and helped me tweak some things on the software side to make eSig even more effiecient for our team and our customers. Thank you for having such an awesome staff. We love our QS1!
Rebekah from Midtown Pharmacy
QS1's customer service is second to none.
John from OSSC, Chicago IL
Was a long start-up / break-in process. Things that should be defaulted are not. Customer Service seems interested and responsive at first, but ultimately fails on many promises. I suspect their hands are tied. I learned this nRx system by QS1 is actually built on top of an old DOS based system. This causes many limitations. (e.g. despite numerous pleas, I've been told they are unable to default the checkbox to ON to automatically print monographs on refills. I have handfuls of examples like this that chip away at the likability of this system.)
Reports: they will tell you the reports are customizable. The truth: they are a cumbersome mess, and the format in which they print out is just awful. Many, many screens to click through to print reports that you have already spent hours setting up and customizing.
Despite the nRx system being called "Billing", they will try to upsale you later on their accounting software, claiming what you're using is only dispensing and cannot handle basic accounting tasks.
There is a major pitfall that literally cost our company $10,000. If you print a label wrong, it will read "Copay $0" even when the insurance rejected it. This label looks *exactly* like the label does when it's a paid claim. In my opinion, this "wrong" way of printing a label is the most obvious (i.e. punch in the prescription number, click the print button). We gave out medication that we aren't going to get reimbursed for. Beware.
There are positives. It has a modern interface. When things work well, it's nice to use. Not all together intuitive, however. If you've got young and tech-savvy employees, you could probably get along ok with this system, but don't expect anyone else to be able to use it. We've struggled with this system for a year and are now shopping for alternatives. I laughed out loud when I saw this was 3rd on the list. Figured I'd drop a review for the next guy.
Erik from Sixth Avenue Medical Pharmacy
QS1 has some very powerful products, their customer service could be improved some but overall they have all the components for a great pharmacy management system.
Frank from South Sacramento Pharmacy
Mavis was my 1st system in 1976, developed by a pharmacist for pharmacists, easy to use followed our natural work flow at the time. Qs1 is very cumbersome in my opinion, but I am a 72 yr old Pharmacist with my 4 th. system, not by choice, had 3 companies go under. Chose Qs1 because I didn't want to change again. Looked at software when we 1st got it 14 yrs ago and decided it was to complicated for me. Still hard for me to understand reports and how to get them. I have never filled a new Rx on it, Have good tech's and clerk typist. Customer service is a hit and miss. Mostly good thou. Hard to get personal instructions on anything. Brian your salesman out west is best thing about QS1, Would have been gone a long time ago if it wasn't for him. Have recommended it when have a chance, just to get more users in area, but seems as if, when people look at software and pricing they get scared away. Getting late and this old man had a long day and looking forward to that Stoli on the rocks. Interesting observation is that I have been a little critical before with QS1 and nobody ever answers or get back to me.
Tim from Tim's Pharmacy & Gift Shop, Ltd.
I have had mostly positive experiences with Qs1 Pharmacy management system. I am working now with Med sync program and trying to get better documentation on how to set it up. I have spoken with techs about it and it is too new for them it seems like
ROBERT from GREEN'S FORTUNA PHARMACY
HARD TO LEARN AND GET USED TO BUT ONCE PROFICIENT IN THE SYSTEM THEN IT WAS GOOD.
PROCEDURES LIKE ADDING DRUGS, PATIENTS, THIRD PARTY ARE EASY AND QUICK. EASY TO TEACH NEW PEOPLE BECAUSE PROCEDURES ARE SELF-EXPLANATORY.
Glenn from Heart of Texas Community Health Center
I have used QS/1 since 1981. I have found QS/1 not to be absolutely perfect, HOWEVER the folks at QS/1 strive for a better product than any other vendor. I do believe the platform that QS/1 runs on is the MOST SECURE of any of the vendors. Yes, you do have temporary hicups as you would with ANY vendor, but I honestly believe we see less than any of our competitors. The thing I like MOST about QS/1 is that it is customizable to ANY type of practice you may throw at them. Currently, well, since 1990, I have worked for Heart of Texas Commuty Health Center which is a FQHC. We purchase 340b and QS/1 even has a way to handle our business VERY effectively.
Lastly, I have looked at other vendors, but NOONE can provide ALL the things we deem necessary to take care of both Drug Utilization, Inventory, 3rd party, as well as great Customer Service.
Glenn A. Rebber, RPh
Director of Pharmacy Services
Heart of Texas Community Health Center
Joni from Medi Home Pharmacy
The trainers Kelly Geddes and George Thomas are fantastic. they are always willing to help when we call them. if they are unavailable they call us back quickly. danny hollifield came on site for 2 days for Go Live which was extremely helpful as well.