It is encouraging when something brings all of the major pharmacy players together. In this case, it is the Pharmacy e-Health Information Technology Collaborative, and it is comprised of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), American Pharmacists Association (APhA), American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP), American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA), and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). It has also been announced that the Collaborative will have Tom Menighan, BS Pharm, MBA, ScD as Chair and Shelly Spiro, RPh, FASCP (@shellyspiro) as Director.
The information volley from APhA seems to indicate the Collaborative will initially be focused on the electronic health record (EHR). That makes sense for now given the mandatory nature of EHR adoption and the financial incentives and disincentives tied to its use. I’m also heartened to see the formation of this group given the warning signs for pharmacy in the ‘meaningful use’ criteria (which will apparently undergo some minor revisions to “correct a few inconsistencies”). My hope is that after the Collaborative tackles the admittedly daunting task of EHR implementation, that it turns its attention to other facets of eHealth in which pharmacy is underrepresented and lacks much of a voice.
I love living in South Florida, but after this week DC may be my new mistress. I find the magnitude of what is going on here bordering on unbelievable. I’ve been here previously, but have never really had an opportunity to take a look around. I was also struck by the sheer volume of living history in DC. There are some pretty good restaurants as well from Matchbox (introduced to me by @lostonroute66) to Zaytinya.
Having just returned from a health promotion conference in Puerto Rico, I was able to visit with several folks at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to explore opportunities during this visit. Some I had met here previously and some were new to me. There was a common thread throughout the PAHO folks in that they are driven, but warm people…and it is always nice to see the face behind @eqpaho. I also learned a lot about the Organization of American States (OAS). I met with a couple people there as well to discuss some upcoming projects. Finally, I had the opportunity to open the second day of presenters for the Federal Pharmacy Forum. The Forum directly precedes the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual Meeting (thashtag #apha2010). The Forum was very much an eye-opening experience for me as the attendees were primarily military pharmacists and technicians with other representatives from the Federal sector as well. I presented “Debunking Myths About Generational Use of Social Media and Healthcare“.
The keynote on the first day of the Forum (Ginny Beeson) did a great job of laying the groundwork for a dialogue about generational considerations in military pharmacy. There were also several other topics particularly of interest to me including telepharmacy in the Navy (apparently each branch has a different certification body making widespread rollout across branches almost impossible), pharmacoeconomic studies, medication therapy management (MTM), deployment of pharmacists and the current state of practice of US military pharmacy in Afghanistan. It definitely made me more thankful for the setting I operate out of and appreciate the challenges of this segment of the profession.
Overall it was a great visit, I learned a lot (including how little I thought I knew), and am looking forward to my next visit.