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ASHP Recognized for IT Excellence

CIO magazine today announced the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) as a recipient of the 2004 CIO 100 award. The annual award program recognizes organizations in the U.S. and internationally that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology. This year’s theme is the "Agile 100," which recognizes those executives and organizations that respond quickly to changing business environments. Winners demonstrate measurable results in how they used IT to enable and support agility in their organizations.  

ASHP received this award in recognition of its quick response to several recent organizational challenges involving technology and information services. These highly visible projects were initiated on very short notice, featured short deadlines, and would have significantly and adversely impacted the organization if not carefully planned and implemented.

The projects included the outsourcing of the organization’s customer service function, which involved the creation of an extensive knowledge database; the creation of CareerPharm, ASHP’s premier on-line job placement service; and the replacement of the association’s PBX-based phone system with a local area network-integrated Voice Over IP configuration. All three projects have achieved or are achieving their goals in terms of operational effectiveness and efficiency, membership support, and revenue enhancement. 

“ASHP is proud to accept this award and recognition for its efforts to streamline and improve operational performance in support of its membership and mission during very tough economic times,” said John Spencer, ASHP’s vice president of operations and chief information officer. 

”With the economy rebounding, companies will seek out and capitalize on new opportunities as they emerge,” says CIO magazine Editor-in-Chief Abbie Lundberg. “Those best positioned to succeed are the agile enterprises, able to move and change quickly, to create advantage in a world in flux. This year’s CIO 100 winners have all the hallmarks: agile operations, technology, staffing, and governance models. We celebrate their achievements and expect to see great things from them in the years ahead.”

The 2004 CIO 100 Awards will be presented August 24 at The Broadmoor Hotel and Resort in Colorado Springs during the sixth annual CIO 100 Symposium® and Awards Ceremony.

About the CIO 100 Award

The recipients of this year’s CIO 100 Award were selected using a three-step process. First, companies filled out an online application form detailing their agile practices in both business and IT. Next, teams of CIO magazine editors and writers reviewed the applications in depth, looking for unique practices and substantial results. Finally, the teams met to debate the merits of each nominee and vote on the final 100. To provide a vision of ever-changing business trends, the focus of the CIO 100 Award changes annually. Complete coverage of the 2004 CIO 100 Awards is featured in the August 15 issue of CIO magazine and at

About the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

For more than 60 years, ASHP has helped pharmacists who practice in hospitals and health systems improve medication use and enhance patient safety. The Society's 30,000 members include pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who practice in inpatient, outpatient, home-care, and long-term-care settings, as well as pharmacy students. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists help people make the best use of medicines, visit ASHP's Web site,, or its consumer Web site,

About CIO Magazine

CIO magazine (launched in 1987) is published by CXO Media, Inc. In addition to CIO magazine, CXO Media publishes, CSO magazine,, The CIO Insider CMO magazine,, and CXO Media serves CIOs, CSOs, CEOs, CFOs, COOs, CMOs, and other corporate officers who use technology to thrive and prosper in this new era of business. The company strives to enhance partnerships among C-level executives, as well as create opportunities for information technology (IT) and consumer marketers to reach them. In addition to magazines and Web sites, CXO Media produces executive programs, a series of conferences that provide educational and networking opportunities for corporate and government leaders.

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