Blogs

Do you use SurveyMonkey?

Be the first person to recommend this.
Hi, can you let me know if your Society uses SurveyMonkey. If so, how many users do you have?  If nor, how do you process the evaluations for your meetings?  Thanks
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
At the upcoming ASHP Anaheim MCM we are conducting a Women (Men Welcome) Networking Session, Monday 12/3 11:15-12:15 in Room 154 of the Convention Center so plan to participate.  I am seeking Table Moderators so if you are interested either reply here or send me an email Rxsjw@Yahoo.com . As a Table Moderator I will route you suggested questions but feel free to bring up any topic. I am encouraging the Table Moderators to have notes taken and posted on Connect so everyone can benefit from the rich discussion.  The following folks have already volunteered to be Table Moderators: Monica Green             Margaret Anderson              Doina Dumitru ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
​ Good afternoon colleagues, Our cath lab uses intracoronary nicardipine (50 mcg/mL) in the treatment of no-reflow during percutaneous coronary interventions. Does anyone prepare this solution for their cath lab and if so, how do you prepare it and what dating do you give it? Thank you, Kelsey Overfield
0 comments

More on EHR's

Be the first person to recommend this.
Today I read two articles (one from Fortune and one from MedScape ) that arose out of a conference last week at Stanford University about the current state and future of electronic health records. These articles focused more on causes of physician satisfaction in interacting with (primarily providing information to) these systems rather than the systems as repositories of information. I have to admit that I am not abundantly surprised at what was written. I actually practiced institutional pharmacy in a time when what was in the patient's record was whatever the physicians decided to write or dictate, which often did not include things like dates and times ...
0 comments
1 person recommends this.
Population Health Management ; This is a buzz phrase that we hear all the time.  This verbiage is thrown around at a steadily-increasing rate by those who understand it, by those who want you to think that they understand it, as well as by those that obviously don’t understand it at all. Wikipedia (Because what more reputable resource exists than Wikipedia!?!?) defines Population Health as The health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group .  I guess that makes sense… But what does that really mean?  And how does Pharmacy Practice actually fit into that? I suppose I could list what I feel my ...
1 comment
3 people recommend this.
Hello, my name is Kellyn Engstrom, and I'm a current fourth year student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy. Myself and several other members of the PSF Leadership Development Advisory Group came up with a list of tips for pharmacy students who will be selecting their APPE rotations in the upcoming weeks. Please see below for advice and guidance on how to navigate rotation selection. Best of luck to all students taking part in this important process! ASHP APPE Selection Tips 1. Try to take your interests into account when timing various rotations. Rotation experiences can help you make an informed decision about where you want to ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
Whew! What a week that was! A full work week of pharmacy-related policies. It was exhilarating to see all of ASHP’s dedicated council members, board of directors, staff members and senior leaders come from all parts of the nation to participate in Policy Week. The members of each council spent full days reviewing and discussing professional issues on pharmacy-related policies from their appropriate councils which included: Therapeutics, Public Policy, Pharmacy Practice, Education & Workforce Development, and Pharmacy Management. During Policy Week, there were guest speakers which provided such great opportunities for networking. While networking, I certainly ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
Colleagues, For National Health IT Week 2018 , I have been ruminating about the theme of Supporting Healthcare Transformation, described as: “the many ways in which health IT is driving transformation in healthcare delivery including improvements in quality and safety, interoperability, advances in innovation, and patient and consumer activation and engagement.” [1] The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) defines an electronic health record (EHR) as “a digital version of a patient’s paper chart. EHRs are real-time, patient-centered records that make information available instantly and securely to authorized users.” ...
0 comments
1 person recommends this.
Healthcare is changing.  In fact, healthcare has been changing for decades and our health systems have continued to grow, change and evolve alongside it.  In today’s market of ever expanding health systems comprised of both horizontal and vertical integrations we’re continually evolving our focus from within the “four walls” of the health system to the geographic region and the patients within it.  We’re exploring new models of bundled, capitated and global budget reimbursement and refining those we’ve used since the 80’s.  What this means for those of us in pharmacy informatics, is that our focus of how we organize our work needs to change.  The boundaries ...
0 comments
1 person recommends this.
In continuing the celebration of  National  Health IT  Week ,  I want to briefly reflect on a particular point of engagement: Increasing Economic Opportunity. One inspiring blog article that stood out to me on the National Health IT Week’s website is written by AAMI’s president Robert Jensen, Blurred Lines: Healthcare Technology Management’s Future Tied to IT .  As technology continues to push integration further, the lines between functional areas in healthcare continue to blur with IT.  Clinical, operational, and financial systems are dependent on IT systems in today’s world, and the design and use of technology is no longer just a “behind-the-scenes” ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
Expanding access to quality healthcare is one of the four points of engagement for National Health IT Week. Shutting Down Silos: The Key to Moving Health IT Forward provides a high level summary of the importance of service line collaboration and re-emphasizes the need for interoperability frameworks. While these approaches address high level issues that may impede the removing of silos, it is also important to consider the smaller silos that affect the day to day interactions of an Informatics Pharmacist. How many opportunities do we have during a typical day to help disseminate knowledge in a useful manner instead of just taking a fix it and ...
0 comments
1 person recommends this.
The Pharmacy HIT (PHIT) Collaborative is a coalition of pharmacy associations and stakeholders aligned to drive technology standardization across the pharmacy industry and integrate pharmacists as patient care providers.  ASHP is a founding member of the Pharmacy HIT Collaborative. Why?  As a profession, we need our vendors to align with standards that enable us to participate in value-based care models.  Consider the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Clinicians report quality measures so Medicare can benchmark their performance across all providers.  Exemplary performers earn more reimbursement, poor performers are penalized by a reduction ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
I am interested in “picking your brain” as my teaching in the ASHP Foundation’s Pharmacy Leadership Academy (Leadership Influence) is finished for this class and my next Letters Book (Women) from is in production and will be available in November. I read/scan a lot of self development, management and leadership literature hence I am interested in what topics you would like information on in my posts and don't worry if I have already covered them. You can either reply here or if you want to use my email Rxsjw@yahoo.com feel free to do so. While there aren’t many Connect comments to my posts when I travel I receive a lot of comments on the helpfulness of these ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
​ 102 Days into residency and I had to face my first mental battle with being a resident. It happens to everyone to some degree during their residency year. I happened to face a big, scary, ugly monster who asked me, WHY ARE YOU HERE?!   This battle that I refer to is not one that implies that every resident has mental health issues nor that residency is an unhealthy experience but rat her, it’s a life changing experience that can be stressful. A study in the March 2018 issue of American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy reported higher rates of reported depressive symptoms in pharmacy residents than medical residents, and higher than reported ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
Pharmacists can help prevent falls! One of the most common mechanisms of injury in the senior adult population is falling. Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among adults age 65 and over. For example, 30%-50% of falls in this population result in minor injuries, and an estimated 10% of all falls in seniors cause major injuries. It is important to note that older adults who fall, even if not injured, develop a fear of falling. This causes them to limit their activities and reduce their physical fitness. In return, loss of physical activity will lead to increased risk of falls and fall related injuries. Therefore, it is imperative ...
0 comments
1 person recommends this.
ASHP is conducting a Women (Men welcome) Networking Session at the Leadership Conference in Dallas. It will be held Tuesday, October 16, 6:45-7:45 am in the Obelisk Room (Hilton) mezzanine. If you are interested in being a table moderator (keep the discussion going) please let me know. Sara Rxsjw@yahoo.com   Lindsay Tigar in Ways to Build Your Career Confidence in a Month offers the following advice. That degree you paid too much money for, but are glad you have. The awards that take your resume to an impressive level. Your ability to not only meet a goal — but to exceed it. All of these hard skills are important facets of your job, but as ...
0 comments

Being More Effective

Be the first person to recommend this.
4 Ways Mindfulness and Meditation Can Help You at Work. It can improve employee focus and behavior, while helping manage stress. When you're in the moment and purposefully paying attention, your brain can function at a higher level. When you think of  stress, work is probably the first thing to cross your mind. From working long hours to project overload, it's easy to see how stress hits the workplace. And let's face it: Stress is real – and we all feel it. It's also toxic to the organizztion. According to the American Institute of Stress, stress costs U.S. businesses over $300 billion every year in the forms of absenteeism, turnover, health care costs ...
1 comment

A Summer at ASHP

1 person recommends this.
As the dust settles on what was a busy summer that absolutely flew by, I wanted to provide some remarks and reflections on everything I was involved in while at ASHP. I am going to outline my thoughts coming into the summer, projects I participated in, the copious amount of networking, and some extracurricular activities. First and foremost, I did not have a well-defined plan of what I wanted to achieve out of this internship. I had submitted my application not believing to have even made it to the interview process let alone be selected. For that, I highly encourage everyone reading this to apply for some type of internship. They provide a myriad of skills, ...
0 comments

Master Your Email Inbox

Be the first person to recommend this.
I have recently come across an excellent 15 minute audio non-fiction book app. Blinkist The first week is free and then its $80/year. There are a huge number of books available beyond leadership and management such as history, biography, science, etc. Check out David Allen’s Getting Things Done and Get Better (Relationships), Decker Communicate for Influence, The Organized Mind, the Leading Brain etc. Sara -------- Tom Szaky in 5 Rules for Staying In Charge of Your Inbox Work smart to manage your messages, and not the other way around concludes. I am inundated with emails. I get hundreds a day, and make sure there's resolution to each and every ...
2 comments

the how and the why

Be the first person to recommend this.
Yesterday I sat in a very useful session at the Summer Meeting (Informatics Institute) about tricks and tips for using Microsoft Excel(TM). Interestingly, this session occurred on the last day of the meeting and yet was well-attended. Pretty clearly, a lot of people find themselves using Excel, and, even though I have been using it for years, I learned about some things that will probably make me more efficient. Having said that, one of the things that occurred to me as I listened to the presentation was the notion that a lot of the attendees make spreadsheets for other people to use.That being the case, I found myself wondering how the recipients of these spreadsheets ...
0 comments