PHARMACY FORECAST 2015-2019 * STRATEGIC PLANNING ADVICE FOR PHARMACY DEPARTMENTS IN HOSPITALS AND HEALTH SYSTEMS
Pharmacy Forecast 2015-2019
Strategic Planning Advice for Pharmacy Departments in Hospitals and Health Systems
ASHP Foundation, William A. Zellmer, Editor
The Technology Applications chapter beginning on page 17 authored by Kevin Marvin and Karl F. Gumpper, a PharmacyDirectors.com panel member, provides sage advice and astute insight into what to expect in technology over the next few years for health-system pharmacy.
The chapter does a great job of pointing out where pharmacy leaders may want to spend time and effort positioning their department to take advantage of upcoming technologies. The authors report that “90% of the Forecast Panelists (FPs) predicted that health systems will increase their investments in information technology by 25% or more over the next five years”. They go on to offer advice to pharmacy leaders to “ensure that you are advocating for sufficient staff to support the operations of these systems”. Sound advice, as many of us can attest that have experienced the implementation of new technologies that were advertised to save money and manpower. JPatchett, PharmacyDirectors.com