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Chair Message November 2017

November 2017

“I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world…
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world.”
Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World


As the temperatures plummet and the leaves turn, we transition to Autumn, quickly followed by Winter. I am appreciative of the time to reflect with gratitude for my professional home in ASHP. Ten years of informatics, networking and professional growth for ASHP SOPIT! During my time at Policy Week in September I was particularly moved by the information shared about the ASHP collaboration with the National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience. This is an important issue, and we need to direct more of our energy to supporting each other. Please look for more information on this from ASHP and SOPIT in the future.


ASHP was named last week as the winner of an eHealthcare Leadership Award for excellence in digital communications. The redesigned website, launched in March 2017, received a Silver award for Best Site Design in the Healthcare Association/Professional Society category. ASHP was recognized as a competition winner during a special presentation at the 21st Annual Healthcare Internet Conference, held on October 25 in Austin, TX.

An ASHP Small-Volume Parenteral Solution Shortages document was published by FDA recently. Please review, as this has implications for informatics and the medication-use systems we keep updated and safe.

Policy Week took place September 25-28, 2017 in Bethesda, MD. Section Chairs joined our colleagues from the various Councils, to discuss policy and advocacy efforts. As an action item from the Council on Pharmacy Management, we will be convening a workgroup – led by Dennis Tribble, Pharm.D., FASHP – to update ASHP Policies on pharmacist involvement in evaluation, selection, build and maintenance of medication-use systems and technology.

Midyear Clinical Meeting & Exhibition 2017

Join me next month at the Midyear Clinical Meeting & Exhibition December 3-7, 2017 in Orlando, FL. Registration is still open – please plan an on attending this essential meeting; the largest gathering of pharmacy professionals in the world!

Help us continue to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of SOPIT, and please plan on stopping by for the Meet & Greet on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at Lafayette’s, 9101 International Drive Suite 2220 Orlando, Florida.

While at the Midyear please make certain to attend these Informatics Networking Sessions facilitated by our SAG leaders. The Operations and Automation SAG will be covering the topic of IV Solution Shortages as it relates to Informatics processes.

Clinical Decision Support and Analytics Networking Session
Monday, December 4, 2017, 11:15 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Facilitated by: Kerry A. Goldrosen, Pharm.D.

  • Advances in Pharmacogenomics Clinical Decision Support
  • Dose standardization strategies
  • DDI governance

Clinical Applications Networking Session
Monday, December 4, 2017, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Facilitated by: Samm Anderegg, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS

  • Mobile applications, artificial intelligence, and incorporation into the EHR
  • Cybersecurity risks and mitigation
  • Informatics across the continuum of care: transitions, specialty pharmacy, ambulatory and acute care
  • Innovative strategies to leverage technology to improve care and services within the pharmacy department

Operations and Automation Networking Session
Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Facilitated by: David Aguero, Pharm.D.

  • Safe use of Automated Dispensing Devices – An Update
  • Systematic approaches to updating smart pump drug libraries and other strategic approaches to mitigate IV Solution Shortages
  • Use of systems to comply with CMS/Joint Commission/DNV/NIOSH guidelines

Informatics Professional Development Networking Session
Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 11:15 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Facilitated by: Anna Dreger, R.Ph.

  • Overcoming challenges in informatics residency programs
  • Methods to teach human factors in informatics residency
  • Teaching informatics to students and PGY1 residents on rotation
  • Plans for the new Competency Areas, Goals and Objectives

Share your knowledge

Proposals are now being accepted for the 2018 National Pharmacy Preceptors Conference, October 11-13, 2018 in Dallas, TX. Deadline is January 15, 2018.

Proposals are also being accepted from December 1 until February 1, 2018 for 2018 Midyear Clinical Meeting & Exhibition, December 2-6, 2018 in Anaheim, CA.

What do informaticists do?

Lastly, I am pleased that the SAG on Professional Development Webinar Series for Pharmacy Informatics Learners has been published and is now available for sharing with students, residents, and others interested in pursuing informatics. Many thanks go to Julie Pawola, Pharm.D. and all the members of the SAG on Professional Development for their efforts to make this information available. Please share!

With gratitude, for all you do to ensure safe, effective, efficient and economical medication-use systems for our patients.


Joseph Lassiter, M.S., Pharm.D., BCPS
Chair, Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology
[email protected]