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10/20/2003
Press Release

ASHP Sets Goals, Objectives for Pharmacy 2015 Project

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ (ASHP’s) landmark initiative to help make medication use more effective, scientific, and safe and significantly improve the practice of pharmacy in hospitals and health systems is off to a strong start.

Officially launched in September, Health-System Pharmacy 2015 began with a vision statement approved by the Society’s Board of Directors that conceptualized how pharmacy practice in hospitals and other components of health systems should look in the future. 
 
The project includes six key goals and 31 objectives to be achieved by the year 2015. Target percentages, which were chosen based on member input, reflect substantial, realistically achievable improvements to reach by the year 2015.

“Progress in achieving Health-System Pharmacy 2015 goals and objectives will speak powerfully about our profession’s commitment to high quality patient care and our collective, national resolve to improve medication use throughout health systems,” said ASHP President Daniel M. Ashby, M.S., FASHP.

Numerous entities had input into the creation of the goals and objectives, including the ASHP Board of Directors, state society leaders, and members who commented on a draft posted on ASHP’s Web site.

Patterned after the federal Healthy People 2010 project, ASHP’s 2015 initiative has overarching goals, specific objectives related to each goal, and baselines against which progress can be measured. ASHP will conduct surveys to establish baselines for the objectives, which may be modified as a result of those findings.

Thirty-one distinct objectives have been developed, such as the following examples:

  • Seventy-five percent of hospitals will use machine-readable coding to verify all medications before administration to a patient.
  • Half of all recently hospitalized patients (or their caregivers*) will recall speaking with a pharmacist while in the hospital.

ASHP will direct a number of activities to advance Health-System Pharmacy 2015, including:

  • Conducting detailed surveys to assess achievement—ASHP will stratify collected data in various ways, such as type of practice setting and bed size (in the case of institutions). Data will be collected through ongoing ASHP surveys, such as periodic surveys of hospital pharmacy services and ambulatory care services, as well as through new surveys.
  • Reporting to members about achievements on goals and objectives—Surveys will most likely reveal that some arenas of health-system pharmacy practice achieve certain objectives more extensively than other arenas.
  • Engaging other stakeholders—Informing public agencies, public policy makers, consumer groups, insurers, and various other health-care organizations about the initiative to convey the commitment of health-system pharmacy practitioners to achieving the improvements.

“We are encouraging all members to work within their spheres of influence to make Health-System Pharmacy 2015 a reality,” said Henri R. Manasse, Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D., ASHP executive vice president and CEO. “For example, they can make the project’s goals and objectives high priorities within their own pharmacy departments. Together, we can significantly improve the safety and effectiveness of medication use among our patients.”

ASHP is the 30,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems. ASHP, which has a long history of medication-error prevention efforts, believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of medicines.  Assisting pharmacists in fulfilling this mission is ASHP’s primary objective.  The Society has extensive publishing and educational programs designed to help members improve their professional practice, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs. For more information, visit www.ashp.org or www.SafeMedication.com.