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SOPIT Chair Message May 2019

May 2019

Hi Everyone,

As I write this final Chair's message, it's hard to believe that a year has gone by so fast.  I really want to thank everyone for your continued dedication to our SOPIT and commitment to taking the initiative to make a difference in our profession as we navigate technology and innovation in Pharmacy. 

Serving as the Chair of our Section has been a huge learning experience for me.  I've learned so much from all of your contributions of those that participated in the Section Advisory Groups and Educational Steering this year and our leaders at ASHP. Without everyone's help, we would not be able to accomplish nearly so much.

In April, I had the opportunity to participate in the Practice Advancement Initiative (PAI) Strategic Planning Retreat in Bethesda to look towards the future and the direction of HealthCare with discussion on the influence of artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and machine learning.  The retreat was quite inspiring to hear different perspectives on HealthCare and technology.  Susan Dentzer, CEO of network for Excellence in Health Innovation, shared her stories with HealthCare without Wall and the importance of technology in moving forward. Tina Moen, from IBM Watson Health, spoke on AI and the Future of Healthcare where one key of advice was to get involved in data and the AI strategy. And, Dennis Wagner, from CMS, inspired all of us with his stories and the need to committing to work on a bold aim - personal and professional.

Last week, the House of Delegates held Regional Delegate Conferences (RDCs) around the country reviewing policies.  I had the opportunity to attend and participate in the Arizona RDC.  I encourage anyone who wants to learn all facets of our profession to get involved.  It is truly a learning experience and something that will be important for the SOPIT as HealthCare takes on more technology. 

Section News

  • SOPIT - Welcome to our New Board Liaison - Kristy Butler from Oregon. 
  • SOPIT Tagline: to reinforce a key aspect of what our SOPIT section brings to ASHP, the Executive Committee created the following tagline:  We get IT done for our patients. 
  • The nomination process for your 2019-2020 Executive Committee is completed. Please be sure to vote when it opens in July.

Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Tchnology

Chair (2020-2021)

Sarah K. Bledsoe, Pharm.D., CPHIMS
Assistant Director of Pharmacy, Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO
Seth W. Hartman, Pharm.D., M.B.A.
Director, Pharmacy Informatics, University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, IL 

Director-at-Large (2020-2022)
Anna M. Dreger, B.S.Pharm., R.Ph.
Pharmacist Analyst, Fairview Health Services, St. Paul, MN
Carol L. White, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS, CPHIMS
Senior Manager, Clinical Therapeutics and Pharmacy, HCA Healthcare, Nashville, TN

Section Advisory Group (SAG) Re/Appointments 2019-2020

The application for Section Advisory Group (SAG) re/appointments 2019-2020 is now closed.  The Executive Committee will be reviewing all the submissions and getting back to you soon.  

Summer Meeting & Exhibition 2019 i3

I am looking forward to connecting with you at Summer Meetings & Exhibition from June 8-12, 2019 in Boston, MA. Register for this year's I3 - Integrated Informatics Institute. To integrate technology into all the programs, the informatics programs have been distributed throughout all 4 tracks: Ambulatory Care Conference, Specialty Pharmacy, Influencers and Innovators, and Medication Safety Collaborative. Informatics programs are easily identified by the "i3" orange icon. #ashpsm19

Share your knowledge for the 2019 Midyear Clinical Meeting & Exhibition - Pearls session

  • Informatics Bytes:  It's time to submit your ideas for one of my favorite part of the Midyear meeting. The deadline to submit is May 24, 2019 at noon ET.  For further detailed instructions, go to ASHP Connect Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology and see Karl Gumpper's post.   The Informatics Pearls Session at the 2019 Midyear Clinical Meeting & Exhibition, in Las Vegas, NV will be on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 from 2-3:30 PM.

Book and Podcast Recommendations

As many of you know, I learn most from people's stories.  Next to books, another favorite of mine is podcasts. I want to thank my colleague, Tony Dao, PharmD, CPHIMS, for his podcast called Pharmacy,IT,& Me. He's done an amazing job.

Books I recommend:

  • Measure What Matters by John Doeer
  • HBRs 10 Must Reads: On AI, analytics, and the New Machine Age
  • storytelling with data by Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic
  • Solve for Happy by Mo Gawdat
  • Getting Things Done by David Allen
  • Originals by Adam Grant

Podcasts I think you'll like:

Thank you everyone all that you do behind the scenes to assure that our patients have the best care.


Maritza Lew, Pharm.D., CPHIMS, PMP 
Chair, Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology
[email protected]