BENJAMIN J. ANDERSON, Pharm.D., M.P.H., (Anderson.Benjamin@Mayo.edu) is a medication management informaticist at Mayo Clinic, serving the Mayo Clinic enterprise across Minnesota, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Florida. Anderson graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007 with his Pharm.D. degree, in 2008 completed his Masters in public health from the University of Pittsburgh, and completed a postgraduate year one (PGY1) residency in pharmacy and a PGY2 health-system pharmacy administration residency from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is a Residency Program Director for a PGY2 residency in informatics and serves as a preceptor to residents and students through Mayo Clinic.
Anderson has been active in the Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology for several years, serving as a vice chair and chair for the Section Advisory Group (SAG) on Clinical Information Systems. He is currently in his third year as director-at-large on the Section’s executive committee and will be moderating the Informatics Gems: Resident and New Practitioner Bytes of Informatics sessions at the upcoming ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.
Healthcare was shaken out of familiar territory in the last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For better or worse, a spotlight was placed on our health delivery systems and the limitations of previous practice comforts. As knowledge of treatment and care for our patients quickly grew and evolved, healthcare delivery tools needed to be just as nimble and able to meet patient care needs. Consequently, the role of informatics and technology experts was also brought to the foreground. Advocacy for the necessary expansion of our telehealth capabilities and technologies to better engage patients must continue, and pharmacy informatics is uniquely positioned with the ability to further this initiative.
Even more importantly, honest conversations are occurring nationally regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion. These efforts to address underlying issues, increase awareness, and implement changes are also important for the progression of our profession going forward. Pharmacy informatics is also in a unique position to drive these changes, especially by leveraging information captured in electronic health records to identify opportunities for underserved populations and prevent implicit bias.
I am honored to be nominated for chair of the Section. If elected, I am thrilled for the opportunity to continue to work with all of you in advocating for advancement of our practice, embracing and enhancing what we learned from this pandemic, and continuing conversations to develop our profession.