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Barry M. McClain

Candidate for Chair 2021-2022

Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology
Barry McClain

BARRY MCCLAIN, Pharm.D., M.S. (, is Director of Pharmacy Information Systems at Advocate Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he leads a world-class team that supports the best use and design of pharmacy applications for 25 hospitals, 70+ retail pharmacies, and many clinics. He graduated with a Pharm.D. from The Ohio State University and a M.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison while completing a combined PGY1/PGY2 health-system pharmacy administration residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. McClain serves as the Residency Program Director for the PGY2 pharmacy informatics residency and is also a preceptor for the PGY1 practice and PGY2 administration residencies. McClain’s favorite professional contribution has been being Director-at-Large of the Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology. Otherwise, he has been involved at the regional pharmacy school, has presented numerous times at state/national conferences, and been involved with various state/national informatics groups over the years.


First and foremost, I can say that being on the Executive Committee so far has been an honor. Working alongside so many different pharmacy informaticists through ASHP has produced another family for me. I have tremendous respect for everyone in this unique field, as we are always busy and have a mountain of work always waiting for us to get through. Despite that, so many of us are interested with being involved with the profession through the ASHP Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology. That is the most encouraging thing to see when working on the executive committee. 

So why am I interested in being Chair for this Section? 1) I am a strategic thinker, a problem-solver, an influencer, and a change-maker. 2) I want to provide the best I can for the profession 3) There isn’t an area of informatics that I am not passionate about. 4) I like to get my hands dirty. 5) I have a broad front-line perspective. 6) I am prepared to do the job and know what is expected. 7) I am excited for the future and keeping pharmacy informatics in the front row 8) Last but not least, I like to make IT fun. Thank you for the nomination.