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Beth Prier

Candidate for Chair 2021-2022

Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology
Beth Prier

BETH PRIER, Pharm.D., M.S. (beth.prier@trg.consulting), is Director of Clinical Informatics and Managing Advisor for The Robertson Group (TRG), a clinical informatics, health information technology and medication-use systems consultancy based in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Prier graduated from Ohio Northern University with her Pharm.D. in 2002, and from The Ohio State University with her Master of Science in Health-System Pharmacy Administration in 2005. She completed a PGY1 and PGY2 practice residency with emphasis in health-system pharmacy administration at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. In her role with TRG, Dr. Prier provides advisory services to promote the optimal use of clinical systems to provide safe, effective, and efficient patient care. Immediately prior to joining TRG, Dr. Prier practiced over 14 years in pharmacy informatics at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC), during which time she established the OSUWMC PGY2 pharmacy informatics residency.

Since 2009 Prier has served as an active participant on multiple ASHP Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology (SOPIT) Section Advisory groups (SAG) and one year on the Educational Steering Committee. Throughout this service she has contributed to articles and pharmacy informatics initiatives and provided thought leadership. She has been a member of the Pharmacy Informatics Residents and Fellows group since 2011. From 2015 – 2018, she served as a SOPIT Executive Committee Director-at-Large. Dr. Prier contributed to the 2018 review and revision of the PGY2 pharmacy informatics residency competency areas, goals and objectives. Earlier in her professional career, Dr. Prier served in leadership roles on the Executive Board of her local ASHP affiliate chapter.

 

The recent national health crisis has demonstrated that now, more than ever, health information technology plays a critical role in how we care for patients -from guiding decision-making to collaborating with other healthcare professionals, as well as offering a viable alternative to the location in which care is provided. Although an unfortunate impetus, the situation has required an expedited deployment of innovative solutions to provide safe and effective patient care. Pharmacy informatics professionals are in a prime position to lead the way in applying our learnings from this experience for improved tools and processes and to promote future innovations.

Historically pharmacists and pharmacy technicians administering clinical systems and automation have acted behind the scenes, diligently attending to an intense schedule of implementation, support, and maintenance. Clinical systems and automation play a key role in the medication-use process; thus, pharmacy informatics professionals require a voice in the conversations around current and future pharmacy operations and clinical pharmacy practice. Involving the pharmacy informatics team should be top-of-mind for fellow pharmacy colleagues, including leaders, as opposed to an emergent request for service. If given the opportunity to serve as Chair of the Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology, I will advocate for this positioning of pharmacy informatics specialists and collaborate with ASHP membership groups at-large to realize the vision. I am honored by the nomination to chair this Section, and I welcome the opportunity to serve.