Joseph Fazio


June 2012

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Dept. of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology


Oregon Health & Science University


In the United States today, there are several factors influencing the expansion of medical informatics and health information technology (HIT). The Pharmacy Manpower Project forecasted a 100,000 pharmacist shortfall by 2020 due primarily to an aging population, Medicare Part-D and the increasing educational requirements for pharmacists. What the study did not consider is the impact that HIT could have to improve the efficiency of the medication use process and to decrease the need for pharmacists. To achieve the goal of gaining medication distribution efficiencies though HIT implementation, a qualified workforce of informatics pharmacists must be developed. This paper proposes the creation of a pharmacy informatics certificate program which will educate pharmacists to enter the workforce and lead the safe and effective proliferation of pharmacy informatics and technology in the medication use process. Based on core clinical and pharmacy informatics knowledge and skill standards suggested by the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) and the American Society for Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), this curriculum contains 6 core courses and a selection of 6 elective courses of which students would select 2. This program would introduce competent informatics pharmacists to the workforce by focusing the post-graduate curriculum core content on the fundamentals of pharmacy informatics, clinical decision-making, medication-use process and leadership development.




School of Medicine



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