KEVIN T. FUJI, Pharm.D., M.A., (email@example.com) is an associate professor of pharmacy practice at the Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions in Omaha, Nebraska. Fuji received his Pharm.D. from Creighton University in 2007, completed a two-year health services research fellowship focused on patient safety from the Creighton University Center for Health Services Research and Patient Safety in 2009, and his M.A. in educational psychology (quantitative, qualitative, and psychometric methods) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2013. He teaches first, second, and third-year students in the pharmacy skills laboratory, developed and teaches a course in health informatics, serves as the research mentor for PGY-1 community pharmacy residents, and mentors pharmacy students interested in careers in pharmacy informatics and research. Fuji has conducted federally-funded research examining the adoption and use of electronic health records and electronic prescribing in the rural ambulatory care setting and the use of personal health records by patients with type 2 diabetes.
Fuji has served as a member of the Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology’s Section Advisory Group (SAG) Professional Development from 2013-2017 and 2019-2021, with a stint on the SAG on Clinical Applications in 2018. He led the Professional Development Get IT Done workgroup in 2019-20 and is currently the chair of the SAG.
As technology is now integrated into all aspects of healthcare, there is increasing recognition of how pharmacy informatics contributes to the optimization of technology to support safe, high quality, and efficient patient care. Pharmacy informaticists practice in all settings and are increasingly expanding to sub-specialty areas. Given this growth, how do we ensure that our current generation of pharmacy informaticists have the tools to effectively conduct their work and advocate for our value? Just as importantly, how do we prepare the next generation of pharmacy informaticists to build upon this substantial growth? It will take a multi-faceted effort from practitioners, educators, researchers, administrators, students, and others who must exercise their collective thoughts, perspectives, and expertise to identify the spectrum of pharmacy informatics needs and develop strategies to ensure we continue to positively impact a wide range of health outcomes.
I am truly grateful for this nomination, as I have found a home in ASHP and the Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology despite coming to pharmacy informatics through what some might consider an atypical route of research and academia. I pledge to continue keeping our Section an inclusive community in which individuals across the pharmacy informatics spectrum are provided with a voice to advance our practice area forward. No one can do this work alone or even with a small group of people. It will take the efforts of the entire Section and I look forward to facilitating use of our collective expertise and creativity to ensure our success.